Applied Communication Sciences Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Sending First Internet Email Attachments
PISCATAWAY, N.J., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Applied Communication Sciences, a leading provider of advanced communications research, consulting and engineering, today announced that the company will host a 20th anniversary event to celebrate the sending of the first standardized email attachment over the Internet on Monday, March 5th, at its headquarters in Piscataway, NJ.
The event will gather the core researchers who developed the ground-breaking MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) technology that became the official Internet standard that defines how multimedia objects are labeled, compounded and encoded for transport over the Internet. Researchers at Bellcore (the forerunner of Applied Communication Sciences and its parent, Telcordia Technologies) developed the MIME specifications and were instrumental in its worldwide adoption, enabling email users to send and receive graphics, audio and video files across diverse Internet mail systems and support messages in various character sets.
Prior to MIME, e-mail attachments could not be sent between users on different e-mail systems, as those few systems that supported attachments had proprietary ways of handling them. As the general public started embracing the Internet through different service providers in the 1990s, the need for a standardized way to attach files to e-mails became necessary. It was MIME that became that standard.
“The development of MIME was a critical breakthrough in enabling the multimedia era on the Web,” said Dr. Marek Rusinkiewicz, head of research at Applied Communication Sciences. “Of the many inventions we’ve developed in our labs, none have been more widely used than MIME.” Today, trillions of emails are sent annually using the MIME standard.
At the 20th anniversary event, Dr. Nathaniel Borenstein, Chief Scientist at Mimecast and one of the technology’s lead inventors when he worked at Bellcore, will address attendees during a keynote marking the significant occasion.
About Applied Communication Sciences
Applied Communication Sciences (formerly Telcordia Advanced Technology Solutions) delivers advanced research, consulting and engineering to enable government agencies, telecom carriers and commercial enterprises to fully exploit the future of communications and information technologies. Drawing on its Telcordia, Bellcore and Bell Labs heritage, Applied Communication Sciences excels at creating innovative technologies and services to solve the most difficult, complex information and communication problems. The company is headquartered in Piscataway, NJ. Visit Applied Communication Sciences at: www.appcomsci.com.
SOURCE Applied Communication Sciences