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The Future Internet Research and Experimentation - FIRE - current offer to customers from industry (including SMEs) and research includes access to testbed facilities for the purpose of technology, product and service development and testing, as well as knowledge, methods and tools for experimenters and product and service developers. FIRE’s offer in the next years will transform towards a service-oriented framework where the concept of Experimentation as a Service (EaaS) will be central.
This publication gives an insight into what is real and usable today in FIRE including FIRE success stories and information how to get access to FIRE facilities together with the FIRE project descriptions.

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  2. 2. FIRE FOR THE FUTURE What is FIRE? The Future Internet is a growth engine, offering new ways for businesses to be innovative and competitive in the digital market. World-class European testbed services offer companies the support they need so they can test a betatechnologyornewideaincontrolledenvironments,evaluatingthembeforebringingthemtotherealworld. The Future Internet Research and Experimentation – FIRE – initiative offers the capability to experiment with networks, infrastructure and tools, in a multidisciplinary test environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms. Inaddition,FIREpromotestheconceptoftheexperimentally-drivenresearch,combiningvisionaryacademic research with the wide-scale testing and experimentation that is required for the industry. FIRE value proposition for collaboration FIRE offers access to experimental facilities and services to a range of user segments, as well as to other initia- tives related to the Future Internet such as IoT, FI-PPP, 5G-PPP, EIT ICT Labs and Smart Cities. In turn, FIRE makes use of - or collaborates for offering - services and facilities of other players such as GÉANT/NRENs. The coopera- tionrelationbetweenFIREandtheseotherinitiativesandplayersisco-evolvingasFIRE’sfuturedevelopmentwill anticipate the initiatives´ need to make more extensive use of FIRE´s testbed facilities. FIRE and the Research Community FIRE offers cutting edge facilities that cannot be inexpensively reproduced. It offers them to the Net Futures research communities (researchers in cloud, cyber physical systems, big data) and for Horizon 2020 as a whole (e.g. Smart Cities, Manufacturing, eHealth). FIRE offers access to the experimenter and research community to increase impact of the experimenters’ work. Experimentation services are offered to reduce time and cost to perform experiments. FIRE offers access to the experimenter and research community to increase the impact of their work. Experimentation services are offered to reduce time and cost to perform experiments. The FIRE facility is open – Let’s use it! The FIRE current offer to customers from industry (including SMEs) and research includes access to testbed fa- cilities for the purpose of technology, product and service development and testing, as well as knowledge, meth- ods and tools for experimenters and product and service developers. FIRE’s offer in the next years will transform towards a service-oriented framework where the concept of Experimentation as a Service (EaaS) will be central. AlloftheFIREfacilitiesevolveinademand-drivenway,supportedthroughOpenCallsandanewmechanism called “Open Access”. Open Access offers experimenters the opportunity to use FIRE facilities for free, both dur- ingandbeyondtheoriginallyplannedlifetimeoftherespectiveproject.CREW(CognitiveRadio),FORGE(eLearn- ing) and OneLab (Core Networking) are current examples of FIRE facilities offering Open Access; other individual testbeds continue to operate by federating with running FIRE Facility projects, thereby allowing researchers to access facilities around Europe. Instead of building your own Future Internet testbed, you can save money, efforts and time by re-using already available FIRE test facilities! FIRE information portal: Information about the activities of the European Commission on FIRE - Future Internet Research and Experimentation, and about all FIRE projects can be found at!cC44Qk * MOBILE CODE FOR THE ADDRESS. DOWNLOAD CODE READER: WWW.I-NIGMA.COM FIRE QR code generated on FIREEC QR code generated on
  4. 4. SUCCESS STORY BY CREW participants iMinds Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) TASS Belgium Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN) challenGe TheCREWfacilitiesareopen,onabesteffortbasis,toallusers thatwishtotestandevaluatetheircognitiveradionetworking solutions. Through the Continuous Open Call mechanism, the facility owners also provide support to these experiment- ers if needed. solution InthefirstunfundedOpenCalloftheCREWproject,7propos- alswereacceptedandsupportedbythefacilityproviders.We briefly present the most successful SME and the most suc- cessful academic project. picoMESH was an experiment proposed by TASS, on the iMinds testbed, aiming to prove that the Optimized Link State Routing Protocol (OLSR) (IETF RFC3626) implementa- tion provided by PicoTCP fits a scenario where a mesh topol- ogy based on IEEE 802.15.4 is challenged by multiple issues (i.e. nodes with a limited visibility or partially hidden, nodes joining and leaving the topology with no notice, embedded devices with limited capabilities). While executing the project, the company was able to detect and fix software bugs in their code as well as to reach their aim by running OLSR on a 55 node facility. They gained significant know-how with port- ing their code on embedded wireless devices and they also learned how to debug large networks. Improving IoT solutions using cognitive radio facilities GAME-COG-NET was an experiment proposed by TUCN, on the JSI testbed, aiming to show the feasibility of power control games to enable the co-existence of several IoT de- vices over a relatively small area. The experiment was suc- cessfully performed resulting in a submitted journal publica- tion. During this work, it was shown that most of the theoretic frameworks need serious reformulation and adaptation to work in real set-ups. Additionally, most games only rely on signal to noise ratio while considering cross-layer metrics such as packet received ratio which seems to be a more prac- tical approach. fire contribution FIRE remote and relatively large test facilities enable experi- menters from small companies and groups to get hands-on experience, which would be difficult or very expensive to ob- tain otherwise. Additionally, the availability of state-of-the-art hardware and software is a plus for these experimenters, but, especially the SMEs tend to favor scale at the expense of so- phisticated equipment. MOREINFORMATION: CREW
  5. 5. SUCCESS STORY BY FLEX participants University of Thessaly (UTH) Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey challenGe As data traffic exchanged over the mobile networks is con- stantly growing, mobile operators need to prioritize the traffic according to the traffic class that it belongs (e.g. voice, video, etc), towards maximizing the end user perceived Quality of Experience (QoE). However, the lack of truly open testbed fa- cilities that support experimentation with cutting edge wire- less technologies is hindering any efforts of the research community. solution FIRE LTE testbeds for Open Experimentation (FLEX) project aims in establishing truly open testbed facilities that use the state-of-the-art LTE protocol for mobile communications. Through FLEX equipment and supporting software plat- forms are becoming fully compatible with the existing FIRE tools and methodologies, enabling user-friendly experimen- tation with the recently added resources. Moreover, the par- ticipating testbeds are featuring heterogeneous networking equipment that is already present at each site, enabling the creation of topologies with joint wired and wireless network- ing resources. In this context, we use OpenFlow, the widely known SDN enabler, behind the LTE Evolved Packet Core Experimenting with LTE and SDN resources for enhanced end-user QoE Network to categorize the traffic that is received from the LTE access network. According to the LTE-specific Quality of Ser- vice (QoS) network parameters (e.g. QCi and ARP retention policy, etc.) used for each wireless client, we create the ap- propriate traffic flow in the wired backbone beyond the LTE network.Byinspectingthetrafficandusingaspecificallybuilt OpenFlow controller, we are able to create a distinct network environment for each wireless client, thus affecting the per- ceived Quality of Experience (QoE). We apply this test scenario, between two different NITOS testbeds, one using the LTE equipment and one using the WiMAX infrastructure. The two participating smartphones are communicating using a Layer 2 interconnection. Two dif- ferent types of traffic are sent; VoIP traffic initiated from an LTEenabledsmartphonetotheWiMAXenabledsmartphone andbackgroundtraffic.BymakinguseofSDN,wemanageto prioritize the VoIP traffic over the background traffic. fire contribution The tools that we take advantage of in this demonstration have been built through FLEX, and target in creating a soft- ware defined backend behind the available LTE resources. These tools are fully compatible with the existing established FIRE platforms and are given free-of charge to any experi- menter that wants to conduct LTE-related experiments over the FLEX platform. Hardware and software is a plus for these experimenters, but, especially the SMEs who tend to favor scale at the expense of sophisticated equipment. MOREINFORMATION: FLEX QR code generated on Topologyadoptedforthisexperiment;OpenFlowsupportbeyondtheLTE andWiMAXnetworkallowsustoprioritizetrafficaccordinglytothe experimenter’sneeds.
