RESEARCH AREA: DIGITAL MEDIA OPERATIONS
“HELIOS” RESEARCH PROJECT
The aim of this research project is to develop a revolutionary platform for citizen journalism and social media. Term of the project: 2019 to 2021.
These days, more and more citizens are becoming journalists. Whenever and wherever an incident, accident, attack or demonstration, etc. takes place, people will be on the scene who can take photos and record videos of the events with their smartphone live and direct and share them on various social media sites. Journalists and media organisations are only too happy to pay for this material in order to be able to include it in their reports. But is the material real or fake? Which senders and which social media sites can be trusted? What is the situation with regard to image rights? And what about remuneration? This is all currently either regulated and documented across an extremely wide range of different sites or not at all.
Aim and implementation of the Helios platform
- Intelligent workflows – based on blockchain network architecture – ensure that content can be uploaded anonymously and used via a single trusted video exchange platform.
- Publishers can access the content directly via the mobile app and edit the material (cut it, set it to music and add text, etc.) in a user-friendly and media-compatible manner.
- The content is reliable as it cannot be manipulated thanks to the blockchain technology. The platform features digital rights management and safeguards privacy.
- Data are protected and are billed via “credits”. “Citizen journalists” also benefit from this. Remuneration is based on actual usage, similarly to a wallet. A new marketplace is emerging.
Helios is expected to trigger a social media revolution in Europe.
Initial successful tests have already been conducted with SWI swissinfo.ch. A corresponding technical video for publishers is currently under development.
19 May 2022
innovation and research projects on swisstxt.ch
For several years, SWISS TXT has been deeply involved in European research and development projects in the areas of our core competencies, DMO (Digital Media Operation) and accessibility. Our current projects are available on swisstxt.ch.
21 September 2021
Successful field test
with mobile citizen journalist app
As part of the EU’s HELIOS research project, SWISS TXT once again put its mobile CJ Reporter app to the test under real-life conditions at the 2021 Jungfrau Marathon.
09 September 2021
Live test of mobile citizen journalist app at the Jungfrau Marathon
SWISS TXT tested an initial prototype of the mobile citizen journalist app, which was developed as part of the EU’s HELIOS research project, at the Jungfrau Marathon two years ago. The app allows users to decentrally store recorded videos and captured images on the Internet and uses blockchain technology to ensure anonymity. A marketplace for sharing content enables publishing houses and media organisations to make further use of it. Citizen journalists can then be rewarded in cryptocurrency. The application will once again be put to the test under real-life conditions together with other applications that were developed as part of HELIOS during this year’s 28th Jungfrau Marathon, which will be held on 11 September 2021.
06 September 2021
MOG and SWISS TXT announce a new partnership
Biel/Bienne, 6th September 2021: SWISS TXT, the subsidiary of SRG SSR, announces today a new partnership with MOG Technologies, the worldwide supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media. This partnership is the result of a successful collaboration in the HELIOS research project, sponsored and funded by the EU.
09 October 2019
2019 Jungfrau Marathon
HELIOS research project
SWISS TXT tested the EU-funded research project HELIOS at the Jungfrau Marathon on 7 September 2019 in Interlaken and demonstrated the project’s feasibility.
11 September 2019
HELIOS at the 2019 Jungfrau Marathon
SWISS TXT demonstrated the feasibility of European research project HELIOS at the Jungfrau Marathon in Interlaken. Discover the insights and social media content that was created with the mobile app and video exchange platform of HELIOS in this article. We will present the full use case on our stand at the IBC2019 in Amsterdam.
05 September 2019
SWISS TXT tests HELIOS at the 2019 Jungfrau Marathon
SWISS TXT is testing the EU research project HELIOS – developed with well-known partners from across Europe – at the Jungfrau Marathon in Interlaken on 7 September 2019.
12 July 2019
redefine the future of Social Networks
European project HELIOS
The project aims at developing a decentralized social media platform guaranteeing trust and privacy to all users while allowing developers to create easy-to-apply social media functionality by reducing costs and development complexity.