Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.6.1 | Award Amount: 4.98M | Year: 2012
The 3rd Energy Package clearly boosts the development of an Integrated European balancing mechanism. In this context, ACER has in 2011 started the development of the Framework Guidelines on Electricity Balancing. It is expected from the ACER statements that Demand Response will play significant role in the future integrated balancing market allowing Virtual Power Plants, comprising Demand Response and Distributed Generation resources to compete on equal ground.\n\nBased on the above, the overall objective of the eBADGE project is to propose an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism, piloted on the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia, that is also able to integrate Virtual Power Plant Systems that can assist in the management of the electricity Transmission and Distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner. Even if the trans-national mechanism proposed by eBADGE will be tested with reference to a trilateral case (Austria, Italy, Slovenia), the approach and the modelling methodology is meant to allow a gradual extension to other countries in Europe.\nThe ICT development of the eBADGE project will be in line with the ACER Guidelines delivering the following five results:\n1. Simulation and modelling tool for studying Integrated Balancing/Reserve Market allowing the participation of VPP at the distribution side;\n2. Uniform high performance message bus between Balancing/Reserve entities;\n3. Business models between Energy, ICT and Residential Consumers sectors;\n4. Virtual Power Plant as a Reliable Balancing Asset;\n5. Pilot eBADGE Cloud.\n\nProject objectives are:\n1. To develop the components: simulation and modelling tool; message bus; VPP data analysis, optimisation and control strategies; home energy cloud; and business models between Energy, ICT and Residential Consumers sector;\n2. To integrate the above components into a single system;\n3. To validate these in lab and field trials;\n4. To evaluate its impact.\n\nThe Consortium will first design and implement the single components, which will be then individually tested and validated and finally, integrated. The validation of the individual components will be done using historical data and simulation (Simulation and modelling tool), expert knowledge in the Consortium (Message bus validation) using designed and developed scenarios and field trials (Home Energy Cloud and Pilot eBADGE cloud). The validation of the selected models for an Integrated Balancing/Reserve Market will also bring to a first rough assessment of the environmental and economical benefits.\n\nThe consortium will promote a strong interaction and consultation with relevant stakeholders involved in Advisory Board. Achievements of the project eBADGE, if widely implemented, will also deliver synergies and efficient use of existing resources and infrastructure thus lowering daily costs for electricity users and increasing European welfare.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.6.1 | Award Amount: 4.75M | Year: 2014
SUNSEED proposes an evolutionary approach to utilisation of already present communication networks from both energy and telecom operators. These can be suitably connected to form a converged communication infrastructure for future smart energy grids offering open services. Life cycle of such communication network solutions consists of six steps: overlap, interconnect, interoperate, manage, plan and open. Joint communication networking operations steps start with analysis of regional overlap of energy and telecommunications operator infrastructures. Geographical overlap of energy and communications infrastructures identifies vital DSO energy and support grid locations (e.g. distributed energy generators, transformer substations, cabling, ducts) that are covered by both energy and telecom communication networks. Coverage can be realised with known wireline (e.g. copper, fiber)or wireless and mobile (e.g. WiFi, 4G) technologies. Interconnection assures end-2-end secure communication on the physical layer between energy and telecom, whereas interoperation provides network visibility and reach of smart grid nodes from both operator (utility) sides. Monitoring, control and management gathers measurement data from wide area of sensors and smart meters and assures stable distributed energy grid operation by using novel intelligent real time analytical knowledge discovery methods. For full utilisation of future network planning, we will integrate various public databases. Applications build on open standards (W3C) with exposed application programming interfaces (API) to 3rd parties enable creation of new businesses related to energy and communication sectors (e.g. virtual power plant operators, energy services providers for optimizing home energy use) or enable public wireless access points (e.g. WiFi nodes at distributed energy generator locations). SUNSEED life cycle steps promise much lower investments and total cost of ownership for future smart energy grids with dense distributed energy generation and prosumer involvement.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-06-2014 | Award Amount: 3.83M | Year: 2015
To meet the high throughput demands envisaged for 5G networks, with increased user densification and bandwidth-hungry applications, while at the same time reducing energy consumption, iCIRRUS proposes an intelligent Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) that brings together optical fibre technology, low-cost but highly flexible Ethernet networking, wireless resource management for device-to-device (D2D) communication (incl. the use of mm-wave spectrum) and the use of virtual mobiles in the cloud. The iCIRRUS C-RAN introduces the use of Ethernet in the fronthaul/midhaul (for radio signal transport), to minimise cost and make available pluggable and in-device monitoring, and intelligent processing to enable self-optimizing network functions which maximise both network resource utilisation and energy efficiency. To exemplify the attractiveness of the proposition, iCIRRUS focusses on D2D communication in the wireless domain, an important work area in current standardisation, where low latency is known to be a significant factor. The latency and jitter in the iCIRRUS Ethernet-based C-RAN will be an important focus of the research work in the project, with current 5G performance targets in mind; for D2D communications, the task will be to minimise control latency and overhead. A major obstacle for C-RANs is the bit-rate of the digitised radio signals that would be required for 5G of the order of 100 Gb/s and iCIRRUS will examine the architectural and technological questions surrounding this requirement. Wireless resource management will be investigated, together with mobile device caching and mm-wave D2D mesh networks, to reduce latency as well as load on the infrastructure. Finally, the intelligent network functions in ICIRRUS can interact with mobile cloud processing, and further offloads of infrastructure communications can be realised through virtualising mobiles in the cloud as clones, and performing communication tasks between clones.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-14-2014 | Award Amount: 5.89M | Year: 2015