  6. 6. SUCCESS STORY BY ONELAB MOREINFORMATION: ONELAB participants Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 Inria (France) iMinds (Belgium) Technical University of Berlin (Germany) University of Thessaly (Greece) challenGe Until recently, developing a federation of large-scale com- puter networking testbeds from different authorities has not successfully been achieved. Testbeds such as PlanetLab, Em- ulab,ORBITprovidethenecessaryscaleoftestingbutexistas independent entities with separate tools and authentication mechanisms. The OneLab facility has resolved this challenge through the development of testbeds that are freely available to researchers through a single-access point with a unique credential, and common set of tools through which the het- erogeneous platforms can be accessed. solution OneLab’s adoption of Slice-based Federation Architecture (SFA), an API for authentication and authorization, and the MySlice portal technology provide a successful model for federation. SFA allows for the independent authorities fed- erated under OneLab to offer distributed resources to their users, with each authority authenticating and authorizing user access to resources. The OneLab portal, using MySlice, provides a single point through which users can access the testbeds and reserve heterogeneous resources across plat- forms. Opening of the OneLab Experimental Facility: European and International Impact High recognition within Europe: The OpenLab project, which resulted in the OneLab facility, was honored with the “Etoiles de l’Europe,” a prestigious award from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. This award rec- ognizedOpenLabanditsEuropeanandinternationalpartners for their successful, innovative, and collaborative research in the future internet field. fire contribution Several FIRE platforms have federated under OneLab, ex- panding the user base of FIRE resources and providing sup- port for sustained development and creation of future inter- net testbeds. New platforms have opened under OneLab: the FIT IoT-Lab testbed for large scale testing of small wireless sensor devices; and FIT NITOS-Lab offering experimentation across WiFi connected nodes. International Success: OneLab continues to expand the FIREcommunityanddisseminatetheFIREmissionoutsideof Europe. A memorandum of understanding with the Institute for Information Technology - Taiwan was signed in Septem- ber, allowing for shared and reciprocal access to resources. The OneLab facility contributes to the sustainability of the FIRE mission, and will continue its innovative research and development of future internet resources. OneLabFederationOverview.
  7. 7. SUCCESS STORY BY 3D-LIVE participants Collaborative Engineering (Coordinator) (Italy) ARTS (France) University of Southampton (UK) Cyberlightning (Finland) Sportscurve (Germany) CERTH (Greece) challenGe In the modern world, the number of 3D capable devices are rapidly increasing bringing virtual reality closer to the real world. The 3D-LIVE project challenge was to study how to evaluate experiences in immersive environment where us- ers are able to experience, feel and interact with real environ- ments and real distant users in real time. solution The 3D-LIVE project developed a User Driven Mixed Reality platform connected to EXPERIMEDIA testbeds to investigate the Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Services (QoS) when users are fully immersed into mixed environments. In the context of Augmented Sports, we allow several users to be virtually immersed in one shared environment called the “Twilight platform”. In this mixed reality environment, they are able to see, communicate and play with one another in real time taking advantages of the latest research in 3D Re- construction of moving humans. Our platform is adapted to three use-cases: the Golf, the Ski and the Jogging activities. Experiments in a Twilight Space The 3D-LIVE project main phases • Creation of a Future Internet Experiential Design method- ology including a holistic User Experience model to en- able the continuous evaluation of the QoE and the QoS. • Design and creation of open FI mediated Mixed Real- ity (Twilight) Platform supporting 3D Tele-Immersive Environments with social interaction in the context of live sport events. During the project new practices were created for: • Skeleton Capturing. • Pre-recorded animations usage. • Human 3D reconstruction. • Experimentation and evaluation of the implemented Twilight Platform and 3D Tele-Immersive Environments with the skiing, running and golfing live scenarios. 3D Live experimentations User experiences with Twilight platform in all 3D-LIVE sce- nariosweresimilarandencouraging:usersenjoyedtheexpe- rience and reported strong, positive attitudes towards future use. In some cases users wanted to schedule further events with each other after the experiment! Many of our joggers became competitive very quickly during these experiments! Othersenjoyedinteractingwitheachotherinthesharedenvi- ronment via physical actions their avatars performed. Quality of Service and Quality of Experience data we captured were valuable and used to further improve the overall user experi- ence. fire contribution The 3D-LIVE project has engaged with the FIRE community on a number of platforms including cross-project collabora- tion with EXPERIMEDIA (including the sharing of facilities; technologies and methods); the presentation of collabora- tions at workshops; and the dissemination of promotional material. MOREINFORMATION: 3D-LIVE TwilightPlatformwhichseamlesslyconnectsindoorandoutdoorusersin Tele-immersiveenvironment.
