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Fed4FIRE-ETEL (FP7 - IP, 2014-2016)

The main objective of Fed4FIRE-ETEL is to fully integrate the existing wireless sensor network testbed LOG-a-TEC into the Fed4FIRE federation. This will be achieved by adopting Fed4FIRE federation interfaces and components, creating the adapters between LOG-a-TEC and the Fed4FIRE federation platform, validating the newly federated testbed and making it available to the community of experimenters through the common Fed4FIRE portal.

SunSEED (FP7- STREP, 2014-2017)

SUNSEED proposes an evolutionary approach to exploitation of common, converged communication infrastructures for future smart energy grid services. Its life cycle matches the joint communication networking operations of DSO and telecommunication operator and consists of six steps: overlap, interconnect, interoperate, manage, plan and open.

Joint communication networking operations steps start with analysis of regional overlap of DSO and telecommunications operator infrastructures. Overlap is discovering what vital DSO energy grid infrastructure locations (e.g. DEG, substations) are geographically covered by both DSO and telecom communication networks and underlying infrastructure (e.g. ducts, energy cabling). Coverage can be in wireline (PLC, xDSL, fiber) or wireless (WiFi, Gprs, UMTS, HSPA, LTE) technologies. Interconnection step assures communication on the physical layer between DSO and telco, whereas interoperation provides network visibility and reach of smart grid nodes and vital locations from both DSO and telecom sides. A virtual network(s) layer on top of physical infrastructure is formed that ensures secure communication. Monitoring, control and management acts upon measurement data streams from wide are sensors and smart meters. It employs 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 DEG points). SUNSEED life cycle steps promise much lower investments and total cost of ownership for future smart energy grids that will cover large, dense distributed energy generation and e-car charging infrastructures.

OVE@PZ (SMER+)

OVE@PZ is a nationally funded applied research project on control modules and information infrastructure for the integration of renewable energy modules in smart buildings.

Sensor and information management support (SMER+)

Sensor and information management support is a nationally funded applied research project on intelligent caravans.

CITI-SENSE (FP7 - IP, 2012-2016)

CITI-SENSE will develop “citizens’ observatories” to empower citizens to contribute to and participate inenvironmental governance, to enable them to support and influence community and societal priorities andassociated decision making. CITI-SENSE will develop, test, demonstrate and validate a community-basedenvironmental monitoring and information system using innovative and novel Earth Observation applications.To achieve this, the project will: (i) raise environmental awareness in citizens, (ii) raise user participation insocietal environmental decisions and (iii) provide feedback on the impact that citizens had in decisions. It willaddress the call’s request for effective participation by citizens in environmental stewardship, based on broadstakeholder and user involvement in support of both community and policy priorities. The project aims to learnfrom citizen experience and perception and enable citizenship co-participation in community decision making andco-operative planning.

The concept of CITI-SENSE rests on three pillars: technological platforms for distributed monitoring; informationand communication technologies; and societal involvement. Three pilot case studies will focus on a range ofservices related to environmental issues of societal concern: combined environmental exposure and healthassociated with air quality; noise and development of public spaces, and indoor air at schools. Attention willbe given to representativeness of citizen participation. The case studies will be designed in collaboration withcitizens’ groups and decision makers. They will be based on distributed data collection using innovative static,portable and personal devices (low-cost reliable microsensor packs) that communicate with a data repositoriesthrough mobile phones or other devices. Development of participatory methods, data management strategies,and applications to facilitate exploitation of the data and information for policy, and society, will be done.

ABSOLUTE (FP7 - IP, 2012-2015)

Recent events have shown that in the aftermath of a disaster or tremendous unexpected events, a reliable communication infrastructure plays an important role in providing critical services. In most of the cases, immediately after, the normal terrestrial network infrastructure is seriously compromised and cannot guarantee reliable and large scale coverage for rescue teams and citizens. Current mission critical communication systems including PPDR (Public Protection for Disaster Relief) systems are heavily limited in terms of network capacity and coverage. They are not designed for or suitable to address large scale deployments immediately after the disaster scenarios.

Furthermore, the first responder devices and terminals are getting smarter with integrated sensors and the availability of multimode heterogeneous embedded receivers. Such improvements call for a marked increase in capacity and energy demands for the first responder user terminals. Further, there is a large demand in the PPDR community for higher bandwidth emergency communication infrastructure to cater for the new mission critical services with very high throughput and low-delay requirements during the immediate post-emergency period (including real-time video streaming and video surveillance, exchange of high resolution pictures etc).

These factors underline an urgent requirement for a rapidly deployable multi-purpose, multi service and multi-band interoperable and integrated network infrastructure capable of supporting reliable high data rate applications to serve large scale disaster emergency situations and the temporary event scenarios.

APRICOT (ARRS, 2011-2013)

The "Advanced procedures for interactive composition of sensor networks project" starts from the hypothesis that by applying SOA principles it is possible to develop advanced procedures for the interactive composition of sensor networks on demand and thus exploit shared heterogeneous sensor resources assuming the knowledge of their characteristics, functionality, the context and accessibility. Since we will rely on the use of semantic technologies for discovery and composition of sensor resources we refer to the composed networks as semantic sensor networks.

The main objective of the project is to use semantic technologies to annotate and subsequently search for, discover, and reason upon sensor and associated communication resources, and on demand compose those resources into dynamic global sensor infrastructure. By having data on shared sensors instead on available sensor data, we make possible the interaction with sensors, so we can reuse them and set their parameters according to the needs of a particular application.

