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Federated accounting management system architecture for multimedia service usage management

: Bhushan, B.; Gringel, T.; Ryan, C.; Leray, E.; Leastar, E. de; Cloney, J.


Almeroth, K.C. ; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-:
Management of multimedia on the Internet : 5th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services, Santa Barbara, CA USA, October 6 - 9, 2002, proceedings, MMNS 2002
Berlin: Springer, 2002 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2496)
ISBN: 3-540-44271-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Conference on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services (MMNS) <5, 2002, Santa Barbara/Calif.>
Fraunhofer FOKUS ()
federated accounting management system architecture; multimedia service usage management; service provider; standard based interface; shared information model; quality of service; QoS; TMForum; Telemanagement Forum; IPDR; Internet Protocol Detail Record; IETF; Internet Engineering Task Force; OMG; Object Management Group; charge aggregation; payment settlement; online billing; UML - Unified Modeling Language

Service consumers are increasingly becoming aware of QoS and service subscriptions. Service providers (SPs) are also recognizing the opportunity to generate revenue by bundling services in packages and providing them to customers. Standardization bodies have begun to address requirements of charging and usage accounting management as SPs are increasingly relying on them. Federated accounting management concept stems from these developments. It specifically supports the requirement of SPs to cooperate in a federated manner and share the revenue. It also supports the requirements of charging and billing being subcontracted to a third-party. It is proposed that standard-based interfaces and shared information model, and a well-accepted development methodology are keys to enabling cooperation between SPs. It presents a requirement analysis and a federated accounting management system architecture, which are based on the recommendations laid down by TMForum (Telemanagement Forum), IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record), OMG (Object Management Group) and IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) organizations. The architecture supports mediation, rating, charges aggregation, settlement, and online billing.