  8. 8. SUCCESS STORY BY EVARILOS TestbedinfrastructureforbenchmarkingofRF-basedindoorlocalization undercontrolledinterference. participants Technische Universität Berlin (Germany, Coordinator) ADVANTIC Sistemas y Servicios (Spain) iMinds (Belgium) SICS Swedish ICT (Sweden) Televic Healthcare (Belgium) challenGe EVARILOS addresses major problems of indoor localization research: The pitfall to reproduce research results in real life scenarios due to uncontrolled RF interference, and the weak- ness of numerous published solutions being evaluated under individual, not comparable and not repeatable conditions. Accurate and robust indoor localization is a key enabler for context-aware Future Internet applications, whereby robust means that the localization solutions should perform well in diverse physical indoor environments under realistic RF inter- ference conditions. solution EVARILOS developed a benchmarking methodology ena- bling objective experimental validation of and fair compari- son between state-of-the art indoor localization solutions. This methodology considers not only accuracy metrics, but also complexity, cost, energy, and, most importantly, RF in- terference robustness metrics. The interference robustness of localization solutions has been improved through (a) mul- timodal approaches leveraging different localization meth- ods; (b) introducing environmental awareness and cognitive Evaluation of RF-based Indoor Localization Solutions for the Future Internet features; (c) leveraging the presence of external interference. Finally, the EVARILOS benchmarking methodology and in- terference-robust localization solutions are validated in two real-life application scenarios: healthcare in a hospital setting andundergroundminingsafety.Theoutcome,theEVARILOS benchmarking suite, has been implemented in FIRE (CREW, TWIST) facilities and is publicly available. fire contribution As one of the main FIRE contributions the project developed the EVARILOS Benchmarking Handbook which provides a generic benchmarking methodology, as well as a set of vali- dated and standardized experiment-based benchmarks for localization solutions. The implemented EVARILOS Bench- marking Suite provides opportunities to users (a) to support the evaluation process of indoor localization solutions using objective methodologies, (b) to simplify the use of experi- mentalFIREfacilitiesforthepurposeofevaluatinglocalization solutions and (c) to allow reuse of EVARILOS research results by a wider scientific community. Open datasets, containing environmental RF data from multiple environments, as well as detailed descriptions of the setup and outcomes of the performed localization experi- ments, are provided to bootstrap efficient experimentation design and comparison of solutions. The EVARILOS Open Challenge – an open competition for the best localization solution to promote the EVARILOS benchmarking methodology – has been organized with two tracks in 2014. Continuous opportunities for evaluating RF- based indoor localization algorithms and solutions using the methodology and infrastructure developed in the scope of the project are still open to anyone from academia and indus- try, potential users and contributors. MOREINFORMATION: EVARILOS QR code generated on
  9. 9. SUCCESS STORY BY CREW ContinuousmonitoringofUHFspectrum. participants Trinity College Dublin (TCD) iMinds Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) + (Celia Maria Dos Santos Ferreira) CMSF challenGe Cognitive radio has been proven to be a good alternative to deal with the spectrum bottleneck we are faced with, how- ever the concept and technology are only known and under- stood by a relatively small community. Therefore, broaden- ing the impact of cognitive radio and raising awareness of its benefits are important challenges. solution As a first step in addressing the challenge, a very intuitive and user-friendly four player game entitled “Spectrum Wars” was created. Inspired by the participation of TCD in the 2014 DARPA Spectrum Challenge, the game subsequently won the best Demo award at IEEE DySpan 2014 and has been suc- cessfullyshownatseveraleventssuchasFIA,ICT,iMindsThe Conference, etc. Broadening the impact of cognitive radio The ongoing OfCom trials in the UK are preparing the ground for the use of primary/secondary access in TV white space (TVWS). CREW is involved in the trials though the col- laboration with the ACROPOLIS NoE and King’s College Lon- don. The participation consists of 1) long term continuous monitoring of the activities in the VHF and UHF TV bands and 2) testing the ability of the geo-location database to automati- cally create protection zones based on real-time sensing in- formation. fire contribution Without FIRE, it would have been very difficult to develop a portable spectrum wars game on actual hardware that can be used to raise awareness and educate people on cognitive radioanddynamicspectrumaccess.FIREalsofundedthede- velopment of the low-cost VESNA - ESHTER hardware which is capable of continuous spectrum sensing and the exten- sions to the geo-location database. READ MORE: MOREINFORMATION: CREW
  10. 10. SUCCESS STORY BY SMARTFIRE TheC-flowusecaseoverthefederatedfacilityprovidedbyNITOSandSNU testbed. participants University of Thessaly (Greece) Seoul National University (South Korea) challenGe Overthelastyears,severaltheoreticalunderpinningsonSDN have been established, thus inspiring the conception and de- ploymentofnovelnetworkarchitectures.However,theevalu- ation of these architectures on experimentation platforms is still an open challenge, especially in the cases which feature unified ‘intelligent’ backbone and wireless access networks. SmartFIRE is building a shared large-scale infrastructure, by expanding and federating the existing Future Internet test- beds in Europe and South Korea. The new infrastructure promotes joint experimentation among European and South Korean experimenters, encouraging them to conceive and implement innovative protocols on video streaming and IoT architectures, etc. A content-based architecture is discussed as a use case for the validation of the effectiveness of this in- frastructure. solution SmartFIRE is creating a common and unified way of experi- menting with a large-scale facility, incorporating SDN re- search that is primarily conducted by the South Korean Part- ners,andwirelessnetworkingexperimentationthatiscarried out by the European Partners. A major part of the worldwide Enabling Experimentation on Content-based Architectures with Wireless and Software-Defined Networking current research on SDN technologies is being carried out in South Korea, from organizations building OpenFlow ena- bled testbeds, while the European side provides its expertise in wireless technologies and federation architectures. In this specific case, a content-based communication architecture is developed on top of the University of Thessaly (NITOS) and Seoul National University (SNU) testbeds. This communica- tionscheme,namedC-Flow,isimplementedusingOpenFlow technology on top of the European and South Korean test- beds. The utilized resources of the federated facility include Linux host machines, virtual machines, physical and virtual OpenFlow switches and Layer 2 intercontinental virtual con- nections,basedontheGEANT-GLORIAD-KREONETservices. Wireless devices laying on the NITOS testbed are connected to a content-based network, where the IP addressing scheme is replaced by a novel one, based on content identifiers. The goalofthisinnovationistouseidentifiersthatspecifyonlythe content,whichisplacedonmultiplesidesontheSNUtestbed and not its location. The target of the C-Flow architecture is demonstrating the forwarding procedure of the content from the most appropriate side to each requesting wireless device, while streaming over the wireless mesh of NITOS which is based on a Backpressure routing scheme. fire contribution Theexperimentationontheaforementionedscenario,among other things, illustrate the efficiency of the content-based ar- chitectures, as well as the feasibility of their development to- day. However, the main benefit of SmartFIRE is the exchange of know-how, the promotion of the OpenFlow experimenta- tion in the European zone and the broadening of the South Korean partners’ expertise on the wireless networking. MOREINFORMATION: SmartFIRE QR code generated on
