Multi-layered multimedia systems appear particularly in the fields of traffic, architecture and leisure. For example:
- Communications systems on cruise ships
- Information systems at large-scale events
- Convenience systems in intelligent buildings
- Control systems in theme parks
- Cross media systems for interactive television
What these systems have in common is that their successful design depends upon the interaction of several disciplines. Requirements from the disciplines of engineering sciences, computer science, psychology, art, sociology and politics must be combined to form one cohesive complete system. Correspondingly, complex systems can be distinguished by demanding characteristics:
- Multilateral projects
- Application of embedded systems
- Broad user groups
- Realtime requirements and safety requirements
- Distributed systems
- Emotionality of the consumers
In the future multi-layered systems will also be used in areas where very little technology is presently employed. Examples are gastronomy and fashion.
Challenges and solutions
Often three or more equal parties with diverse interests are involved in the development of complex systems. Only system-wide business models will suffice. During the planning and design I tailor the respective system-wide business model to the product, so that all parties involved are able to recognise their original interests in the product itself.
Complex multilayered systems often encompass not only several technological and commercial layers but also psychological, political and artistic layers. The design of such systems requires interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary understanding and approach. This is why I combine precise formal system engineering methods with intuition, creativity and informal/semi-formal specifications oriented on the target group.
Realtime conditions, environmental influences, limited user interfaces and high cost pressure are just a few of the factors to be taken into account when developing embedded systems. These are often constituent parts of multi-layered systems. For this reason I apply many methods from the development of embedded systems to the design of the higher-level multi-layered system.
Broad user groups
Multi-layered systems are often used by a great variety of different people for a great variety of different goals. For this reason I use scenario analyses, graduated dialogue design and user typologies for the interaction design.