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PredICT - Traffic prediction and estimation with connected and automated vehicles data

Mobility solutions try to use the road infrastructure more safely and efficiently by means of a better knowledge of the traffic conditions through the Information and Communications Technologies. Traditional solutions consider the use of fixed sensors such as traffic cameras or inductive loops. An alternative solution is getting information from GPS devices installed on vehicles through mobile devices and Floating Car Data (FCD) services. FCD solutions extract limited information from vehicles (position and speed). The next C-ITS cooperative systems will enable Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications, and will transform connected vehicles into real moving sensors. These systems will be integrated with vehicle electronics and sensors, allowing vehicles to interchange more enriched information than with FCD solutions (e.g. direction information, braking, type of vehicle or information about rain or ice on the road), and with higher frequency considering that the transmitted information will also be used for active safety services. This will produce an enormous volume of data originated at connected vehicles.
< The studies presented to date have been focused on the use of connected vehicles data to characterize traffic condition. This project proposes the use of connected vehicles data to predict traffic through the development of new techniques based on artificial intelligence. Specifically, the project propose the design of advanced neural networks capable of extracting knowledge from time-space data that connected vehicles will provide. The study will consider different penetration rate scenarios of connected vehicles and the associated challenges. While a low penetration rate can affect data precision, a high penetration rate may become a challenge from the point of view of data management and processing. The project will analyze the former challenge using the approach of a possible fusion of ITS sensor data (with less deploy granularity but more measurement precision) with connected vehicles data. This project will also consider the option of using Big Data techniques, if needed, in order to manage and process the enormous volumes of data resulting from a high penetration rate of connected vehicle. The project also proposes a novel study of the impact of automated driving on the prediction and characterization of traffic. Automated driving can improve not only road safety but also the efficient use of road infrastructure allowing vehicles to drive with lower gaps (firstly by driving in platoons), with no loss of road safety. These new traffic patterns are not considered nowadays, nor in the traffic quality designation rules neither in the techniques developed up to date for prediction and characterization of traffic. The project then proposes an investigation of the impact of automated driving and the proposition of techniques which allow a proper characterization and prediction of traffic in scenarios where automated vehicles coexist with connected vehicles and conventional vehicles.
Partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
Funding: Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT), Spanish Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Duration: December 2017 - December 2018

AUTOWARE - Wireless Autonomous, Reliable and Resilient ProductIon Operation ARchitecture for Cognitive Manufacturing

Current practice is such that a production system is designed and optimized to execute the exact same process over and over again. The planning and control of production systems has become increasingly complex regarding flexibility and productivity, as well as the decreasing predictability of processes. The full potential of open CPS has yet to be fully realized in the context of cognitive autonomous production systems. SMEs face additional challenges to the implementation of “cloudified” automation processes. While the building blocks for digital automation are available, it is up to the SMEs to align, connect and integrate them together to meet the needs of their individual advanced manufacturing processes. Moreover, SMEs face difficulties to make decisions on strategic automation investments that will boost their business strategy. AUTOWARE (http://www.autoware-eu.org/) objective is to build three distinct pillars to form a multi-sided ecosystem. (1) From the BeinCPPS, leverage a reference architecture (fully aligned with CRYSTAL and EMC2 CPS design practices and ARROWHEAD cloudification approach) across I4MS competence domains (cloud,CPPS, robotics), acting as a glue that will attract potential users and developers to a friendly ecosystem for business development, more efficient service development over harmonized architectures (smart machine, cloudified control, cognitive planning- app-ized operation). (2) To leverage a number of SME enablers; e.g. augmented virtuality, reliable wireless communications, CPPS trusted auto-configuration, smart data distribution and cognitive planning to ease cognitive autonomous systems. Finally, to leverage digital automation investments. AUTOWARE brings together the best of breed ARTEMISIA/ECSEL platforms, I4MS innovation, SAFIR business platforms and neutral experimental sites (robotics & process). AUTOWARE assets will be evaluated in two industrial pilots, PWR and SCM, and will offer well established industry and start-ups new business opportunities. AUTOWARE will develop CPPS solutions that exploit IoT and cloud technologies that will help develop the Industry 4.0 for the digitalization of the industry and the design of flexible cyber factories capable to adapt their production and operation to the needs and demands.
Partners: SQS, Innovalia, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and Tekniker (Spain); SmartFactory, Fraunhofer and SMC (Germany); TTTech (Austria); Blue Ocean Robotics (Denmark); Robovision and Imec (Belgium); PWR Pack (Netherlands); CNR (Italy); Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia).
Funding: European Commission. Topic FOF-11-2016 (Factories of the Future).
Duration: 2016 - 2019