  11. 11. FACILITY PROJECTS CONFINE (Community Networks Testbed for the Future In- ternet) provides Community-Lab, an experimental facility that supports and extends experimentally-driven research on Community-owned Open Local IP Networks, already successful in developing Internet access in many areas of Europe and the world. The project takes an integrated view on these innovative networks, offering a testbed to embed experiments on several community networks, each hosting between 40–40,000 nodes, along with even more end-users. How does it work? CONFINE’s testbed, Community-Lab, integrates and extends several existing community networks: (Catalo- nia, Spain), FunkFeuer (Wien, Austria) and AWMN (Athens, Greece), Wireless België (Belgium), Ninux (Italy), Sarantapo- (Greece). These facilities are extremely dynamic and di- verse, and successfully combine different wireless and wired (optical) link technologies, diverse routing schemes and man- agement schemes, running multiple services and applica- tions. The testbed is an innovative model of self-provisioned, dynamic and self-organizing networks using unlicensed and public spectrum and links. It offers unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment as part of real-world community IP networks. This integrated platform provides user-friendly access to these emerging community networks, supporting any stakeholder interested in developing and testing experi- mental technologies for open and interoperable network in- frastructures. The CONFINE facility allows the experimental validation of scenarios such as comparison between diverse mesh routing protocols; self-managing (or autonomic) application protocols that adapt to the dynamic conditions of nodes, links androutes;networkself-managementorcooperativeandde- centralized management; the adaptation of services such as VoIP to low bandwidth wireless networks. CONFINE Key achievements/results Community-Lab: An open federated test platform that facili- tates experimentally-driven research in existing community networks. Community-Lab has more than 200 nodes. The testbed is part of the Fed4FIRE federation. Experiments en- compass topics such as network characterisation, improve- ments on routing protocols, cross-layer optimizations, SDN, video streaming, network attached radios, and content-cen- tric networking, etc. Social experiments focus on the analy- sis of social networks, participation, social incentives, social enterprises for local telecom services, and sustainability fac- tors. Open data sets are published at http://opendata.confine- including topology, routing, traffic, and usage pat- terns. New open source software tools and protocols have been developed, and are now adopted outside the project. How to get involved? Testbed portal: Documentation: Code: Open usage of Community-Lab is available since 2015. Project facts COORDINATOR: Leandro Navarro (UPC) EXECUTION: From 2011-10-01 to 2015-09-30 PARTNERS: Core: UPC (Spain) (Coordinator), (Spain), FunkFeuer (Austria), Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network (Greece), OPLAN (UK), Pangea (Spain), Fraunhofer-FOKUS (Germany), iMinds (Belgium). 1st Open Call: CNIT (Italy), Freie Universität Berlin - FUB (Germany), INESCP (Portugal), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), University of Trento (Italy). 2nd Open Call: CNIT (Italy), University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), University of Western Cape (South Africa), (Greece), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Itinerarium (Spain), New America Foundation (USA), Routek S.L. (Spain), Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien (Austria), Universität Hannover (Germany), UNIDATA (Italy). MOREINFORMATION: CONFINE QR code generated on
  12. 12. FACILITY PROJECTS The goal of the Fed4FIRE project ( is to fed- erate the different FIRE facilities using a common federation framework. The federation framework enables innovative experiments that break the boundaries of these domains. It allows experimenters to more easily find the right resources to translate their ideas into actual experiments, to easily gain access to different nodes on different testbeds, to use the same experimenter tools across the different testbeds, etc. This means that the experimenters can focus more on their research tasks than on the practical aspects of experimen- tation. The benefits of federation for the infrastructure pro- viders are e.g. the reuse of common tools developed within the federation, reach of larger community of experimenters through the federation, etc. There are currently 21 testbeds involved in the Fed4FIRE federation, introducing a diverse set of Future Internet tech- nologies. 8 of these testbeds joined the project after winning the project’s 1st and 2nd Open Calls . These calls were issued in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and aimed to allocate budget to selected candidate testbeds for inclusion in the Fed4FIRE project. Furthermore, the Open Calls also targeted propos- als for innovative experiments that make use of the provided Fed4FIRE federation. In total 17 experiments were selected over those 2 Open Calls. In addition, two specific Open Calls havebeenorganizedin2014especiallytargetingexperiments proposed by SMEs, resulting in a selection of 8 experiments by SMEs. How does it work? The Fed4FIRE federation architecture is characterized by a preference for distributed components. This way, the federa- tion would not be compromised if, in the short or long term, individual testbeds or partners would discontinue their sup- port of the federation. The general policy is that experimenter tools should always be able to directly interact with the differ- enttestbeds,andshouldnotbeobligedtopassthroughsome central Fed4FIRE component. However, some non-critical central federation-level components are also included in the Fed4FIRE architectureforconveniencepurposes.Forinstance,whenan experimenter tool is used for resource discovery, reservation andprovisioning,itwillretrievethelistsofavailableresources directly from the different Fed4FIRE testbeds, and it will di- rectly request these testbeds to reserve specific resources or to provision them. Experiment control tools (which ease the execution of complex experiment scenarios) and experiment monitoring frameworks are other example cases where the experimenter tool will directly interact with the testbed. A critical aspect in such a highly distributed approach is the adoption of common interfaces in the federation, and making sure that every member of the federation is fully compliant with them. Therefore, Fed4FIRE is developing a new software tool that focuses on acceptance testing of the required interfaces for testbed federation: jFed. This test suite enables the rigorous testing and integration activities that are needed when federating a highly heterogeneous set of test- beds with the intention to realize a fully operational federa- tion. jFed focuses on logical tests for all steps of the experi- ment workflow and adds interface tests and negative testing (are things breakable?) where needed. In the context of resource discovery, reservation and pro- visioning, the adoption of the Slice-Based Federation Archi- tecture (SFA) is a key element in Fed4FIRE. Therefore, the first focal point of jFed is the support of manual and automatic nightly testing of the entire SFA API. This testing functional- ity is entirely developed in Java, allowing greater flexibility in development of both the test suite and future Java SFA client tools. For the manual testing of the SFA interface of any given testbed, both a command line and a graphical user interface are provided. The automatic (nightly) testing of testbeds is run from within a Jenkins platform, posting the test reports on a website and sending emails in case of problems. The test suite has been released as open source software (http://, and easily allows for extensions through a pl- ugin system. This way, other important Fed4FIRE federation interfaces will also be added to the testing suite as the project continues.TheFederatedResourceControlProtocol(FRCP)is an example of such an interface. StatisticsfromFed4FIREOpenCalls. Call Category EC Contribution Number of proposals Success rate Requested Available Submitted Accepted 1st Open Call Experiments 4 076 492 € 600 000 € 56 8 14.28% Facilities 2 387 121 € 300 000 € 25 3 12.00 % 1st SME Call Experiments 298 650 € 100 000 € 12 4 33.33% 2nd Open Call Experiments – industry driven 486 697 € 200 000 € 11 5 45.45% Experiments – academia driven 387 434 € 200 000 € 8 4 50.00% Facilities 1 400 082 € 400 000 € 18 5 27.78% 2nd SME Call Experiments 663 269 € 100 000 € 28 4 14.28%
