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Use Cases

We are strategically inclined to continuously expand the capabilities of the Aggregion rights governance solution. Below is a curated selection of both real life use cases as well as conceptual scenarios being developed now for near-future applicability. The list of not exhaustive, just the scenarios that best illustrate the cross-industry reach of Aggregion on the cutting edge where the digital and physical worlds merge. The list is constantly updated.

Education: Print On Demand

An important project with Pearson and Canon to enable students to print entire paper books on printers at a public library. Unlike traditional local printing, through Aggregion platform copyright holders can control the licensing conditions for each book and the protected content is stored remotely.

Students in the pilot library (LIBFL, Library of Foreign Literature) may select Pearson books from library’s online catalog and in under 10 minutes an industrial Canon printer will print and stitch together the entire book. The whole end-to-end licensing process is managed through the Aggregion platform, which is integrated directly with the Canon printers and with the library’s online catalog. As more copyright holders engage this capability, consumers will have access to a wider selection of books (or any printed materials) and, as more vendors adopt the technology, be able to print them on home printers.

This is a key step in development of the Aggregion IP Flow process, which covers the licensing flow from copyright holders into manufacturing of physical products. Foreseeable next step in development of this technology is to enable 3D printing capabilities for consumers (print licensed blueprints at home) and for businesses (industrial grade printing at factories).

  • Copyright holders can control the product licensing conditions (smart contract) on any level of detail, and down to each specific user, printer, and location
  • Unlike traditional local printing, the content is not stored on computers or even the library network: copyright holder retains the content and it is delivered to each printer as required for each licensing iteration
  • Now that the licensing scenario and integration has been set up, it is easy to roll out to additional channels (libraries, schools, workplaces, etc)
  • As part of the Aggregion ecosystem all additional copyright holders will have distribution access to all channels and consumers at all additional channels will have access to catalogs of all copyright holders
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Education: Licensing to Institutions

In partnership with Microsoft and the Softline Group, a major project to provide affordable content to thousands of educational institutions in CEE through a single unified procurement portal.

Procurement of digital content and software for organizations and educational institutions has been particularly difficult with the advent of the digital age: so many types of software and content licenses, all requisitioned through different vendors and suppliers, all with different contracts and conditions, all paper-based.

In this project: Softline is #1 software distributor in CEE, not just for Microsoft products, but also for many other software vendors (ABBYY, Adobe, Corel, Kaspersky, etc). Softline creates and manages a unified procurement portal, accessible to thousands of educational institutions in CEE, making it simple to acquire software product licenses and manage them through a single point of entry. Aggregion provides a seamless licensing backbone between the Microsoft CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) billing system, Softline and the procurement portal, and any of Softline’s partner vendors. This project is ongoing since September 2017.

  • A reach of over 40.000 schools, universities, and libraries in CEE; a single software acquisition and licensing portal
  • Educational institutions can use a variety of models: buy, rent, subscription, etc.; tracking usage and expenses; a built-in billing module
  • Software vendors retain complete control and visibility of all and each their licenses; live reporting to any level of detail
  • Aggregion is one of few companies in the world approved for direct integration with Microsoft CSP billing system
  • Teachers may purchase content in bulk (for a class) and then re-distribute to students using C2C capability
  • Proof of concept test of Aggregion’s ‘snowball effect’ client acquisition strategy: partners of Softline become clients of Aggregion, creating continuous synergy
  • Aggregion is becoming the universal technology partner of Softline in the area of software licensing (currently 1.5% of Softline’s licensing revenue is processed through Aggregion)
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Education: 3rd Party Interactive VOD Platform

The Walt Disney Company CIS licenses its collection of shows and cartoons to SkyengTV, an online interactive VOD platform for learning English through a combination of original language programming and ‘smart subtitles’.

This case illustrates how Aggregion enables copyright holders to safely and efficiently license their content for use in a third party platform,

Skyeng is an online English teaching school that connects teachers and students via Skype lessons. SkyengTV is a project where licensed video content from Disney and its subsidiaries, such as ABC Studios, is available for Skyeng students in its native language: Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, Lost, and many other shows, movies, and cartoons. All video content is subtitled and students can click on each word to define its meaning. Videos on a specially created website play through the Aggregion video player, which is integrated directly with Aggregion platform, allowing for direct end-to-end control from Disney.