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 low-latency services, high-bandwidth, and mobile cloud resilient network security.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: DRS-19-2014 | Award Amount: 5.76M | Year: 2015
The NEXES Research and Innovation Action aims to research, test and validate the promising integration of IP-based communication technologies and interoperability into the next generation emergency services, so that they attain increased effectiveness and performance. Empowered by smartphones with cameras, messaging and internet-based applications connecting to social media, citizens expect emergency services to use the same technologies. However, this is not the case. NEXES innovates the approach to the dynamics between emergency services and citizens, allowing (i) the use of total conversation capabilities in emergencies, including social media, to the benefit of citizens, including those with disability or special needs (ii) the exploitation of improved location information to rapidly and effectively identify and locate the caller and the incident site and (iii) the leverage of Internet-enabled connectivity to enhance interoperability and shared awareness among emergency services, to the benefit of a more secure society. The NEXES Consortium gathers world-class European entities, well experienced in the research and development of innovative solutions for communications and emergency products and solutions. The NEXES Team presents extensive background knowledge and in-house solutions to adapt, test and validate in NEXESs open Testing Regime and Validation Framework, ensuring solid results are achieved to produce relevant Recommendations and contributions to Europes standardisation effort on emergency services. To leverage related dissemination and market exploitation activities, the NEXES System, Apps and its operational benefits are demonstrated in three realistic pilots to end-users and stakeholders. In fact, end-users involvement, directly ensured by NEXES Partners and indirectly by invited Advisors, is a key contributor to guarantee NEXESs operational validity as a reference implementation system for next generation emergency services.
Kremljak Z.,Telekom Slovenije
Annals of DAAAM and Proceedings of the International DAAAM Symposium | Year: 2015
E-commerce creates more efficient supply chains that benefits both customers and manufacturers. Companies can better serve customer needs, carry less inventory, and send products to market more quickly. E-commerce impacts supply chain management in different ways. This paper demonstrates the impact of e-commerce on business models and analyses the implications of e-commerce to companies. The exponential growth of e-business, together with the emergence of a low-cost, worldwide communication network is reshaping the way that the individuals and business carry out their transactions. The results of the study show the increased web presence of companies, mainly used for marketing activities and customer management. Because of overall importance, companies cannot ignore e-commerce advantages for e-supply chains any longer. The greatest challenge now is to keep the e-supply chain highly flexible.
Kafol C.,Telekom Slovenije
Annals of DAAAM and Proceedings of the International DAAAM Symposium | Year: 2015
In this paper we analyze different project management approaches from the risk management point of view. Following the observed approaches, easy-To use method for risk management is developed and put into use in actual company. Procedures and methods for evaluating and managing risks are developed. Following the study of the results, easy-Touse risk management method is proposed to upgrade current project management approaches. This method is usable within all project management methodologies. Using this method company managed to improve the efficiency of project management and raise the awareness of defined risks.
Osterman A.,Telekom Slovenije
Elektrotehniski Vestnik/Electrotechnical Review | Year: 2012
Parallel computing is in expanding phase in GIS applications. A very attractive solution for parallel computing are the NVIDIA graphic cards, with a parallel computing platform and the CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) programming model. The basis for this paper is the r:los module used to calculate optical visibility (LOS- Line of Sight), which is already implemented in the GRASS GIS environment. A completely new r:cuda:los module with the same functionality as the r:los module is presented. By using the r:cuda:los module for radio planning purposes of limiting the computation along the vertical and horizontal angle is also make possible. Visibility is calculated for each slice. The responsibility for the calculation of each slice is with its own thread from the parallel processor. At the size of the map of 28161 x 17921 points with the resolution 12; 5mx 12; 5m, the computation time is 18 s. In parallel computing the GIS data, the performance can be one, two or even three size classes faster than in the sequential computing.
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Kafol C.,Telekom Slovenije
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2014
Every day, companies are exposed to various types of risk. They can be connected to property, liability of third parties, staff or decisions; risk is the usual companion in every business and with direct influence on result. In the paper different types and categories of risks are explained in a great detail. The essential aspects and characteristics of risks are systematically described and discussed. For better decision making the introduction of the software tool RISK is shown and argumented. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.