  13. 13. Key achievements/results 25 months after the start of the project, Fed4FIRE has de- ployed the first and the second version of its federation framework, allowing experimenters to get involved with all affiliated testbeds in an easy manner. The first version of the Fed4FIRE framework has been validated by 8 experiments accepted after the 1st Open Call and by four additional ex- periments accepted after 1st specific SME call. The second version of the framework will be validated by 9 experiments accepted after the 2nd Open Call and four additional experi- ments accepted after the 2nd SME Call. These experiments will be implemented and executed in 2015. How to get involved? In accordance with the Fed4FIRE project structure, the two planned Open Calls have been completed and no further Calls of this type are planned for the future. However, the Fed4FIRE will consider organization of further two additional Calls for experiments originating from SMEs in the upcom- ing months. Moreover, Fed4FIRE has launched a process for Open Access to the Fed4FIRE testbeds allowing access and use of the federated testbeds without additional fund- ing. To keep informed about the Fed4FIRE SME Calls and Open Access, please, regularly check the project website ( and/or contact us at Project facts COORDINATOR: Piet Demeester (iMinds) EXECUTION: From 2012-10-01 to 2016-09-30 PARTNERS: iMinds (Belgium) (Coordinator), University of Southampton IT Innovation (UK), UPMC (France), Fraunhofer- FOKUS (Germany), TU Berlin (Germany), University of Edinburgh (UK), INRIA (France), NICTA (Australia), Atos (Spain), University of Thessaly (Greece), NTUA (Greece), University of Bristol (UK), i2CAT (Spain), EURESCOM (Germany), DANTE (United Kingdom), Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), NISA (Republic of Korea). PARTNERS JOINED AFTER 1ST OPEN CALL (FROM DECEMBER 2013): UMA (Spain), UPC (Spain), UC3M (Spain), DEIMOS (Spain), MTA SZTAKI (Hungary), NUI Galway (Ireland), ULANC (UK), WooX Innovations (Belgium), UKent (UK), British Telecom (UK), Televes (Spain). PARTNERS JOINED AFTER 2ND OPEN CALL (FROM DECEMBER 2014): Be-Mobile (Belgium), Nissatech (Serbia), Liberologico (Italy), TELTEK (Spain), Televic Rail (Belgium), PSNC (Poland), CNIT (Italy), CREATE-NET (Italy), UAM (Spain), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Adele Robots (Spain), PAN PCSS (Poland). OverviewofthetestbedscurrentlybelongingtoFed4FIRE. MOREINFORMATION: Fed4FIRE QR code generated on
  14. 14. FACILITY PROJECTS The CREW project facilitates experimentally-driven research onadvancedspectrumsensing,cognitiveradioandcognitive networking strategies in view of horizontal and vertical spec- trum sharing in licensed and unlicensed bands. How does it work? The CREW platform federates five individual wireless test- beds, built on diverse wireless technologies: heterogeneous ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) radio, heterogeneous licensed radio (TV-bands), cellular networks (LTE) , and wire- less sensors. The offerings of these geographically distribut- ed testbeds are federated, and improved with the addition of state-of-the-art cognitive sensing equipment. The platform offers users a common portal with a com- prehensive description of the functionalities of each individ- ual testbed together with clear user guidelines. The facility also includes a benchmarking framework that enables ex- perimentsundercontrolled/reproducibletestconditions,and offers universal and automated procedures for experiments and performance evaluation. This allows fair comparison between different cognitive radio and cognitive networking concepts. The combined expertise, software and hardware that is available in the CREW federated platform allows the experi- mental optimization and validation of cognitive radio and cognitive networking concepts in a diverse range of scenari- os,includingbutnotlimitedto:radioenvironmentsensingfor cognitiveradiospectrumsharing,horizontalresourcesharing between heterogeneous networks in the ISM bands, coop- eration in heterogeneous networks in licensed bands, robust cognitive sensor networks, and measuring the impact of cog- nitive networking on primary cellular systems. Key achievements/results CREW has organised three successful Open Calls. Open Call 1 and Open Call 2 resulted in 7 funded experiments and the accession of 9 new partners to the CREW project. 7 more experiments (with no funding for the experimenters) have been supported as a result from the latest call (Open Call 3), evidencing a first step towards sustainable use of the CREW facilities. 3rd Open Call experimenter community: Laboratoire d’Informatique PAris Descartes (LIPADE), Paris Descartes University & Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI), Paris-Sud University, Technical University of Cluj- Napoca, AED Engineering GmbH, TASS Belgium NV, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ESAT - TELEMIC, Televic Healthcare NV. How to get involved? CREW has entered in a continuous Open Access phase. CREW offers best effort access to the facilities that is free for non-commercial use and includes basic support (consisting of information from portal, guidelines, tutorials, handbooks, and very limited basic technical support). If more guarantees are required on availability of infrastructure and technical support, it is possible to submit a request for experimenta- tion with guaranteed availability and support. More informa- tion about the Open Access use of the CREW facilities can be found at The CREW portal ( guides the experi- menter to find the most suitable test facility for its experiment and gives further information on how to get started. Project facts COORDINATOR: Ingrid Moerman (iMinds) EXECUTION: From 2010-10-01 to 2015-09-30 PARTNERS: iMinds (Belgium) (Coordinator), imec (Belgium), Trinity College Dublin, (Ireland), TU Berlin (Germany), TU Dresden (Germany), Thales (France), EADS (Germany), Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia). 1st Open Call: University of Durham (UK), Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany), Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain). 2nd Open Call: University of Thessaly (Greece), National ICT Australia (Australia), Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal), CMSF-Sistemas de Informação (Portugal), CNIT (Italy), WINGS ICT Solutions (Greece). TheCREWfederatedplatformanditsadvancedcognitivecomponent. MOREINFORMATION: CREW QR code generated on CREW
  15. 15. FACILITY PROJECTS FLEX (FIRE LTE testbeds for open experimentation) aims at contributing a crucial missing piece in FIRE’s infrastructure puzzle: cellular access technologies and Long-Term Evolution (LTE). FLEX’s experimentation environment will feature both open source platforms and configurable commercial equip- ment that span macro-cell, pico-cell and small-cell setups. FLEX will build upon current FIRE testbed management and experiment control tools and extend them to provide support for the new LTE components, and will develop specialized monitoring tools and methodologies. Focus will be placed on mobility, with the establishment of both real and emulated mobility functionalities on the testbeds. FLEX will organize two Open Calls, aiming to attract research groups to conduct sophisticated experiments, test innovative usages or provide functional extensions of LTE testbeds. How does it work? FLEX will establish LTE resources by means of access and core network in existing FIRE facilities thus reducing the inte- gration effort. The LTE resources deployment will take place at the wireless testbeds of NITOS in Greece, w—iLab.t in Bel- gium and EURECOM in France by using two different setups; the first one based on commercial equipment and the second one using highly configurable Open Source LTE components on an FPGA setup. The first approach offers a commercial network that is configurable and enables testing that needs compliance with the market products while the second one allows for full redesign of the system. The state-of-the-art tools for resource control and experiment orchestration and monitoring will be extended in order to support the LTE spe- cific resources, so as to provide a user friendly way for the experimenter to remotely access the testbeds and evaluate new ideas and protocols. Key achievements/results FLEX achievements can be summarized as follows: • The three testbed sites are already online and operating. • The LTE resources are smoothly integrated in the FIRE management frameworks. • Frameworks and monitoring applications using the LTE equipment are given to the experimenters. • Awareness has risen in the FIRE community about FLEX by disseminating the project in key events. • First Open Call has been successfully organized! How to get involved? The FLEX portal can be reached at where valuable information on how to conduct experiments and use the infrastructure is included. FLEX has already or- ganized one Open Call for proposals, and a second one is ex- pected in 2015. The goal of these calls is to attract proposals for innovative usages of the deployed facilities, sophisticated experimentsorevenfunctionalextensionsoftheLTEcompo- nents.Thecallshavebeenplannedtotakeplaceearly,inorder to provide enough time for the new partners to be integrated in the consortium and provide meaningful contributions. Project facts COORDINATOR: Prof.ThanasisKorakis(UniversityofThessaly) EXECUTION: From 2014-01-01 to 2016-12-31 PARTNERS: University of Thessaly (Greece) (Coordinator), iMinds (Belgium), SiRRAN Engineering Services Ltd. (UK), Eurecom (France), ip.access Ltd. (UK), COSMOTE (Greece), Rutgers – The state university of New Jersey (US), NICTA (Australia). TheFLEXtestbed;OpenSourceandCommercialLTEplatformsavailablefor experimentation. FLEX MOREINFORMATION: FLEX QR code generated on
