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Although the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Web Serviceshave been developed on the basis of different Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), opportunities for new services have emerged from converged access to IMS and Web Services. Researchers are focusing on finding means to develop converged access architectures for IMS and Web Services while preserving the benefits they provide and not overburdening the end users' terminals. In this paper, we classify the existing converged access methods for IMSand Web Services into four categories, compare them and identify their drawbacks. To address these drawbacks, we have designed a hybrid thin client-based novel architecture for converged access to multimedia services provided by a combination of IMS and Web Services. The proposed solution limits the impact of platform heterogeneity and resources by relinquishing the complexity of signalling and session management to an intermediate virtualization server, which in turn acts as a client for network-based services.
Date of Conference: 11-14 May 2010