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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-2007.1.1 | Award Amount: 9.79M | Year: 2008

Current two big trends in wireless communications are the development of new broadband component and the integration of heterogeneous wireless networks, to achieve the vision f the so-called 4G network.\nThe FUTON project addresses both issues by proposing the development of a hybrid fiber-radio infrastructure transparently connecting remote antenna units to a central unit where a joint processing can be performed. This allows the development of virtual MIMO concepts to achieve broadband wireless transmission, and also inter-cell interference cancellation. Furthermore the fact that several heterogeneous systems are co-localized enables the development of efficient Common Radio Resource Management procedures.\nThe focus of the project includes two main components: one, the dominant, dealing with technical aspects and a second addressing business / deployment models related with the techniques under study.\nAt the technical level the main goals are\n- Specify, design, implement and provide proof of concept for a hybrid optical-radio infrastructure enabling the integration of heterogeneous systems including the broadband component of future wireless systems \n- Exploit the potentialities offered by the transparent infrastructure to specify and develop the PHY and MAC layer of the broadband wireless system based on distributed processing.\n- Exploit the potentialities offered by the infrastructure for distribution of heterogeneous radio services and develop mechanisms for inter-system coordination and optimum usage of the radio resources and provide the proof of concept.\nAnd in terms of deployment/ business models\n- Evaluate the implications on the current wireless architecture models of the FUTON concept, determine cost models for upgradeability / replacement and provide roadmaps for evolution and standardization.\nThe FUTON consortium brings together expertise from the areas of wireless and optical communications, allowing synergies between these two areas.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.16M | Year: 2010

The promise of a truly mobile experience is to have the freedom to roam around anywhere and not be bound to a single location. However, the energy required to keep mobile devices connected to the network over extended periods of time quickly dissipates. In fact, the operational time, has been identified as the number one criteria by the majority of the consumers purchasing a mobile device. Moreover, concern about exhausting battery lifetime is also one of the main reasons why users do not opt to use advanced multimedia services on their mobiles more frequently.\n\nThe perspective for the future does not look encouraging in this aspect, as one could easily expect a rise of power demand for 4G devices while the progress of battery technology is very slow. Therefore, without any new approaches for energy saving, 4G mobile users will relentlessly be searching for power outlets rather than network access, and becoming once again bound to a single location. In addition, high power dissipation means that the temperature of the small handheld devices would rise to unpleasant values for the user, and make active cooling necessary.\n\nTo avoid the foreseen 4G energy trap C2POWER project will investigate, develop and demonstrate how cognition and cooperative strategies can be extended to decrease the overall energy consumption of mobile devices while still enabling the required performance in terms of QoS. In particular, C2POWER will investigate two complementary techniques to increase power efficiency at the wireless interface of handsets:\n\nCooperative power saving strategies between neighbouring nodes using low power short range communications;\nCognitive handover mechanisms to select the Radio Access Technology which has the lowest energy demand in heterogeneous environments.\n\nAs a consequence C2POWER should have impact on emerging standardization groups and will provide sufficient evidence on the technology and economics viability and its deployment.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.5 | Award Amount: 11.27M | Year: 2010

The ALICANTE project proposes a novel concept towards the deployment of a networked Media Ecosystem. The proposed solution is based on a flexible cooperation between providers, operators, and end-users, finally enabling every user to access the offered multimedia services in various contexts, and to share and deliver his own audiovisual content dynamically, seamlessly, and transparently. Towards this goal, ALICANTEs advanced concept provides Content-awareness to the Network Environment, Network- and User Context-awareness to the Service Environment, and adapted services/content to the End-User for his best service experience, taking the role of a consumer and/or producer.\nThe ALICANTE architecture introduces two novel virtual layers on top of the traditional Network layer, i.e. a Content-Aware Network layer (CAN) for network packet processing and a Home-Box layer for the actual content delivery. The innovative components, proposed to instantiate the CAN are Media-Aware Network Elements (MANE), i.e. CAN-enabled routers and associated managers offering together content- and context aware Quality of Service/Experience, security, and monitoring features, in cooperation with the other elements of the ecosystem.\nThe upper layer, i.e., the Service Environment, uses information delivered by the CAN layer and enforces Network-Aware Applications procedures, in addition to user Context-Aware ones. The novel proposed Home-Box is a physical and logical entity located at end-users premises and gathering Context-Aware, Content-Aware and Network-Aware information essential for realising the big picture. ALICANTE will develop an interoperable middleware for the adaptation of advanced, distributed media resources to the users preferences and heterogeneous contexts. The adaptation will be deployed at both Home-Box and CAN layers making use of scalable media resources.\nFinally, the validation of the project architecture and results will be done in a large-scale pilot.

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