  16. 16. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 10 Oceans and lakes cover 71% of the earth surface, and play a key role for the equilibrium of many earth systems, includ- ing climate and weather. Moreover, they support the life of nearly half of all species on earth and about 40% of the global population living within 100 kilometers of a coast. The future of mankind is therefore very dependent on careful monitor- ing, control and exploitation of the marine environments. As of today, however, our ocean basins are less well mapped, explored and understood than the moon, or even Mars. SUNRISE aims to provide all the tools for the unprece- dented monitoring and exploration of marine environments, extendingtheconceptofTheFutureInternet(i.e.,thesocalled “Internet of Things”) to the underwater domain. How does it work? SUNRISE concerns developing innovative solutions for net- working smart devices to monitor and control the marine environments. Several underwater platforms, including unmanned mobile robots, will be deployed in five different marine areas including the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea, lakes and canals. These devices will be interconnected wirelessly, through prevailing underwater communication technologies (e.g., acoustic and optical). Data collected by sensors, whether on static or mobile platforms, will be delivered to a central command and control station, where scientist and experts will be able to check the status of the marine environment and take any action, if needed. SUN- RISE will enable for the first time an accurate monitoring of large marine areas ‘in real time’. SUNRISEdirectlyaddressestheFIREobjectivesproviding innovative technologies for open underwater experimental facilities. Key achievements/results In the first year of the project the different building blocks of the SUNRISE architecture have been designed, implemented and integrated, allowing to build cutting edge facilities usable for experimentation. In particular: • Prototypes of Software Defined Acoustic Modems and Software Defined Communication Stacks have been built and successfully tested. The technologies devel- oped enable interoperability and cooperation of hetero- geneous, multi-vendor platforms and allow coexistence and dynamic selection of different communication technologies and solutions. • Two testing facilities (in La Spezia, Italy, and in Porto, Por- tugal) have been built, extended and federated through the SUNRISE GATE. The SUNRISE GATE allows to access the testbeds remotely through Internet, schedule tests, control in real-time the experiments, gather, store, analyze and present the collected data. How to get involved? The five SUNRISE facilities should be accessible at the end of the first year of project. User participation at any level will be eased by a user-friendly web interface, enabling the con- nection to remote underwater devices, to request measure- ments, and to remotely monitor the status of marine areas. The SUNRISE project will also extend its infrastructure through two Open Calls. The first one is closed and the se- lected projects will start in spring 2015; the second one will be launched in summer 2015. Project facts COORDINATOR: Chiara Petrioli (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) EXECUTION: From 2013-09-01 to 2016-08-31 PARTNERS: University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) (Coor- dinator), Evologics Gmb (Germany), NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (Italy), Nexse s.r.l. (Italy), SUASIS Underwater Systems Technology Limited (Turkey), The Research Foundation of State University of New York (University at Buffalo) (U.S.A.), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands). SUNRISE LightAUVsatworkinthebayofPorto(Portugal)©MARCOMEROLA. MOREINFORMATION: SUNRISE QR code generated on
  17. 17. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 1 / ICT11-H2020 FIESTAwillrealizetheinteroperabilityofdiverseIoTtestbeds,therebyena- blingexperimentsleveragingdataandresourcesfrommultipletestbeds. The vision of integrating IoT platforms, testbeds and asso- ciated silo applications is associated with several scientific challenges, such as the need to aggregate and ensure the interoperability of data streams stemming from different IoT platforms or testbeds, as well as the need to provide tools and techniques for building applications that horizontally in- tegrate silo platforms and applications. The convergence of IoT with cloud computing is a key enabler for this integration and interoperability, since it allows the aggregation of multiple IoT data streams towards the de- velopment and deployment of scalable, elastic and reliable applications that are delivered on-demand according to a pay-as-you-go model. How does it work? FIESTA-IoTworkstowardsprovidingablueprintexperimental infrastructure, tools, techniques, processes and best practic- es enabling IoT testbed/platforms operators to interconnect their facilities in an interoperable way, while at the same time facilitating researchers and solution providers in designing and deploying large scale integrated applications (experi- ments) that transcend the (silo) boundaries of individual IoT platforms or testbeds. FIESTA-IoT will enable researchers and experimenters to share and reuse data from diverse IoT testbeds in a seamless and flexible way, which will open up new opportunities in the development and deployment of experiments that exploit data and capabilities from multiple testbeds. Key objectives The main goal of the FIESTA project is to open new horizons in the development and deployment of IoT applications and experiments at an EU (and global) scale, based on the inter- connection and interoperability of diverse IoT platforms and testbeds. Overall, the project’s experimental infrastructure will pro- vide European experimenters in the IoT domain with the fol- lowing unique capabilities (Figure 1): • Access to and sharing of IoT datasets in a testbed-agnos- tic way. FIESTA will provide researchers with tools for ac- cessing IoT data resources (including Linked sensor data sets) independently of their source IoT platform/testbed. • Execution of experiments across multiple IoT testbeds, based on a single API for submitting the experiment and a single set of credentials for the researcher. • Portability of IoT experiments across different testbeds, through the provision of interoperable standards-based IoT/cloud interfaces over diverse IoT experimental facili- ties. How to get involved? In order to accomplish its goals, the FIESTA-IoT project will is- sue,manageandexploitarangeofopencallstowardsinvolv- ing third-parties in the project. The objective of the involve- ment of third-parties will be two-fold: • To ensure the design and integration (within FIESTA-IoT) of more innovative experiments, through the involve- ment of additional partners in the project (including SMEs). • To expand the FIESTA-IoT experimental infrastructure on the basis of additional testbeds. Project facts COORDINATOR: Dr. Martin Serrano (National University of Ireland Galway – Insight) EXECUTION: From 2015-02-01 to 2018-01-31 PARTNERS: National University of Ireland - NUIG (Ireland) (Coordinator), University of Southampton IT Innovation - ITINNOV (United Kingdom), Institut National Recherche en Informatique & Automatique - INRIA, (France), University of Surrey - UNIS (United Kingdom), Unparallel Innovation, Lda - UNINNOVA (Portugal), Easy Global Market - EGM (France), NEC Europe Ltd. NEC (United Kingdom), University of Cantabria UNICAN (Spain), Association Plate-forme Telecom - Com4innov (France), Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technologies - Athens Information Technol- ogy - AIT (Greece), Sociedad para el desarrollo de Cantabria - SODERCAN (Spain), Ayuntamiento de Santander - SDR (Spain), Korea Electronics Technology Institute KETI, (Korea). FIESTA MOREINFORMATION: FIESTA