5GEAR - Device-centric wireless networks for converged 5G and connected vehicles ecosystems

Future wireless networks should be able to handle massive growth in data usage and support very large numbers of connected devices with very different requirements and characteristics. Current targets for 5G networks include the provision of data rates 50 to 100 times higher than in 4G networks, significantly lower latency levels, higher energy efficiency, and the support of 10 to 100 times more devices. 5G networks will rely on a variety of advancements at the network (SDN and NFV), access and physical levels, including the use of higher mm-wave frequency bands. A fundamental part of 5G networks will be device-centric wireless technologies (Device to Device -D2D- and Multi-Hop Cellular Networks -MCN) that can significantly help improving the spectral and energy efficiency, the capacity and the Quality of Experience (QoE). One important objective within the design of 5G networks is the support of connected vehicles, which also includes automated vehicles with strong reliability and latency requirements. Current connected vehicle technologies mainly rely on IEEE802.11p/ITSG5 technologies for both V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) and V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) communications. 802.11p vehicular communications can suffer from significant challenges in terms of reliability, congestion and scalability, interference and bandwidth shortage (particularly relevant for the support of automated driving). The use of cellular and heterogeneous device-centric wireless technologies (including D2D, MCN and current 802.11p solutions) for both V2V and V2I could help overcome some of the communications and networking challenges detected for connected vehicles. Device-centric wireless solutions will hence play a significant role for the design of heterogeneous networks capable to support communications for both mobile phones/devices and connected vehicles. This project proposes to investigate and design novel device-centric heterogeneous wireless communications and networking solutions that address the challenges and objectives rose for both 5G and connected vehicles. The project will extend current device-centric wireless solutions and evolve devices (whether mobile phones/devices or vehicles) from mere data sinks to more active nodes that participate in the network management and operation. The project will focus on key technological components that are critical for both 5G and connected vehicles but that require solutions adapted to the constraints of each device, service to be provided (both human- and vehicle-centric), and deployment scenarios (including pedestrian, vehicular, and hybrid scenarios where vehicles and mobile devices interact). For example, both D2D and V2V communications require the discovery of peer neighbors. However, while the discovery process for D2D is energy constrained, it is latency constrained for V2V. The project contributions will focus on the areas of flexible device-centric architectures, connectivity management, dynamic heterogeneous technologies and spectrum management, context-aware networking, and experimental validation and demonstration.
Partners: Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and Innovalia.
Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Duration: 2015 - 2017

ENGINE - Mission-critical and demand-driven 5G and beyond wireless communications and networking for connected autonomous vehicles and factories

