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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN | Award Amount: 3.01M | Year: 2011

Today, more than ever, the public demands credible and understandable information about the quality of the environment in which they live or work. However, the environmental parameters monitored by commercial sensors do not give information about pollutants presence but about general state of our surroundings. Accordingly, innovative and multidisciplinary methods are needed to carry out efficient information exchange across the various sectors involved in environmental monitoring. The SENSEIVER (SENSor/transcEIVER) proposal presents a joint effort to reinforce the relevant technical bases by providing excellent training opportunities to young researchers in the following fields: (1) innovative and cost-effective sensors and their fabrication in LTCC (Low-Temperature Co-fired Ceramics) technology, (2) new sensitive materials as coating layers for unique LTCC microsensors platforms, (3) highly energy-efficient UWB (ultra wideband) transceivers compatible with designed LTCC sensors, and (4) intelligent systems for acquisition, processing and displaying data relevant to soil, air and water quality. ITN is composed of five outstanding academic/research participants, three leading industrial partners (SMEs) and three associated partners, from six countries. This training network has significant potential to improve career perspectives of 19 early-stage and 6 experienced researchers from partnering institutions and to spread expertise, knowledge and skills to wider scientific, engineering and environmental communities. Moreover, this ITN will expose all participants to complementary schools of thought that will initiate research in new areas and new topics within curriculum, giving it fresh perspective to the market oriented applications of designed materials, sensors and transceivers.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.1 | Award Amount: 21.00M | Year: 2008

Key objectives of EUWB are i) to explore the enormous economic potential of the ground-breaking Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio technology, ii) to extend the UWB concept with advanced cognitive radio, multiband/multimode networking, and multiple antenna system concepts, iii) to enable the introduction of advanced services and competitive applications using the radio spectrum in a sophisticated manner.\nThe advanced scientific and technical project work will be accompanied by activities in European and world wide regulation and standardisation bodies in which EUWB partners are highly committed. As a key for economic success of UWB, the project partners will continue to devote significant efforts to participation in CEPT ECC, IEEE, ITU, ETSI, and ECMA working towards consensus building and iterative improvement of the initial European and world-wide UWB regulation and standardisation.\nUWB technology enables gigabits per second short range communications and inherent precise real-time location tracking. Prominent examples to be implemented in the EUWB project are the Intelligent Home environment, the Public Transport environment, the Automotive environment and the Next Generation of Heterogeneous Public Access Network environment, following a strong demand from the mentioned industry sectors.\nEUWB is an industry-led initiative of 22 highly regarded industrial, consulting, and academic organisations. It builds on previous projects, such as PULSERS, and take into account stakeholders of the whole value chain. Major aim is to consolidate the technology advances in scientific areas related to UWB and to define system concepts for the envisaged four application areas. The results will be materialised in four application platforms built on the open UWB technology developed in EUWB. Besides integration in the AIRBUS plane, the DAIMLER car, the PHILIPS future home, and the TELEFNICA access network, scientific studies will guide industry to gain competitiveness with their UWB system.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-14-2014 | Award Amount: 7.23M | Year: 2015

Small Cells, Cloud-Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) are key enablers to address the demand for broadband connectivity with low cost and flexible implementations. Small Cells, in conjunction with C-RAN, SDN, NVF pose very stringent requirements on the transport network. Here flexible wireless solutions are required for dynamic backhaul and fronthaul architectures alongside very high capacity optical interconnects. However, there is no consensus on how both technologies can be most efficiently combined. 5G-XHaul proposes a converged optical and wireless network solution able to flexibly connect Small Cells to the core network. Exploiting user mobility, our solution allows the dynamic allocation of network resources to predicted and actual hotspots. To support these novel concepts, we will develop: 1) Dynamically programmable, high capacity, low latency, point-to-multipoint mm-Wave transceivers, cooperating with sub-6-GHz systems; 2) A Time Shared Optical Network offering elastic and fine granular bandwidth allocation, cooperating with advanced passive optical networks; 3) A software-defined cognitive control plane, able to forecast traffic demand in time and space, and the ability to reconfigure network components. The well balanced 5G-XHaul consortium of industrial and research partners with unique expertise and skills across the constituent domains of communication systems and networks will create impact through: a) Developing novel converged optical/wireless architectures and network management algorithms for mobile scenarios; b) Introduce advanced mm-Wave and optical transceivers and control functions; c) Support the development of international standards through technical and techno-economic contributions. 5G-XHaul technologies will be integrated in a city-wide testbed in Bristol (UK). This will uniquely support the evaluation of novel optical and wireless elements and end-to-end performance.

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