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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.1 | Award Amount: 4.48M | Year: 2010

FIVER project proposes and develops a novel integrated access network architecture employing only OFDM signals for the provision of quintuple play services (Internet, phone/voice, HDTV, wireless -WiMAX, UWB and LTE femtocell- and home security/control). FIVER architecture is completely integrated: The optical access FTTH, the in-home optical distribution network and the final radio link become part of the access network. This permits a streamlined network architecture avoiding most of the conversion stages and proving cost, space and energy savings.\nFIVER is a fully OFDM based network. This permits cost effective, fully centralised network architecture where the transmission impairment (both optical and radio) compensation and network management is done in only at the Central Office. No further compensation, regeneration or format conversion is required along the network giving a streamlined network architecture capable of handling future services of interest.\nFIVER services are fully converged: Both baseband (Gigabit-Ethernet provision) and standard wireless (WiMAX, UWB and LTE) radio-over-fibre signals are transmitted in radio-over-fibre through the FTTH, the in-building optical infrastructure and also the final user radio link. The use of full-standard wireless signals for optical and radio transmission gives two advantages: Fully standard receiver equipment can be used by the customer, and no ad hoc detection, re modulation or frequency conversion is required. All the transmission compensation algorithms, electro optical subsystems and network management are developed by FIVER consortium.\nFIVER architecture is future-proof. The project demonstrates HDTV service provision in the 60 GHz radio band at the last stage. Other wireless services operation in other bands can be included in the FIVER network architecture as long as they are OFDM.-based. This is due to the powerful transmission impairment compensation algorithms developed in the project.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.5.1 | Award Amount: 10.38M | Year: 2010

BRAVEHEALTH proposes a patient-centric vision to CVD management and treatment, providing people already diagnosed as subjects at risk with a sound solution for continuous and remote monitoring and real time prevention of malignant events. The solution proposed will be made up of the following sub-systems: 1)WEARABLE UNIT: it is an innovative concept of miniaturised multi-parameter sensor, able to continuously monitoring the most critical parameters needed to perform a thorough diagnosis by means of specific diagnostic and prognostic algorithms running on it. It will be possible both to perform scheduled analysis of critical parameters and to remotely trigger the screening of specific vital signs. 2)REMOTE MANAGEMENT UNIT: it represents the main interface between physicians and the system, providing both automated support, in the form of text messages with information or suggestions to the patient directly generated by the system, and doctor managed supervision, allowing direct communication with the patients with voice/text/chat messages. The most important added value of the this unit is the possibility to be interfaced with existing National Health Records and Physiological Data Banks in order to generating and verifying risk prediction models using advanced data mining approaches. 3)LIFE! GATEWAY: Data acquired by the wearable unit will be relayed to a gateway which represents the means by which the information flow from the user to the Central Supervision Unit. This unit will provide the user with the following functionalities: a)Real time communications: in case of anomalies, or simply to suggest specific drugs to be taken, or to advice some particular activity to be performed; 2)Location aware information, exploiting the positioning capabilities of GPS. 3)Mobile virtual community for education and support.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.57M | Year: 2010

The complete transition from analogue to the digital TV is planned in Europe for 2012. This will release significant amount of valuable spectrum in VHF/UHF bands. In fact, the Digital TV Switchover provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for the development of innovative services and the introduction sophisticated new technologies into the VHF/UHF bands.\n\nHowever, despite the grand words about opening up a new band to support low cost, low power, ubiquitous access and innovative new providers, there are many obstacles to TV white spaces systems. The creation of workable devices that clearly demonstrate and prove that no harmful interference is caused to broadcasters or other licensed systems is one of those challenges as is the completion of standards.\n\nThe CogEU proposal aims to take advantage of the transition to digital TV by developing cognitive radio systems that leverage the favourable propagation characteristics of the TVWS through the introduction and promotion of real-time secondary spectrum trading and the creation of new spectrum commons in the upper band of the cleared spectrum. CogEU will also define new methodologies for TVWS equipment certification and compliance addressing coexistence with the DVB-T/H European standard.\n\nThree main application scenarios with good market potential will be investigated:\n\tCellular, WiFi and WiMax network extension over TV white spaces\n\tMobile TV over TV white spaces\n\tPublic safety applications over TVWS\n\nAs a consequence the project should help the European decision makers and standards to move the TV spectrum management paradigm towards a more liberal and efficient method, by providing sufficient evidence on the technology and economic viability of its deployment. In fact the project timeframe perfectly matches the TV Digital switchover roadmap planned for most of the European countries.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.1 | Award Amount: 20.48M | Year: 2010

SAILs objective is the research and development of novel networking technologies using proof-of-concept prototypes to lead the way from current networks to the Network of the Future.\nSAIL leverages state of the art architectures and technologies, extends them as needed, and integrates them using experimentally-driven research, producing interoperable prototypes to demonstrate utility for a set of concrete use-cases.\nSAIL reduces costs for setting up, running, and combining networks, applications and services, increasing the efficiency of deployed resources (e.g., personnel, equipment and energy).\nSAIL improves application support via an information-centric paradigm, replacing the old host-centric one, and develops concrete mechanisms and protocols to realise the benefits of a Network of Information (NetInf).\nSAIL enables the co-existence of legacy and new networks via virtualisation of resources and self-management, fully integrating networking with cloud computing to produce Cloud Networking (CloNe).\nSAIL embraces heterogeneous media from fibre backbones to wireless access networks, developing new signalling and control interfaces, able to control multiple technologies across multiple aggregation stages, implementing Open Connectivity Services (OConS).\nSAIL also specifically addresses cross-cutting themes and non-technical issues, such as socio-economics, inclusion, broad dissemination, standardisation and network migration, driving new markets, business roles and models, and increasing opportunities for both competition and cooperation.\nSAIL gathers a strong industry-led consortium of leading operators, vendors, SME, universities and research centres, with a valuable experience acquired in previous FP7 projects, notably 4WARD. The impact will be a consensus among major European operators and vendors on a well-defined path to the Network of the Future together with the technologies required to follow that path.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.1 | Award Amount: 23.39M | Year: 2008

Todays network architectures are stifling innovation, restricting it mostly to the application level while the need for structural change is increasingly evident. The absence of adequate facilities to design, optimize and interoperate new networks currently forces a convergence to an architecture that is suboptimal for many applications and that cannot support innovations within itself, the Internet.\n4WARD overcomes this impasse through a set of radical architectural approaches built on our strong mobile and wireless background.. We improve our ability to design inter-operable and complementary families of network architectures. We enable the co-existence of multiple networks on common platforms through carrier-grade virtualization for networking resources. We enhance the utility of networks by making them self-managing. We increase their robustness and efficiency by leveraging diversity. Finally we improve application support by a new information-centric paradigm in place of the old host-centric approach. These solutions will embrace the full range of technologies, from fibre backbones to wireless and sensor networks.\nThe 4WARD results will allow new markets to appear, redefining business roles and creating new economic models. We will establish the Future Internet Forum as a leading standards body, enabling these new markets and opening them for old and new players alike, increasing opportunities for competition and cooperation and creating new products and services.\nThese goals can only be achieved by gathering a strong, industry-led consortium of the leading operators, vendors, SME, and research organisations, with the determination, skills, and critical mass to create cross-industry consensus and to drive standardisation. The project is designed for multiple phases; the first one will establish the core concepts and technologies and last for two years. The planned effort of about 2200 person months corresponds to the strategic importance of this endeavour.

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