Intelligent Networks: Telecommunications Solutions for the 1990s addresses the telecommunications perspective of the 1990s and the problems involved in the transition from where we are now to where we should be within the next decade. It will appeal to managers as well as specialists interested in how communications and information technologies will evolve during the coming five to seven years. Valuable information on how they can use the new products becoming available to their company's advantage is also provided. This book is divided into two parts: Part 1 focuses on the strategic aspects of Intelligent Networks, while Part 2 looks into the dynamics and mechanics of computer networks and focuses on transition. Topics discussed in Part 1 include a look into advanced projects currently under development in the U.S. and Japan; the next big steps in deregulation from the viewpoint of the Federal Communications Commission; Artificial Intelligence (AI) implementation in network operations; the establishment of global private networks with AI as the infrastructure; and a discussion regarding the merits of open architectures, ISDN, teleports and bypass, and photonics. Topics discussed in Part 2 include system integration; a case study of Union Bank of Switzerland and how an Intelligent Network documentation database can be used to increase the quality of network design, improve upon the reliability of its implementation, automate diagnostics and facilitate maintenance, provide quality histories for different vendors, and swamp the costs associated with networking. Part 2 also includes a discussion regarding the prerequisites for system reliability; management's role in cost-effectiveness; telecommunications tariffs and the architectural impact on costing; and "how to" tips for negotiating with vendors.
1. American and Japanese Telecommunications Organization Look to the 1990s and Beyond 2. Deregulation and reregulation by the Federal Communications Commission 3. Artificial Intelligence Implementation in Network Operations 4. The Establishments of Global Private Networks 5. Realspace: Serving Realtime Applications in Multiple Domains and a Global Topology 6. Open Architectures, ISDN, and the Impact of Photonics 7. Systems Integration Intelligent Buildings 8. Implementing Systems Integration 9. The far-reaching Image of a Secure System Architecture 10. Using Intelligent CAD Approaches in Network Design and Documentation: A UBS Example 11. Prerequisites for System Reliability 12. The Control of Telecommunications Costs 13. Telecommunications Tariffs and Architectural Impact on Costing 14. The Essence of Responsibility Accounting in Communication technology 15. Negotiating with the Vendor