5G mobile technology is expected to enable a fully mobile and connected society, and to empower transformations in many verticals, including automotive and industry 4.0. Mobile broadband 5G and pure infrastructure-centric approaches will face significant challenges to address a projected data demand that increases at a higher rate than the network capacity. Moreover, the increasing levels of automation in vehicles and factories put additional constraints in current networks to meet the requirements of mission-critical services. These requirements are not constrained anymore to high reliability and low latency levels but also to higher bandwidth demands.
In addition to new air interfaces and high spectrum bands, 5G relies on the densification and softwarisation of networks. This project looks a step further, and proposes to develop communications and networking protocols necessary to develop a Beyond 5G vision where infrastructure-centric and device-centric networks coexist in a complementary manner. 5G and beyond networks will exploit the communications, computing and storage resources of smart devices, and transform them into cognitive mobile edge network nodes that opportunistically and locally integrate network management functions to ensure that sufficient resources are placed where the demand arises. This vision is particularly suited for the automotive and industry 4.0 verticals given the presence of more powerful devices. The capabilities of these devices can be exploited, with the assistance or coordination with the network infrastructure, to achieve the reliability and low/deterministic latency communication requirements of these mission-critical verticals, and to efficiently support data-intensive applications characteristic of autonomous vehicles or digitalized factories.
This project will investigate fundamental communications and networking protocols to support mission-critical services and demand-driven networks in the envisioned beyond 5G scenario, with a particular focus on connected autonomous vehicles and factories. The project will study novel radio resource management and layer 2 solutions to ensure the scalability of vehicular and industrial networks, and be able to support highly reliable and low/deterministic latency connections. Vehicular and industrial networks will be sustained by heterogeneous wireless technologies (including Cellular V2X, mmWave and private LTE/5G), and this project will investigate how to exploit them by designing innovative mode selection schemes that consider the possibility to establish multi-link, multi-mode and multi-RAT (Radio Access Technology) connections. The project will investigate how these technologies should be optimally utilized, and will propose novel interworking protocols for cross-RAT/system optimization. Building on the proposed communication solutions, the project will investigate reconfigurable and cognitive demand-driven networking protocols that can support the opportunistic transformation of devices into cognitive edge network nodes within a hybrid management framework. This framework should facilitate the efficient coordination of local and global networking and managament decisions, and the collaboration between devices and the infrastructure. Strong emphasis will be placed on the experimentation through a series of state of the art simulation and hardware testbeds, and on the alignment of the project with international standards in order to maximize its impact.
Partners: Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and Innovalia.
Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and FEDER.
Duration: 2018 - 2020

CIVIC – Exploiting massive heterogeneous mobility data for Smart Cities that integrate cooperative ITS systems

CIVIC will design and implement a platform for the management, analysis and exploitation of large amounts of mobility data obtained from different sources, including traditional ITS systems, open data platforms, and cooperative ITS technologies. The platform will be able to process these heterogeneous data, and provide a quicker and more reliable characterization of traffic conditions, as well as the earlier detection of traffic patterns and congestion problems. The CIVIC platform will integrate Big Data solutions and business intelligence through the Pentaho software suite. The development of the CIVIC platform will support the positioning of the Spanish ITS industry through the development of innovative state of the art solutions.
Partners: IKUSI and Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche.
Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Duration: 2014 - 2017

ARCO5G - Advanced Radio COmmunications for 5th Generation

ARCO5G is a proposal of 10 of the Spanish research groups that are currently working in the key aspects of the development of the new generation of Mobile Communication Networks. The main motivation of this network is to increase the sinergies among the participating groups and research centers that work in Spain in the area of Mobile Communications, with the aim of identifying and adding skills, starting up new collaborations, syncronising the research strategies and multiplying the opportuinities of success in international projects. ARCO5G also intends to reinforce the visibility of our research among the industry, helping to the development in the mid-term of new Enterprise business in this area. ARCO5G will develop its activities open to any research group, entity or industry in Spain willing to cooperate with the network. The main objectives of ARCO5G are:

  • To improve the mutual knowledge and synchronisation of interest among the participating groups, increasing the cooperation actions and avoiding duplicities.
  • To increase the opportunities for young researchers and technicians in the area of Mobile Communications, on the basis of the exchange of information and experiences bewteen the Spanish R&D groups, plus the joint organisation of training schools and seminars on advanced research topics.
  • To maximize the opportunities of funding projects in H2020 and the returns to our country, by focusing the activities of the network in the coordination of research strategies, exchange of information among the groups, improvement of the joint visibility and the participation as a network in international research forums.
  • To facilitate new channels for the technology transfer to Spanish companies, promoting the collaborative participation academia-industry to international projects, with a special focus on the strategic plans and competitivity of the SMEs and new entreprises.
  • Partners: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Universidad de Málaga, Universidad de Zaragoza, CTTC, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
    Duration: 2014 - 2016


    OPPORTUNITIES - Opportunistic Mobile Relaying Communications for Reliable and Efficient Multi-Hop Cellular Networks

