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Espresso intend to demonstrate that satellite delivery is a viable and preferable delivery system for high-bandwidth applications, which enhance curriculum delivery in the classroom.
During the pilot operation Espresso will set up and run a complete end-to-end solution, including the active participation of up to two hundred UK schools from as many as fifteen UK Local Education Authorities (LEA). Our goal is to develop widespread commercial deployment to several thousand schools in the commercial development phases that will follow successful pilot operations.
The principal challenges which the project addresses are:
Espresso's video-rich content - regularly updated with news and events from the real world- delivered within educationally focused, interactive modules - will stimulate learning and enhance the delivery of the curriculum.
The technical solutions developed to implement the initial service offering will provide the basis for further development of new services and support for other tele-education applications.
See linked system architecture image.
The Espresso for Schools pilot project under ARTES 3 has been successfully concluded at the end of December 1999. This web page will continue to exist (maintained by ESTEC) to provide information to track and report the progress undertaken by Espresso after the conclusion of the contractual activities of this project with ESA.