  18. 18. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 1 / ICT11-H2020 Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe Mobile broadband (MBB) networks underpin a lot of vital op- erations of the modern society and are arguably becoming the most important piece of the modern communications infrastructure in the world. The immense popularity of mo- bile devices like smartphones and tablets, combined with the availability of high-capacity 3G and 4G mobile networks, has radically changed the way most people access and use the Internet. Given the importance of MBB networks, there is a strong need for objective information about their perfor- mance, particularly, the quality experienced by the end user. Such information is very valuable for many parties including operators, regulators and policy makers, consumers and so- ciety at large, businesses whose services depend on MBB networks, researchers and innovators. MONROE proposes to design and operate the first European transnational open platform for independent, multi-homed, large-scale monitor- ing and assessment of performance of MBB networks in het- erogeneous environments. How does it work? MONROE will build a dedicated infrastructure for measur- ing and experimenting in MBB and WiFi networks, compris- ing both fixed and mobile nodes distributed over Norway, Sweden, Spain and Italy. The mobile nodes will be placed on trains, busses and trucks, and they will play a key role to understand the MBB performance under mobility. The MON- ROEnodeswillbedesignedsuchthattheywillbeflexibleand powerfulenoughtorunmostmeasurementandexperiments tasks, including demanding applications like adaptive video streaming. MONROE will design experiments that measure the characteristics of MBB networks both in terms of per- formance and reliability. Furthermore, MONROE will allow experimenting novel services and applications on MBB net- works. All nodes will be connected to three MBB providers, and often also to WiFi. This makes MONROE particularly well suitedforexperimentationwithmethodsthatexploitmultiple links. In addition to information about network, time and loca- tion for experiments, MONROE nodes will have built-in sup- port for collecting metadata from the externally connected modems such as cell ID, signal strength, connection mode, etc. The measurement results along with metadata will be provided as OPEN DATA in regular intervals. MONROE will make it easy to access the system and deploy experiments on all or a selected subset of the nodes. The user access and experiment management system will be adapted from FED- 4FIRE project to make MONROE compliant with all other FIRE facilities. Key objectives The main objectives of MONROE are: • To build an open and large-scale measurement and ex- perimental platform, targeting MBB and WiFi networks, distributed over multiple European countries, with multi- homing capabilities. • To operate this large-scale platform by providing both maintenance and external user support. • To use the platform for the identification of key MBB per- formance parameters, thus enabling accurate, realistic and meaningful monitoring and performance assess- ment of such networks. • To provide Experimentation as a Service (EaaS), thus lowering the barrier for using the platform to external users, by providing well-documented tools and high- level scripts to execute experiments, collect results, and analyze data. How to get involved? MONROE will run a series of Open Calls where external users can ask for funding to run experiments. The first MONROE Open Call will be announced by the end of the first year and it will target researchers, innovators and business that depend on MBB networks. The second MONROE Open Call will be announcedtowardstheendofsecondyearanditwillbeopen to all user groups. Apart from the Open Calls, the platform will be available to external users in the beginning of the third year. Project facts COORDINATOR: Dr. Özgü Alay (Simula Research Laboratory) EXECUTION: From 2015-03-01 to 2018-02-28 PARTNERS: Simula Research Laboratory (Norway) (Coordina- tor), IMDEA Networks (Spain), Karlstad University (Sweden), Politecnico Torino (Italy), Celerway Communications (Nor- way), Telenor (Norway), NET1 (Sweden). MONROE MOREINFORMATION: MONROE
  19. 19. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 1 / ICT11-H2020 Building on and extending the legacy of FIRE, OrganiCity is a service facility based on three mature smart cities: Aarhus (Denmark), London (UK) and Santander (Spain). OrganiCity aims to enhance the capacities of mature smart cities in a sys- tematic way, co-created with the citizens of the three cities. How does it work? OrganiCity’s essential and fundamental starting point is a new, holistic paradigm in city making. This is a heterogene- ous, urbanscale Experimentation-as-a-Service facility. It’s a step away from urban planning; a step towards collaborative city making, breaching classic divisions and sectors. We pursue our goals and work with this new paradigm by focusing on co-creation at the meeting point of society and technology. Our results will be replicable, scalable and sustainable across the Connected Smart Cities Network and beyond. Key objectives • Develop a live, integrated, Experimentation-as-a-Service facility, which is multi-site and urbanscale. • Combine top down planning and operations with flexible bottom-up initiatives where citizen involvement is key. • Provide co-creation tools for trans-disciplinary participa- tory urban interaction design to enable citizens to partici- pate and develop their own approaches and applications. • Enhance the holistic large-scale experimentation capabil- ity of the involved cities. Other key activities include: • Create and maintain networks of mature multi-helix partnerships. • Contribute to the development of standards, perfor- mance indicators, metrics and maturity models for con- nected smart cities. • Explore and provide a viable context for holistic co-crea- tive city making. • Enhance citizen engagement. • Manage and co-create application scenarios. • Facilitate, enable and apply crowd-sourced data annota- tion and quality control. • Facilitate, enable and apply opportunistic networking of IoT and smartphones. • Facilitate, enable and apply data analysis and visualisa- tion by non-experts. How to get involved? • Communities and organisations are invited to use the new OrganiCity facility, self-funded or funded through OrganiCity. • 2 open calls in 2016 and 2017, with € 1.8 m in funding for third-party experimental groups (25-35 experiments). • Communities can co-create the calls in 2015 and 2016. • Cities can connect to the facility and become an Organi- City. Project facts COORDINATOR: Martin Brynskov (Aarhus University) EXECUTION: From 2015-01-01 to 2017-12-31 PARTNERS: Aarhus University (Denmark) (Coordinator), Intel UK (United Kingdom), Alexandra Institute (Denmark), Future Cities Catapult (United Kingdom), Imperial College London (United Kingdom), TST Sistemas (Spain), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus (Greece), University of Lübeck (Germany), Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Spain), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alterna- tives (France), University of Cantabria (Spain), Santander Mu- nicipality (Spain), Aarhus Municipality (Denmark), University of Melbourne (Australia). ORGANICITY MOREINFORMATION: ORGANICITY
  20. 20. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 1 / ICT11-H2020 RAWFIE (Road-, Air- and Water- based Future Internet Experi- mentation) is a project funded by the European Commission (FIRE+ challenge, Horizon 2020) that aims to provide research and experimentation facilities through the growing domain of unmanned networked devices. The project will establish a unique, mixed experimentation environment across the space and technology dimensions by integrating numerous testbeds for experimenting in vehicular (road), aerial and maritime environments. RAWFIE targets to bring EU in the foreground of Future Internet (FI) research and experimenta- tionwhilefacilitatingthescientificosmosisbetweenacknowl- edged IoT research groups with testing infrastructures world- wide. How does it work? The basic idea behind RAWFIE is the automated, remote op- eration of a large number of robotic devices for assessing the performanceofdifferenttechnologiesinnetworking,sensing and mobile/autonomic application domains. These robotic devices will be: (a) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), (b) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and (c) Unmanned Sur- face Vehicles (USVs). Devices will be hosted on a respective testbed and RAWFIE will feature a significant number of UxV nodes for exposing a vast test infrastructure to experiment- ers. All these items will be managed by a central controlling entity which will be programmed per case and it will fully overview/drive the operation of the respective mechanisms (e.g., auto-pilots, remote controlled ground vehicles). Internet connectivity will be extended to the mobile units in order to enable the remote programming (over-the-air), control and data collection. The project will deliver the required software for experiments management, data collection and post-anal- ysis. The vision of Experimentation-as-a-Service will be real- ized by virtualizing the provided software, making the frame- work available to any experimenter around the globe. Key objectives • The development of a strategic experimental infrastruc- ture for mobile IoT. • To support of the entire experiment lifecycle with fully detailed, controllable and replicable conditions. • The integration of Cloud resources and networking facili- ties provided by the Europe’s Research and Education Network (GEANT). • The provision of a proof of concept for extending the IoT paradigm in the world of autonomous mobile devices and remote piloted systems with