CREW (FP7 - IP, 2011-2015)

The main target of FP7-CREW is to establish an open federated test platform, which facilitates experimentally-driven research on advanced spectrum sensing, cognitive radio and cognitive networking strategies in view of horizontal and vertical spectrum sharing in licensed and unlicensed bands.

The CREW platform incorporates 5 individual wireless testbeds incorporating diverse wireless technologies (heterogeneous ISM, heterogeneous licensed, cellular, wireless sensor) augmented with State-of-the-Art cognitive sensing platforms.

The CREW project started in October 2010 with a consortium of 7 partners and was enlarged in July 2011 with the 8th partner. To extend the use of the federated testbeds to external researchers, two open calls are planned.

ENVISION (FP7 CP 2010-2012)

The ENVISION project provides an ENVIronmental Services Infrastructure with ONtologies that aims to support non ICT-skilled users in the process of semantic discovery and adaptive chaining and composition of environmental services. Innovations in ENVISION are: on-the-Web enabling and packaging of technologies for their use by non ICT-skilled users, support for migrating environmental models to be provided as models as a service (Maas), and the use of data streaming information for harvesting information for dynamic building of ontologies and adapting service execution.

PlanetData (FP7 NoE 2010-2014)

The PlanetData project is built around three objectives that together ensure the creation of a durable community made up of academic and industrial partners. This community will be supported in conducting research in the large-scale data management area through the provision of data sets and access to tailored data management technology. From the research point of view, the focus is on large-scale data management. Sensorlab provides sensor data, raw and annotated and services based on these.

OPCOMM (CC 2010-2013)

In the frame of the OPCOMM Competence Centre we will design an open communication platform for the development of new cutting-edge services and applications for the Future Internet. Special attention is given to the applicability of services, quality of user experience, the applicable value of data and content, and the interaction with the "material world", i.e. various devices, objects and processes. This requires efficient interaction between the smart user terminals, appliances and objects, contextually dependent services, and the communication network. The programme encompasses research, design, and prototype development with the final demonstration of new solutions.

The SensorLab team is focused on gathering different types of data from sensor networks and on context awareness in support of services and application for object management. Moreover, it is concerned with pre-processing of data and metadata and its transfer to the core platform through appropriate data interfaces. In this respect, SensorLab will give special emphasis on the investigation of semantic technologies for sharing, searching, virtualizing and dynamic composition of sensor nodes.

Highlights

As part of activities in the FP7 CREW project the Department of Communication Systems at JSI installed two VESNA SNE-ESTHER devices in London. SNE-ESHTER is a radio receiver for the UHF band designed at JSI based on the VESNA sensor platform. Installed devices will be used for advanced spectrum sensing, contributing to the large scale Ofcom TV White Spaces pilot. One device was installed on the roof of a building in the King's College London Strand campus and the other on the roof of Queen Mary University London. Long term measurements will be used to support the experimentation with advanced, so called cognitive radio devices, as secondary users in currently unused parts of the spectrum.

Marko Pesko, Miha Smolnikar, Matevz Vucnik, Tomaz Javornik, Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic and Mihael Mohorcic published a paper titled "Smartphone with augmented gateway functionality as opportunistic WSN gateway device" in Wireless Personal Communications journal. They described how a Samsung phone connected via Bluetooth to a VESNA sensor node can act as a gateway to a wireless sensor network.

Chapter "Low-cost testbed development and its applications in cognitive radio prototyping" written by our colleagues Tomaž Šolc, Carolina Fortuna and Mihael Mohorcic has been published by Springer in the book  "Cognitive Radio and Networking for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" from the Recent Advances and Visions for the Future series.

Jernej and Klemen talked with Nickola Naous about our new VESNA sensor node design. Read about The engineers behind the WSN Vesna on the IoTMonkey blog.

The CREW project entered a continuous open access phase. You can test your cognitive radio networking solution on 5 differrent testbed islands and advanced radio components, including our LOG-a-TEC testbed and the VESNA sensor network platform.

In cooperation with Adria Mobil we are developing a motorhome for the future. Adria Moving Lab is equipped with intelligent sensors that allow the vehicle to adapt to its user. This way we can optimize the use of consumables like fuel and water and exploit renewable sources of energy like solar power. The prototype has been unveiled at the Institute Jožef Stefan open days in April 2014.

Our paper "Trends in the development of communication networks: Cognitive networks" is the 10th among the 25th most cited articles published since 2009, extracted from Scopus, see all on the Elsevier web site.

Check the "Cognitive radio experimentation with VESNA platform" presentation by Miha Smolnikar at the School on Applications of Open Spectrum and White Spaces Technologies.

We are looking for a C programmers that would join the team developing the VESNA platform. Candidates that have previous experience with electronic circuit design, operating systems or open source projects will have priority.

 

We are constantly open for talented, open minded and hard working undergraduate students, interns and MSc/PhD candidates. Read more.

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Videolectures


Dynamic composition of communication services

Carolina Fortuna

Orchestrating Virtual Wireless Networks from Shared Resource Pools
Luiz DaSilva


VESNA in Kognitivni Radio

Tomaž Šolc

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Demos


SensorNetwork testbed
Mash-up demo.

 

GSN demo

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