    Cellular systems have significantly evolved over the past decades with the emergence of new radio access technologies, and the implementation of advanced techniques that have increased the spectral efficiency. The cellular architecture has also been modified with the introduction of 3.5G and 4G cellular standards, although the changes introduced have generally been done in the framework of the traditional infrastructure-centric cellular architecture concept. A significant novelty introduced by the LTE-Advanced standard is the integration of relaying techniques into cellular systems. Relaying techniques are expected to significantly improve the system capacity and user-perceived Quality of Service through the substitution of long-distance, and generally non-line of sight, cellular links with various multi-hop transmissions with improved link budgets. The introduction of relaying techniques into cellular standards has initially focused in fixed relaying solutions. However, the consideration of mobile relays through the integration of ad-hoc wireless networking and cellular systems, into what is generally referred to as Multihop Cellular Networks (MCN), offers a plethora of novel communications possibilities by exploiting the resources of deployed mobile devices in an opportunistic and collaborative operational framework. The availability and use of the cellular infrastructure in MCN-MR systems offers significant opportunities to improve the efficiency and reliability of mobile relaying communications. To this aim, this project is aimed at investigating contextual, adaptive and opportunistic techniques to improve the reliability and energy/resources efficiency of mobile relaying communications in MCN systems. The project will investigate the possibilities that exploiting the cellular infrastructure and its signalling capabilities offer to increase such reliability and efficiency.
    Partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Innovalia.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
    Duration: January 2012 - December 2014

    COONTROLER – Cooperative ITS Road Side Unit for the Dynamic and Intelligent Management of Road Transport

    Intelligent Transportation Sistems (ITS) have emerged as a result of increased road traffic flows and the need for a safer and more efficient use of the road transport network. The integration of wireless technologies into ITS systems has facilitated the emergence of cooperative vehicular systems enabling Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. Cooperative vehicular communications will be enabled through the integration of On-Board Units (OBUs) into vehicles, and the deployment Road Side Units (RSUs) as cooperative road infrastructure nodes. The potential of cooperative ITS systems has been internationally recognized and major Field Operational Tests are being planned. The interest on cooperative ITS systems has resulted in the establishment of international standards, such as those currently under development in the ETSI Technical Committee on ITS and that are based on IEEE 802.11p technologies, and the start of development of innovative cooperative ITS systems and prototypes. In this context, the COONTROLER project is aimed at increasing the Spanish industry competitiveness in the emerging market of cooperative ITS technologies through the development of an innovative cooperative ITS Road Side Unit with a modular design capable to gradually integrate novel cooperative ITS applications.
    Partners: Ikusi (Coordinator) and Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
    Duration: November 2011 - October 2013

    FASyS - Safe and Healthy Factory of the Future

    FASyS is a unique 23Meuro R&D project aimed at developing a new factory model that significantly reduces the safety and health risks of its workers, while improving their productivity and confort. The ‘accident-free’ FASyS factory vision aligns with European targets to reduce work accidents by 25% in 2020. It is also a need to realise the European Factory of the Future vision, where manufacturing environments will employ highly sofisticated technologies, will be extremely dynamic and the production will be more variable. These conditions will expose factory workers to more diverse working conditions where increasing professional habilities and capacities will be required. In this context, FASyS will develop different strategies to minimize safety and health risks in the factory of the future. In particular, FASyS will investigate: the development of health and working conditions monitoring devices; wireless communication systems in industrial environments; data processing and interpreting techniques to detect the workers conditions; decision policies; contingency plans and protocols for the worker’s health monitoring. Within FASyS, Uwicore, together with its industrial partners INDRA and Nextel, will lead the development of FASyS wireless communications systems, encompassing wireless sensor networks and hybrid wireless/cellular backhaul solutions. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.fasys.es/.
    Partners: Industrial partners: Nextel (coordinator), Fremap, Siemens, Indra, TRW, TSB, Datapixel, Eneo Tecnología, Doimak, Goratu, Jatorman, Trimek, Carsa. Research partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Innovalia, University of Salamanca, Polytechnic University of Valencia, ESM, ITACA, Tekniker, University of Valencia, IBV, Asociación de la Industria de Navarra, Complutense University of Madrid.
    Funding: Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (Industrial partner's funding agency) / Uwicore's funding: INDRA and Nextel.
    Duration: September 2009 - December 2012

