Magic WAND

Wireless ATM Network Demonstrator (official Homepage)


Magic WAND is a joint european project to develop a demonstration of mobile terminals for multimedia information access using a fast and wireless ATM network. Communication between the mobiles based on portable computers and the access points serviced by an ATM switch will take place in the 5 GHz range.
User trials in hospitals and office environments will include applications for viewing of X-rays and other medical data, teleconferencing and a 'Guided Tour User Trial'.
This project will show the benefits of wireless ATM by providing a location independent terminal with realistic data rates even for demanding real world applications.

For more detailed information about the project please see a summary of the project proposal.

Magic WAND is a 3 years project started 10/95 and divided into 8 workpackages. There is a page of further contacts and links to our partners project pages.

Partners involved in the project

From industry:
Ascom Tech AG
AT&T GIS Wireless Communications Networks Division
IBM France and IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Research Center
Robert BOSCH GmbH

From academia:
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Laboratory for EM Fields and Microwave Electronics and the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory
University of Athens
University of Lancaster
University of Ulm
Tampere University of Technology

Workpackage 6: User Trials

Two different user trials are defined within the Magic WAND project to demonstrate the wide applicability of wireless ATM infrastructure: Medical imaging and consulting and Mobile computing.The Medical imaging and consulting trial uses wireless ATM-equipment to support doctors in hospitals where they can fetch X-ray images from a remote server while standing beside the patients bed.

If the doctors are not sure about the diagnoses due to the lack of a large screen or their knowledge, they can share the X-ray image with a more experienced collegue sitting in front of a screen with a higher resolution. The latter doctor may be located in the same building at his office and may communicate with the doctor standing at the bed using teleconferencing and telepointing. It is also possible that the more experienced collegue is not present at the same hospital but at a different hospital connected via the ATM pilot.

The right image (with kind permission of the department of Medical Informatics at the University of Heidelberg ) shows one possible scenario: a doctor standing on the floor in a ward, reviewing patients data or reading e-Mail with a pen-based computer. It would also be possible to view X-rays or perform a video-conference with a more powerful Laptop.

TC-Member: Prof. Dr. Peter Schulthess
Leader of Work Package 6 and Local Work Group in Ulm: Andreas Kassler Local Workpackage Members: Andreas Kassler, Michael Schöttner, Oliver Schirpf, Moritz Wende
Conference Papers:

[Distributed Systems Homepage] [Andreas Kassler]