  • Establishing trust: enabling smaller channels to easily license content from major brands while giving them the comfortable environment of complete transparency and control.
  • 3rd party authorizations: students authorize in the Aggregion platform using their Skyeng logins through OAuth mechanisms and a user friendly landing website (not Aggregion App).
  • Aggregion video player simply plugs into website design and enables access once payment received and license activated.
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Publishing: Digital Content Licensing

Pearson is one of Aggregion’s most important strategic allies and clients. A variety of projects have been done with Pearson, encompassing the areas of digital content sales through online stores, mobile readers, integration with Pearson platforms, and bundling of Pearson products with third party copyright holders (such as Disney).

Distribution of Pearson content: Pearson books may be acquired through online stores connected to the Aggregion platform. The books are then accessible through the Pearson Reader.

Pearson Reader: a proprietary Aggregion content reader and player, branded as Pearson. It is integrated directly with the Aggregion platform enabling the seamless end-to-end flow of licenses from copyright holder through channels and to the end customers’ devices. The content in Pearson Reader may also be accessible by activating codes included in paper textbooks.

Integration with Pearson platform: some Pearson platforms, such as MyEnglishLab, are integrated with Aggregion, enabling Pearson to license the access to the platforms through the Aggregion platform. The platforms’ authentication systems are integrated with Aggregion, allowing users to use their universal Aggregion id to login into multiple systems.

Content Bundling: through the Aggregion platform the Pearson content may be bundled with content from other copyright holders. For example, in one of the cases, Pearson textbooks include activation codes to access related Disney content.

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Education: Digital Library

Aggregion’s Digital Library solution is used by Riga Technical University as a single point of access portal for all of University’s own and third-party educational content — textbooks, software, interactive learning materials — licensed through the Aggregion distribution network. Management tools such as Billing, Groups, Limits and Usage Models, and Tracking make it easier for University the remain within optimal budget for content procurement.

Product Catalog
Digital Library’s catalog comes integrated with the Aggregion back-end. This means that the products are part of the Aggregion distribution chain and University may assign license parameters and manage details (such as description, cover images, metadata, etc) for products and collections.

Usage Models and Tracking
Often institutions spend funds to acquire products that are underused or not used at all by the student body. Digital library offers flexible content usage models — Acquisition, Pay-Per-Use, and Subscription — to accommodate and optimize any budget. Aggregion’s analytical tools provide transparency to budgetary decisions: statistics on product usage by a group.

The University’s authorization system is integrated with Aggregion via OAuth, meaning that students and faculty may use their standard university usernames to login into the Digital Library. Each user may be assigned into roles, groups and limits restrictions.

Groups and Limits
The Groups function manages the access of the student body (by class, by professor, by year, etc). The Limits function allows to control how much content the students are allowed to buy through their education account and how many students may have simultaneous access to a specific product(s).

Advanced Search and Filtering
Since the catalog is expected to be of significant size, advanced search and filtering are possible through multiple criteria such as Price, Categories, Availability, Publication Date, Document Type, Language, and so on.

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Hardware: Bundling with Digital Content

Intel’s “Training For The Future” promotional campaign illustrated how the Aggregion technology may be used to achieve a win-win situation for all participants by combining digital products with hardware.

The promotional campaign was a collaboration between Intel, Aggregion, online and retail channels, device manufacturers, and the publishers of educational content. Intel handled the advertising while the Aggregion platform was used to manage the licensing relationships between all the participants and end customers.

The campaign promoted a selection of Intel-powered devices (notebooks, tablets, etc) to include free digital content as a part of the offer. Customers installed the Aggregion app, which automatically checked for the device processor type. If processor was determined as Intel, then the app offered free subscriptions to educational content, as per licensing conditions from publishers.

  • 203.000 Intel devices were purchased in this campaign and over 1 million licenses activated.
  • Aggregion integration with Intel TPM increased the content protection from piracy
  • Integration with Intel WiDi allowed to securely stream content from a mobile Intel device (notebook, ultrabook, tablet) over WiFi to a Smart TV
  • Aggregion optimized and increased the performance of multimedia content specifically on Intel devices and processors
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Education: Smart School

Samsung Smart School was an educational interactive classroom project sponsored by Samsung and powered by Aggregion technology.

Samsung provided GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets with electronic S Pens for students as replacement for paper textbooks and notepads. Samsung ME 65B interactive screens were used instead of traditional blackboards. The tablets were running the Aggregion app through which students had access to educational content from the world’s leading publishers.

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