    INTELVIA - Integrated Control, Signalling and Communications Systems for the Safe and Intelligent Traffic Management

    The INTELVIA project is aimed at developing, validating and implementing a new integrated system for a safe, efficient and intelligent traffic management through the integration of control, signalling and communication systems. To achieve its goals, INTELVIA will focus on developing artificial vision and cooperative vehicular communication technologies, which will be deployed along the road infrastructure and on-board vehicles. The different subsystems will be integrated at the traffic control center, where intelligent algorithms for the detection and management of traffic incidents will be deployed. Within INTELVIA, the Uwicore laboratory will work on cooperative vehicular communication systems both within the vehicle and along the road infrastructure network. In particular, Uwicore will lead the development of a novel radio traffic signalling system that will complement, and potentially even substitute current signalling solutions. The radio signalling solution will be based on cooperative vehicular communications, and wireless multi-hop technologies to improve the real-time interaction with drivers, improve the signalling capabilities under bad weather conditions, and also increase the flexibility and possibility to deploy dynamic and adaptive real-time traffic management solutions based on cooperative technologies. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.uwicore.umh.es/INTELVIA.html and http://www.intel-via.org/.
    Partners: Ikusi (Coordinator), Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Applus+ Idiada, Ferrovial, Libera Networks, Vicomtech, NTS Mobile, ICCA, Universidad de Valencia, TIL-ITS, DGT.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (Avanza I+D) and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) / European Regional Development Found (ERDF).
    Duration: April 2009 - December 2011

    mHOP - Multi-Hop Cellular Communications in Heterogeneous Beyond 3G Wireless Systems

    Cellular communications have shown over the past decades their potential to provide ubiquituous mobile communications services with increasing data rates and multimedia capabilities. To cope with the increase demand for higher bit rates necessary to provide richer and more diverse multimedia services, several 4G research trends can be identified. Despite research efforts, the fundamental limits of communication technologies and radio propagation result in that data rates in a traditional cellular architecture, and independently of the 3.5G or 4G radio interfaces being employed, decrease with the distance to the serving base station. Providing homogeneous high bit rates, as requested by the ITU recommendations for the future 4G systems, would require to considerably increase the transmission powers, or to limit the link to short distances, which will in turn increase the number of base stations to be deployed and consequently the network's roll out and operational cost. These constraints question the economical feasibility of the current cellular architecture to cater for the requirements of future mobile communication services. In parallel to the continuous development of mobile cellular communications systems, ad-hoc wireless networking has emerged as an alternative technology enabling nodes to form an infraestructureless network by communicating via multi-hop links. Their capacity to enable high bit rates over various reduced multi-hop communication distances has fueled the emergence of a novel but promising field, combining cellular and ad-hoc networking technologies, referred to as Multihop Cellular Networks (MCN). MCN preserves the benefit of using a communications infrastructure while overcoming the limitations of cellular networks to provide homogeneous high bit rates over large areas through the use of multi-hop transmissions over short distances. In this context, this project is aimed at investigating multi-hop cellular communications for heterogeneous Beyond 3G systems with a special interest on mobile relaying solutions. In particular, the project will address three key factors to ensure the viability and performance of MCN solutions: multi-hop link level connectivity, cooperation between mobile terminals, and integration of MCN systems in an heterogeneous networking environment. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.uwicore.umh.es/mhop.html.
    Partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Sciencie and Innovation.
    Duration: January 2009 - December 2011

    ITS-ASSES - Definition and Implementation of Cooperative Vehicular Testing Protocols and Prototype

