Signalling system no. 7 as an agent platform message transport protocol

Rob Brennan, Brendan Jennings, Thomas Curran

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FIPA has provided a standardised model for implementing inter- operable agent systems that may prove the basis for new solutions to the problem of managing the growing complexity of the telecommunications infrastructure. However, the ability of agents to operate in the telecommunications domain would be greatly enhanced if the FIPA architecture was refined to deal with the standardised Signalling System No. 7 (SS.7) communications protocol suite almost universally used for the control of telecommunications networks. The current FIPA model is TCP/IP centred, thus in order to use the SS.7 infrastructure a mapping from FIPA message transport requirements to SS.7 protocol transport capabilities must be performed. A protocol for the distribution of FIPA ACL messages in SS.7 networks must also be defined. Analysis of the possibilities shows that there are different design choices depending upon the exact deployment model and agent capabilities required. In addition it is necessary to allow the use of SS.7 addresses within the FIPA management protocols. An evaluation of best common practice for CORBA-based FIPA implementations in the SS.7 domain must also be defined. This treatment highlights the failings of the current FIPA model when applied to the real-time, bandwidth-constrained, specialised protocol environment of telecommunications signalling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence in Services and Networks
Subtitle of host publicationPaving the Way for an Open Service Market - 6th International Conference on Intelligence and Services in Networks, IS and N 1999, Proceedings
EditorsHan Zuidweg, Mario Campolargo, Jaime Delgado, Al Mullery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)3540658955, 9783540658955
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Intelligence in Services and Networks, IS and N 1999 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 27 Apr 199929 Apr 1999

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Intelligence in Services and Networks, IS and N 1999


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