“Media-On-Demand” Multimedia Electronic Mail: An Approach to Support Online Services

  • Kei Nam Tsoi
  • Syed M. Rahman
Conference paper
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The existing design of e-mail systems architecture is effective for exchanging text-only message, but it is not capable of handling the multimedia message which has much larger volume, and requires more bandwidth and storage space than the text-only messages in order to store-and-forward the multimedia message. It is very slow and inefficient if the multimedia message is relaying on a slow network connection with limited bandwidth. Because of limited network bandwidth and disk spaces, some network mail handling system even set quotas for the mail data. In other words, if a mail message exceeds certain size, it will not be delivered to its intended recipients. We propose a “Parcel Collection” approach for exchanging multimedia electronic mail messages. This approach for exchanging multimedia electronic mail messages integrates the current WWW technologies with the existing electronic mail systems.


Network Bandwidth Multimedia Data User Agent Electronic Mail Message Delivery 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kei Nam Tsoi
    • 1
  • Syed M. Rahman
    • 1
  1. 1.Gippsland School of Computing and Information TechnologyMonash UniversityChurchillAustralia

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