    Cooperative vehicular communications are currently under development worlwide to improve traffic safety and efficiency through Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. Various international initiatives in Europe, Japan and USA are conducting or planning cooperative Field Operational Tests (FOT) for the wide testing of cooperative technologies under realistic conditions. FOTs for cooperative vehicular communication systems will provide an excellent opportunity to analyse the benefits and user-acceptance of cooperative ITS technologies with on-field trials and real implementations. However, since FOTs involve normal drivers as early adopters of a new technology, their use to test and optimise traffic safety applications using cooperative vehicular communication technologies under dangerous conditions is not ideal. The development of effective cooperative-based traffic safety applications ready to be deployed into the market or even in FOTs require extensive testing of ITS communications under controlled environments, where risky driving situations can be reproduced and repeatedly tested. This is the objective of this industrial project where Uwicore and IDIADA are developing a cooperative testing platform in the provind ground facilities of IDIADA in Tarragona (Spain).
    Partners: Applus+ Idiada (Coordinator) and Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Applus+ Idiada and Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
    Duration: August 2008 - August 2010

    iTETRIS - An Integrated Wireless and Traffic Platform for Real-Time Road Traffic Management Solutions

    Cooperative vehicular systems are a promising solution to improve road traffic management through the exchange of traffic information among vehicles and with road infrastructure. Through the use of wireless vehicular communications, cooperative systems will be able to assist the driver allowing the detection of road dangerous situations and road traffic congestions. In addition, the adoption of vehicular communications can be used to ubiquitously provide real-time traffic information and re-route vehicles over optimal paths. In spite of the huge potential benefits of cooperative vehicular systems, there is yet the need to demonstrate the positive impact of cooperative technologies, in particular with regard to traffic management. The evaluation of road traffic policies requires large-scale studies over long periods of time, which cannot even be conducted through Field Operational Test (FOTs) equipping a limited set of vehicles. To overcome these current limitations, the EU FP7 iTETRIS (http://ict-itetris.eu/) project is developing an integrated simulation platform allowing for large-scale studies on the impact and potential of cooperative vehicular communication technologies to dynamically and efficiently manage road traffic. To achieve its objectives, iTETRIS integrates two widely used open source platforms, SUMO and ns-3. Whereas SUMO reproduces vehicles' movement taking into account the road topology and traffic rules, ns-3 is employed as the wireless network simulator to model the exchange of messages through V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) and V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) communications. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.ict-itetris.eu/.
    In iTETRIS, Uwicore is leading the development of the cooperative vehicular communications platform seamlessly integrating IEEE802.11p/WAVE, UMTS, WiMAX and DVB-H communications capabilities. Uwicore is also investigating cooperative networking protocols, such as geo-routing, data dissemination and congestion control, and participates in the definition of novel policies to efficiently integrate V2V and V2I communications. Additionally, Uwicore performed in the context of iTETRIS an extensive IEEE 802.11p V2I measurement campaign aimed at analyzing the impact of urban characteristics, RSU deployment conditions, and communication settings on the quality of IEEE 802.11p Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications. The reported results show that the streets’ layout, urban environment, traffic density, presence of heavy vehicles, trees, and terrain elevation, have an effect on V2I communications, and should be taken into account to adequately deploy and configure urban RSUs.
    Partners: Thales Communications (Coordinator, France), Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche (Spain), Hitachi Europe (France), DLR (Germany), Peek Traffic (The Netherlands), Innovalia (Spain), Comune di Bologna (Italy), Eurecom (France), CBT Communication & Multimedia (Spain).
    Funding: European Commission - FP7 program.
    Duration: July 2008 - December 2010

    iTRANSFER - Wireless Train Communications Platform for Real-Time on-board Video Surveillance and Multimedia Services

    The iTRANSFER project is aimed at developing, implementing and optimizing a wireless train communications platform based on the WiMAX standard. The platform will provide train-to-ground broadband wireless connectivity for the deployment of real-time on board video surveillance, and the provision of multimedia and internet services to train passengers. These services will increase the passenger's safety and productivity while on the move. iTRANSFER will represent a step beyond current technological solutions that are not capable to continuously transmit in real-time on-board video surveillance images to the traffic control centre. Current solutions based on the WiFi standard provide limited connectivity in certain hot spot areas (e.g. ), or require the deployment of a large number of access points. On the other hand, the use of the WiMAX technology is expected to allow iTRANSFER to provide real-time wireless connectivity with a limited number of base stations. Due to the timing of the project, the platform is based on WiMAX equipment at the unlicensed 5GHz band; an evolution to mobile WiMAX technologies will be feasible once unlicensed band equipment is available. The platform is being developed and tested in FGV's metro and subway in Alicante. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.uwicore.umh.es/iTRANSFER.html.

    Partners: Ikusi (Coordinator), Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), NTS Mobile.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
    Duration: April 2008 - March 2010

    ICARUS - Distributed Wireless Networking Experimental Infrastructure for Optimization and Convergence

    The renown beyond 3G scenario depicts a diverse wireless networking world of "network-of-wireless networks" accommodating a variety of radio technologies and mobile service requirements in a seamless manner. The achievement of this vision raises significant research challenges in view of system coexistence, system scale, interoperability, and evaluation tool design to provide a framework for cost-effective assessment of optimisation algorithms within a heterogeneous system environment. The ICARUS platform aims to address the aforementioned research challenges by implementing an efficient, accurate and scalable virtual distributed testbed (VDT) to support cross-system and cross-layer optimization of heterogeneous systems in a unified manner. Through the use of the virtual testbed, cross-layer and cross-system interactions between next generation wireless systems and protocols can be investigated within an integrated telecommunications system, without neglecting important real-system details. Complementary to the implementation of a VDT, ICARUS aims to investigate cross-layer and cross-system optimization strategies for wireless protocols/algorithms within an integrated telecommunications system. The ICARUS platform provides the tool for testing and optimizing these within an integrated system context, providing the means to attain more practical results that can reduce the risk of deploying future emerging technologies in next generation networks. In addition to participating in the integration of an heterogeneous wireless networking platform through the use of Uwicore's SPHERE simulation platform, Uwicore leads within ICARUS the Wireless Network Optimisation and Convergence workpackage. The goal of this WP is to provide new cross-layer and cross-system algorithms for the ICARUS scenarios. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.celtic-icarus.eu/.
    Partners: PDMF&C (European Coordinator, Portugal), Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche (Spain), Telefónica I+D (Spain), Inesc Inovação (Portugal), CBT Communication & Multimedia (Spanish Coordinator, Spain), Innovalia (Spain), iTEAM - Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), CTTC (Spain), Software Quality Systems (Spain), Ce-BIT (Sweden), Link Consulting (Portugal).
    Funding: CELTIC Program (EUREKA) -Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
    Duration: April 2008 - March 2010

    eTRANSIT - Heterogeneous wireless ad-hoc communications platform for the management and optimization of road traffic

    The increasing number of vehicles has decreased road safety and accelerated traffic congestion problems. In this context, wireless vehicular communication technologies have been identified as a promising technology to help reduce both accidents and congestions. To this end, vehicles will constantly exchange data messages in order to be able to detect a dangerous situation or a potential traffic problem. Such communications exchange is done through the direct communications between cars (V2V, Vehicle to Vehicle) or through the communications between cars and road infrastructure (V2I, Vehicle to Infrastructure). In this context, this research project, started at the beginning of 2007 and running till the end of 2009, proposes the development of an innovative heterogeneous wireless ad-hoc communications platform designed to handle traffic mobility in road networks. Using V2V and V2I communication capabilities, it will be possible to dynamically and constantly disseminate traffic and road conditions data necessary for road traffic management. Using the disseminated information, a vehicle moving towards a traffic conflictive area can then be informed in advance so that the driver has sufficient time to react and take an alternative route. The use of V2I communications will allow road operators to dynamically inform drivers of detected traffic congested areas. To develop the proposed platform and optimise its dimensioning, this project covers three key aspects: radio communications management to guarantee the reliability of the wireless vehicular communications; routing and data dissemination policies among vehicles; and development of software and hardware testbeds. Regarding software testbeds, a key contribution of the project is the development of an integrated traffic and wireless emulation platform that will allow to truly analyse the potential of V2V and V2I communications. The project's initial aim has also been extended to cover the design and optimization of communication protocols between cars to ensure the reliability of data exchanges in the case of traffic safety applications.
    Partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Civil Engineering and the University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Duration: December 2006 - December 2009

    Decision policies for the common radio resource management of heterogeneous wireless networks

    This project is concerned with the design, optimization and implementation of common radio resource management (CRRM) techniques in beyond 3G heterogeneous wireless systems. In fact, beyond 3G or 4G systems are not being defined as a single new radio interface but rather as a set of various radio access technologies with different communication capabilities and operating environments. Consequently, to enable the integration of multiple radio access technologies into heterogeneous networks, a series of algorithms for resource management must necessarily be defined in order to guarantee the user and service required Quality of Service (QoS) levels while maximizing the operator's revenue and efficiency of the present wireless systems. In this project, Uwicore is in charge of defining new CRRM policies with particular interests in initial radio access technologies selection policies and channel distribution techniques in multimedia environments. In addition, various schemes to optimize each radio technology operation are also under development. Another milestone of the project is the implementation of the SPHERE (Simulation Platform for HEterogeneous wiREless systems) platform emulating in parallel GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA and WLAN technologies; the latest technologies have been developed with the cooperation of UPV.
    Partners: iTEAM - Polytechnic University of Valencia (Coordinator) and Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.
    Duration: December 2005 - December 2008

    RURAL-TUR - Wireless Platform for the Deployment of Multimedia Services and Content in the Rural Tourism Sector

    RURAL-TUR is a national research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce that started in October 2005 and ended in December 2006. The project aimed at developing a wireless technological platform for the provision of multimedia connectivity in rural environments. In particular, the project considered the use of WiMAX due to its capabilities to operate under non-line of sight conditions and targeted as a final application the development of rural tourism. The RURAL-TUR consortium was composed of companies, rural tourism associations, research centers and universities. Within RURAL-TUR, Uwicore's activities focused on the implementation of a WiMAX link level emulation testbed, and a WiMAX planning tool for rural environments. The WiMAX link platform allowed estimating the WiMAX radio performance. In further evolutions of the platform, Uwicore is aiming at providing a platform where emulating multimedia services under various radio and operating conditions. The planning activities have resulted in the creation of the WiGiPLAN (Wireless GIS-Assisted Planning) simulation platform. WiGIPLAN is characterized by its innovative GIS (Geographic Information Systems) capabilities that allow classifying terrain types to better estimate radio propagation effects and determine the possibility to deploy or not a transmitting station in a given site. Although the RURAL-TUR project is finished, Uwicore is looking at expanding its planning activities through the design and implementation of automatic BS location techniques using the unique WiGIPLAN characteristics, and investigating heterogeneous wireless network planning.
    Partners: CBT Communication & Multimedia (Coordinator), Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Innovalia, iTEAM - Polytechnic University of Valencia, Sicom, Asociación Española de Turismo Rural, Asociación Canaria de Turismo Rural, CEESA, Carsa, Ingematica Sistemas, Federación Castellano Manchega de Turismo Rural, Confederación Catalana de Agroturismo y Turismo Rural.
    Funding: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
    Duration: March 2007

    Design and implementation of multi-agent decision techniques for efficiently managing radio resources in mobile communication systems

    The project, ended in 2006 and financed by the Valencian local governments, developed radio resource management mechanisms for multimedia traffic sources considering optimization techniques such as game theory or bankruptcy. The use of such techniques is particularly suitable for conflict situations where there is more demand than available resources, which is the case of mobile and wireless communication systems under high load conditions. Techniques under study include channel assignment schemes and multi-channel transmissions.
    Partners: CIO - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche (Coordinator) and Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Generalitat Valenciana.
    Duration: January 2005 - December 2006

    Radio resource management for advanced mobile radio networks

    The project worked on novel Link Adaptation and channel management schemes. In the first case, new Link Adaptation techniques for real-time multimedia traffic services were developed. The proposed channel management techniques improved the system perform through the implicit cooperation of base stations to reduce system interference levels.
    Partners: Uwicore - University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Funding: Bancaja and University Miguel Hernandez of Elche.
    Duration: October 2003 - October 2005