Virtual Office Application for Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Period of Performance: 06/30/2000 - 03/30/2001


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Bernier & Assoc., Inc.
Topsfield, MA 01983
Principal Investigator


The Next Generation Internet is planned to be 100 to 1000 times faster than today's Internet. It will also be a functionally richer and a more secure environment. This new and still evolving technology base can and will have a profound impact on the way organizations conduct business. Groupware is another budding technology that will have a significant impact on business by making it easier for people that may be geographically dispersed to work together. The success of Groupware concepts will in large part be determined by how well this technology takes advantage of the Internet. Virtual Office concepts are one form of Groupware that attempt to create an environment where people that may be geographically dispersed can work together as though they physically shared the same office. This project explores how the evolving Internet technologies can impact and change State-of-the-Art Virtual Office concepts. The evolution of a more powerful and efficient Virtual Office concept will have a dramatic impact on the cost of doing business, the quality of information that is used to support business transactions, and the involvement of key personnel in supporting business transactions.