SESAME targets innovations around three central elements in 5G: the placement of network intelligence and applications in the network edge through Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Edge Cloud Computing; the substantial evolution of the Small Cell concept, already mainstream in 4G but expected to deliver its full potential in the challenging high dense 5G scenarios; and the consolidation of multi-tenancy in communications infrastructures, allowing several operators/service providers to engage in new sharing models of both access capacity and edge computing capabilities.
VITAL is an ambitious proposal addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks. Enabling NFV into SatCom domain will provide operators with appropriate tools and interfaces in order to establish end-to-end fully operable virtualised satellite networks to be offered to third-party operators/service providers.
A European network where forces share communications, processes and a legal framework would greatly enforce response to disaster recovery and security against crime. Until now, uncertainty on costs, timescale and functionalities has slowed down integration of national Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) networks.
The IST WINEGLASS project aimed to exploit IP-based techniques to support mobility and soft-guaranteed QoS, in a wireless Internet architecture incorporating UMTS (3GPP) and WLAN access networks in the same "framework". The main purpose was to explore the potential of this framework in enabling location- and QoS-aware application services for wireless mobile users.
The ARROWS project aims at providing advanced Radio Resource Management (RRM) and Quality of Service (QoS) management solutions for the support of integrated voice and data services within the context of the 3G UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA). The project includes packet access, asymmetrical traffic and high bit-rate (up to 2Mbit/s) services for multimedia IP based applications. In summary, the main objectives of the project are:
The main objective of the project is the smooth transition from existing wireless systems to new generation ones. CAUTION++ will exploit knowledge and system platform developed under the framework of CAUTION project and extend this to UMTS and systems beyond. The main goal of this project is to design and develop a novel, low cost, flexible, highly efficient and scaleable system able to be utilized by mobile operators to increase the performance of all network segments.
The objective of the EVEREST project is to devise and assess a set of specific strategies and algorithms for access and core networks, leading to an optimised utilisation of scarcely available radio resources for the support of mixed services with end-to-end QoS mechanisms within heterogeneous networks beyond 3G.
The End-to-End Reconfigurability (E²R) project aims at bringing the full benefits of the valuable diversity within the Radio Eco-Space, composed of a wide range of systems such as Cellular, Wireless Local Area and Broadcast. The key objective of the E²R project is to devise, develop and trial architectural design of reconfigurable devices and supporting system functions to offer an expanded set of operational choices to the users, applications and service providers, operators, regulators in the context of heterogeneous mobile radio systems.
The network of excellence NEWCOM (Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications), active from March 2004 to February 2007, in aims at creating a European network that links in a cooperative way a large number of leading research groups addressing the Strategic Objective "Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G", a frontier research area of the Priority Thematic Area of IST.
The main dimensions of the NEWCOM vision are:
The objective of the AROMA project is to devise and assess a set of specific resource management strategies and algorithms for both the access and core network parts that guarantee the end-to-end QoS in the context of an all-IP heterogeneous network. In order to achieve this main objective, the following partial goals are addressed in the project: