R&D Projects

R&D Projects in progress

Converged Heterogeneous Advanced 5G Cloud-RAN Architecture for Intelligent and Secure Media Access (ICT-671704 “CHARISMA”)

Total budget: €  5.892.245

Duration: 1/7/2015- 31/12/2017

Description: CHARISMA proposes an intelligent hierarchical routing and paravirtualised architecture that unites two important concepts: devolved offload with shortest path nearest to end-users and an end-to-end security service chain via virtualized open access physical layer security (PLS). The CHARISMA architecture meets the goals of low-latency (<1ms) and security required for future converged wireless/wireline advanced 5G networking. This provides a cloud infrastructure platform with increased spectral and energy efficiency and enhanced performance targeting the identified needs for 1000-fold increased mobile data volume, 10-100 times higher data rates, 10-100 times more connected devices and 5x reduced latency. Fully aligned and committed to the 5G-PPP principles and KPIs, the CHARISMA proposal brings together 10G-wireless (via mm-wave/60-GHz & free-space optics, FSO) access and 100G fixed optical (OFDM-PON) solutions through an intelligent cloud radio-access-network (C-RAN) and intelligent radio remote head (RRH) platform with IPv6 Trust Node routing featuring very low-latency for the traffic management. Low-cost Ethernet is used across front- and backhaul, and end-user equipment (vCPE), and intelligence distributed across the back-, front-hauls, and perimetric data transports. Ad-hoc mobile device interconnectivities (D2D, D2I, C2C etc.), content delivery network (CDN) and mobile distributed caching (MDC) offer an energy-efficient (better than x20 improvement possible) information-centric networking (ICN) architecture. Furthermore, caching will provide efficient utilization of scarce resources by early aggregating data or/and by executing communication locally. The CHARISMA approach will benefit user experiences with ground-breaking lowlatency services, high-bandwidth, and mobile cloud resilient network security.


Service Programming and Orchestration for Virtualized Software Networks (ICT-671517 “SONATA”)

Total budget: €  8.256.066

Duration: 1/7/2015- 31/12/2017

Description: Virtualisation and software networks are a major disruptive technology for communications networks, enabling services to be deployed as software functions running directly in the network on commodity hardware. However, deploying the more complex user-facing applications and services envisioned for 5G networks presents significant technological challenges for development and deployment. SONATA addresses both issues.For service development, SONATA provides service patterns and description techniques for composed services. A customised SDK is developed to boost the efficiency of developers of network functions and composed services, by integrating catalogue access, editing, debugging, and monitoring analysis tools with service packaging for shipment to an operator.For deployment, SONATA provides a novel service platform to manage service execution. The platform complements the SDK with functionality to validate service packages. Moreover, it improves on existing platforms by providing a flexible and extensible orchestration framework based on a plugin architecture. Thanks to SONATA’s platform service developers can provide custom algorithms to steer the orchestration of their services: for continuous placement, scaling, life-cycle management and contextualization of services. These algorithms are overseen by executives in the service platform, ensuring trust and resolving any conflict between services.By combining rapid development and deployment in an open and flexible manner, SONATA is realising an extended DevOps model for network stakeholders.SONATA validates its approach through novel use-case-driven pilot implementations and disseminates its results widely by releasing its key SDK and platform components as open source software, through scientific publications and standards contributions, which, together, will have a major impact on incumbent stakeholders including network operators and manufacturers and will open the market to third-party developers.


Small cEllS coordinAtion for Multi-tenancy and Edge services (ICT -671596 “SESAME”)

Total budget: €  8.206.933

Duration: 1/7/2015- 31/12/2017

Description: 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. SESAME proposes the Cloud-Enabled Small Cell (CESC) concept, a new multi-operator enabled Small Cell that integrates a virtualised execution platform (i.e., the Light DC) for deploying Virtual Network Functions (NVFs), supporting powerful self-x management and executing novel applications and services inside the access network infrastructure. The Light DC will feature low-power processors and hardware accelerators for time critical operations and will build a high manageable clustered edge computing infrastructure. This approach will allow new stakeholders to dynamically enter the value chain by acting as ‘host-neutral’ providers in high traffic areas where densification of multiple networks is not practical. The optimal management of a CESC deployment is a key challenge of SESAME, for which new orchestration, NFV management, virtualisation of management views per tenant, self-x features and radio access management techniques will be developed. After designing, specifying and developing the architecture and all the involved CESC modules, SESAME will culminate with a prototype with all functionalities for proving the concept in relevant use cases. Besides, CESC will be formulated consistently and synergistically with other 5G-PPP components through coordination with the corresponding projects.


VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future Networks (ICT- 644843 “VITAL”)

Total budget: €  2.896.855

Duration: 1/2/2015- 31/7/2018

Description: 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. Enabling SDN-based, federated resource management paves way for a unified control plane that would allow operators to efficiently manage and optimise the operation of the hybrid network. While innovations pursued by VITAL are transversal, the project will primarily focus on three key application scenarios: Satellite Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) services, Satellite backhauling and hybrid telecom service delivery.

The solutions developed in VITAL will bring, through flexible integration of satellite and terrestrial segments, improved coverage, optimised communication resources use and better network resilience, along with improved innovation capacity and business agility for deploying communications services over combined networks. VITAL will address the development of a hybrid architectural framework, the required mechanisms to enable virtualization of SatCom network components, including performance optimisation and implementation of a number of virtualised functions, and the design of an SDN-enabled, federated resources management framework, embedding strategies and algorithmic solutions to provide end-to-end communication services.

Proof of Concept validation of VITAL solutions and enabling technologies through a combination of real prototypes and emulators are also envisaged. The project aims to impact standardization initiatives and will contribute to open platform initiatives for SDN/NFV deployments.


Scenarios for Integration of Satellite Components in Future Networks ( ESA-110995 “CLOUDSAT”)

Total budget: €  250.000

Duration: 1/9/2015- 30/11/2015

Description: The project studies the applicability of virtualisation and softwarisation technologies to satcom network platforms. It will determine the benefits and the challenges associated with the integration of satellite infrastructures into future cloud networks.

To this end, the CloudSat study:

  • Reviews state-of-the-art virtualisation and softwarisation technologies, focusing on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)
  • Determines the applicability of these technologies to satcom
  • Identifies specific use cases/integration scenarios and studies their techno-economic efficiency
  • Defines integrated virtualised satellite/terrestrial architectures and validates them in a lab environment
  • Produces a roadmap and recommendations for future virtualisation-capable satellite networks


Visual Privacy Management in User Centric Open Environments (SECURE SOCIETIES/REA- 653642 “VISION”)

Total budget: €  2.748.912

Duration:  1/7/2015- 30/6/2017

Description: Public Administration (PA) authorities are working towards upgrading the level of their online services through new governance models such as the Open Government. This pushes for greater transparency, accountability and innovation aiming at increasing citizen levels of confidence and trust in PA online services. In this context, user data privacy is an important issue. VisiOn will deliver a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Visual Privacy Management Platform, which empowers any citizen to achieve desired levels of privacy by creating and monitoring a personal Privacy Level Agreement. The platform will provide clear visualisation of privacy preferences, relevant threats and trust issues along with an insight into the economic value of user data. The platform will equip PAs with the right tools to improve the transparency and accountability of their operations, by supporting visual analysis of (i) privacy issues at different levels (e.g. design, run-time) and perspectives (i.e. citizen, PA); (ii) regulation compliance; and (iii) business/operational processes. The VisiOn consortium will leverage existing software, tools and methodologies, which partners have developed in previous projects, towards the implementation of the privacy platform software components. The latter will be tested in an operational environment (i.e. TRL 7), in three different pilot scenarios across two different scenario types (i.e. citizen/PA & PA/cross-border PA). Pilots will involve users from three European countries. Driven by the lack of appropriate products in the market, as identified by the relevant market analysis, the VisiOn exploitation strategy is based on commercialisation of the project results at three levels: platform-as-a-whole, fragments of the platform, and partner individual exploitation. This strategy will enable partners to integrate the project results into their existing commercial offerings, thus exploring and establishing new business opportunities and ventures.


Network Functions as-a-Service over Virtualised Infrastructures (FP7/ICT-619520 “T-NOVA”)
Total budget: € 10M
Duration: 1/1/2014 – 31/12/2016

Description: With the aim of promoting the Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) concept, T-NOVA introduces a novel enabling framework, allowing operators not only to deploy virtualized Network Functions (NFs) for their own needs, but also to offer them to their customers, as value-added services. Virtual network appliances (gateways, proxies, firewalls, transcoders, analyzers etc.) can be provided on-demand as-a-Service, eliminating the need to acquire, install and maintain specialized hardware at customers’ premises.
For these purposes, T-NOVA will design and implement a management/orchestration platform for the automated provision, configuration, monitoring and optimization of Network Functions-as-a-Service (NFaaS) over virtualised Network/IT infrastructures. T-NOVA leverages and enhances cloud management architectures for the elastic provision and (re-) allocation of IT resources assigned to the hosting of Network Functions. It also exploits and extends Software Defined Networking platforms for efficient management of the network infrastructure.
Furthermore, in order to facilitate the involvement of diverse actors in the NFV scene and attract new market entrants, T-NOVA establishes a “NFV Marketplace”, in which network services and Functions by several developers can be published and brokered/traded. Via the Marketplace, customers can browse and select the services and virtual appliances which best match their needs, as well as negotiate the associated SLAs and be charged under various billing models. A novel business case for NFV is thus introduced and promoted.


Successfully completed R&D Projects

Protection of European Borders and Seas through the intelligence use of surveillance (FP7/SEC “PERSEUS”)
Total budget: € 42.2M
Duration: 1/1/2011 – 1/1/2015

Description: PERSEUS project proposes a large scale demonstration of a European Maritime surveillance system of systems, integrating the existing operational maritime surveillance systems (the French SPATIONAV, the Spanish SIVE, the Italian NCC and the Greek assets) and enhancing them with innovative capabilities to directly address key challenges: Transnational exchange of useful and available information, and associated procedures and mechanisms; Detection of non collaborative/suspicious small embarkations and low flying aircrafts; Enhancement of detection of abnormal vessel behaviors; identification of threats and tracking of reporting and non-reporting vessels; Generation of a common situational picture with appended information; Integration in the network created by NCCs, FRONTEX and EMSA with the relevant pull/push mechanisms, increased automation and elaboration of syntheses.

Next Generation Technology Independent Interoperability of Emergency Services (FP7/SEC-284863“GERYON”)
Total budget: € 3.59M
Duration: 1/12/2011 – 31/5/2014

Description: GERYON will provide an unified answer to the problems that system integrators must face when interconnecting different emergency networks by bringing together and deploying in a specialised manner the common technical and operational logic regarding Identity Management, Security, Signalling, Transcoding and enhanced emergency services deployment. Instead of duplicating the same functionality in different gateways for each pair of technologies to be connected, GERYON will extract and unify the related management modules in a technology independent way and will provide mechanisms and interfaces for an easy deployment of new technology dependent interconnection gateways.

Standards Based Approach to Video Archive Search and Analysis  (FP7/SEC “SAVASA”)
Total budget: € 4.1M
Duration: 1/12/2011 – 31/5/2014

Description: The SAVASA project proposes the creation of a video archive search platform that allows authorised users to perform semantic queries over different, remote and non-interoperable video archives this project will exploit the current trends in computer vision, video retrieval and semantic video analysis. It is also a goal of the project to ensure that its results are capable of deployment in distributed systems and as software services. However, technology for technologies sake is of little value. Therefore the involvement of ethicist, legal experts and, most importantly, those users who must operate Video Archive installations and services to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities, as well as those of civil protection and day-to-day organisational needs, is required. The SAVASA consortium covers each of these roles. At its core, SAVASA will use existing reference technologies from the ICT field that have overcome the barrier of system interoperability/compatibility, i.e. between container and compression formats. The project will implement a prototype platform capable of demonstrating unified archive integration and an approach to common search and indexing. The project will also provide a set of tailored video analytics and semantic analysis tools that will provide added value to end-users, but which can also function within a legal and ethical framework. The project will provide an analysis of existing technical barriers/requirements in the standardisation of technologies and procedures, via the validation testing of a prototype platform with end users. Finally, SAVASA will implement a project structure that will ensure that RTD, Legal, Ethical and End User needs are properly balanced and addressed.

Media Ecosystem Deployment through Ubiquitous Content-Aware Network Environments (FP7/ICT-248652 “ALICANTE”)
Total budget: € 11.1M
Duration: 1/3/2010 – 1/3/2013

Aim: The design and deployment of a new networked ‘Media Ecosystem’.

Adaptive Management of Media Distribution based on Satisfaction OrIented User Modelling (FP7/ICT-214751 “ADAMANTIUM”)
Total Budget: € 4.3M
Duration: 1/3/2008-31/8/2010
Aim: Design and development of an integrated management system for multimedia content in 3G networks based on IMS.

End-to-end QoS through Integrated Management of Content, Networks and Terminals – Phase II (FP6/IST-507637 “ENTHRONE II”)
Total Budget: € 14.3M
Duration: 1/09/2006-30/11/2008
Aim: Integrated cross-layer management of heterogeneous network and service environments for end-to-end QoS

Integrated Multi-Layer Optimisation in Broadband DVB-S2 Satellite Networks (FP6/IST-025457 “IMOSAN”)
Total Budget: € 5.1
Duration: 1/1/2006-30/6/2008
Aim: Bandwidth usage optimisation via dynamic cross-layer management in DVB-S2/RCS networks for triple play services utilising ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation)
web: IMOSAN Home Page (not maintained)

End-to-end QoS through Integrated Management of Content, Networks and Terminals (FP5/IST “ENTHRONE”)
Total Budget: € 15.3M
Duration: 1/11/2003-31/3/2006
Aim: Integrated cross-layer management of heterogeneous network and service environments for end-to-end QoS

Digital Switchover: Developing Infrastructures for Broadband Access (FP6/IST-507312 “ATHENA”)
Total Budget: € 3.8M
Duration: 1/1/2004-30/6/2006
Aim: Use of the DVB-T technology for providing backhaul broadband connectivity to remote nodes.

Real-time Dynamic Bandwidth Optimisation in Satellite Networks (FP5/IST-2001-34692 “REPOSIT”)
Total Budget: € 4.5M
Duration: 1/3/2002 – 30/9/2004
Aim: Dynamic bandwidth optimisation in integrated services satellite networks based on regenerative / on-board-multiplexing technologies

System for management of quality of service in 3G networks (FP5/IST-2000-28251 “SOQUET”)
Total Budget: € 3.7M
Duration: 1/7/2001-31/12/2002
Aim: Design and development of an integrated system for optimal resource allocation in 3G and DVB-T networks, taking into account the Perceived QoS.

Multi-Services Management Wireless Network with Bandwidth Optimisation (FP5/IST-2000-26298 “MAMBO”).
Total budget: € 4.9M
Duration: 1/1/2001 – 31-12/2002
Aim: Design and development of a multi-services access network based on DVB-T employing dynamic bandwidth allocation and perceived QoS management.

Cellular Radio Access for Broadband Services (AC.215 ΑCTS 96 “CRABS”)
Total Budget: € 11.3M
Duration: 1/1/1997 – 1/7/1999
Aim: Deployment of an integrated services network for fixed wireless access at 42GHz