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1. (WO2002006973) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED SERVICE PROVISIONING ACROSS MULTIPLE NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES

Pub. No.:    WO/2002/006973    International Application No.:    PCT/US2001/022109
Publication Date: Jan 24, 2002 International Filing Date: Jul 13, 2001
IPC: H04L 12/24
Applicants: APRISMA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
LEWIS, Lundy, M.
Inventors: LEWIS, Lundy, M.
Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED SERVICE PROVISIONING ACROSS MULTIPLE NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES
Abstract:
In a system of data, voice, application and video services that depend on multiple, interconnected network technologies, a management system suited for a particular networking technology manages each separate technology domain. A higher-level cross-domain system performs the task of automated service provisioning including (i) interacting with the services providers and consumers to determine the services being contracted for (130); (ii) collecting data from the multiple management systems (120); and (iii) sending instruction (140) to the multiple management systems (112, 114, 116) in order to provision the required service and the associated quality across the multiple networking technologies. The individual management systems (112, 114, 116) of the invention collect service data from their respective technology domains (110) and provide it to a service collection function. This data is then utilized by the service determination function to determine what service instruction should be sent from a service instruction function to the management systems for implementation in their respective technology domains.