real time characteris- tics. • The implementation of a reusable architecture that facilitates the testing of hardware, protocols, algorithms, middleware and application protocols. How to get involved? Users will be able to access RAWFIE resources and services through the portal and experimentation suite. The portal will include a user-friendly interface to illustrate all the essential information for the RAWFIE federation (i.e., authorization, documentation, testbeds and resources). In addition, the ex- perimentation suite will provide a number of functionalities for the definition of experiment scenarios such as booking, monitoring and authoring tools. The set of RAWFIE partners will be supplemented through 2 Open Calls cycles (account- ing for the 50% of the RAWFIE budget) in the direction of ex- panding the infrastructure and allowing a wide spectrum of experiments to be undertaken prior to the RAWFIE self-sus- tainability, resource autonomy phase. Third parties that will join RAWFIE consortium through the Open Calls are experi- menters providing specific experiment applications, testbed operators and UxV manufacturers. Project facts COORDINATOR: Stathes Hadjiefthymiades (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) EXECUTION: From 2015-01-01 to 2018-12-31 PARTNERS: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) (Coordinator), CSEM Centre Suisse d’electronique et de Microtechnique SA (Switzerland), Intelligence for environment and security SRL IES Solutions SRL (Italy), FRAUNHOFER-Gesellschaft zur foerderung der angewand- ten forschung E.V (Germany), EPSILON (Bulgaria), Hellenic Aerospace Industry (Greece), Association Pegase (France), Centre for research and technology Hellas (Greece), OCEAN- SCAN - marine systems & technology LDA (Portugal), Haute ecole specialisee de suisse occidentale (Switzerland), ROBOTNIK automation SLL (Spain), AVIONTEK GMBH (Germany), Ministry of National Defense (Greece). RAWFIE MOREINFORMATION: RAWFIE
  21. 21. FACILITY PROJECTS – CALL 1 / ICT11-H2020 MOREINFORMATION: WiSHFUL Wireless Software and Hardware platforms for Flexible and Unified radio and network control Many of the recent trends in the development of information systems, such as Industry 4.0 and the Tactile Internet, require innovative solutions in wireless communication thus the in- creasing pressure to be able to quickly prototype and test po- tential solutions before creating market mature products. The WiSHFUL project aims to enable shorter development cycles by offering proper development and testing environments. How does it work? The WiSHFUL project offers advanced test facilities for exper- imental validation of end-to-end innovative wireless systems and solutions. Wireless innovation and experimentation is notjustamatteroftheavailabilityofadvancedtestinfrastruc- ture with the newest radio hardware platforms and support for remote management and control of the experiments, it is also a matter of the availability of suitable software platforms for controlling and coordinating radio communication and network protocols that support the wireless service. Wishful develops, implements and prototypes a unified software ar- chitecturethatcanbeleveragedtospeedupthedevelopment time and reduce the costs of wireless solutions for different vertical markets. Key objectives • To offer open, flexible and adaptive software and hard- ware platforms for radio control and network protocol development allowing rapid prototyping of innovative end-to-end wireless solutions and systems in different vertical markets (manufacturing, smart cities, home, of- fice, healthcare, transportation, logistics, environmental monitoring...). Key features of such platforms are: • Unified radio control allowing full radio control without the need for deep knowledge of the hard- ware specifics of the radio hardware platform. • Unified network control, allowing rapid prototyp- ing and adaptations of network protocol stacks. • Support for experimentation with intelligent con- trol of radio and network settings. • To offer advanced wireless test facilities that: • Follow the current de facto standards in FIRE, set by the FED4FIRE project, for testbed interoper- ability. • Support diverse wireless (access) technologies and platforms by 1) creating generic and open interfaces for control of the existing devices for technologies like Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11), Bluetooth (IEEE 802.15.1), WPAN (IEEE 802.15.4), and 2) extending these interfaces to more open ended experimental radio platforms covering software defined radio platforms, embedded devices and non-commercial grade hardware, so as to enable 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M), tactile internet. • To offer portable facilities that can be deployed at any location allowing validation of innovative wireless solu- tions in the real world (with realistic channel propagation and interference characteristics) and involving real users. • To extend the WiSHFUL facilities with additional facilities or wireless hardware, offering complementary or novel radio hardware/software platforms, supporting experi- mentation with new technologies such as mmWave (WiGig 60GHz and IEEE802.11ad), full duplex radio, IoT testbeds, smart antennas, etc. • To attract and support experimenters for wireless inno- vation creation targeting different classes of experiment- ers via different open call mechanisms tailored to the specific classes (industrial relevance for SME versus level of innovation for academia). How to get involved? You can get involved in three ways. First, start using the al- ready existing Wishful facilities located at iMinds (w-iLab.t), TCD (IRIS), TUB (TWIST) and RUTGERS (WINLAB). Second, follow our updates for new software releases, fork the soft- ware, try it and contribute feedback or improved code. Third, follow the upcoming Open Calls that will be launched by the project. Project facts COORDINATOR: Ingrid Moerman (iMinds) EXECUTION: From 2015-01-01 to 2017-12-31 PARTNERS: iMinds (Belgium) (Coordinator), Trinity College Dublin - TCD (Ireland), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni - CNIT (Italy), Technische Univer- sität Berlin - TUB (Germany), nCentric (Belgium), Rutgers University (USA), Seoul National University - SNU (Korea), Federal University of Rio De Janeiro - UFRJ (Brazil). WiSHFUL
  22. 22. RESEARCH PROJECTS CLOMMUNITY SOCIAL&SMART CLOMMUNITY addresses the obstacles for communities in bootstrapping, running and expanding community-owned networks that provide community services organised as community clouds. On the infrastructure layer, this concerns the manage- ment of a large number of distributed, low-cost, unreliable computing resources and dynamic network conditions. On the platform and application layer, the community cloud should operate elastic, resilient and scalable service overlays and user-oriented applications, such as for storage and home computing, built over this underlying infrastructure, which provide a good quality of experience at the lowest economic and environmental cost. How does it work? CLOMMUNITY utilizes CONFINE’s community networking testbed and additional cloud infrastructure to deploy cloud service prototypes in a cyclic participatory process of design, development, experimentation, evaluation and optimization, tailoring these to the specific social-technical challenges of communitynetworks.The existence ofthis communitycloud should allow end-users to find cloud applications within the community network, without the Internet, which could ulti- mately lead to cloud ecosystems in communities. Key achievements/results • Development of Cloudy, the Community-Distro, which contains common services and applications; and • Deployment of the community cloud in the Guifi com- munity network. Project facts COORDINATOR: Felix Freitag (UPC) EXECUTION: From 2013-01-01 to 2015-06-30 PARTNERS: UPC (Spain) (Coordinator), KTH (Sweden), UNESCO (France), Guifi.Net (Spain), SICS (Sweden). SOCIAL&SMART is a research project using the house- keeping scenario to experiment a pervasive Future Internet network providing real services to a wide population by op- erating connected appliances. The goal is to set up a Social Network of Facts (SNoF) where members share knowledge in order to automatically generate smart instruction lists (reci- pes) electronically dispatched from the cloud to household appliances. How does it work? An SNoF member sends requests such as “I want to wash blue cotton trousers stained with grease”. The request is ne- gotiated through a domestic middleware and processed by the SNoF through a set of computational intelligence tools. TheyconstitutetheNetworkedIntelligenceofthisecosystem, whichprofitsfromahugeknowledgebaseconsistingofappli- ance technical sheets, best practices and the entire log of pre- vious transactions. The recipe evaluation by the task request- ers is the main social capital of the SNoF feeding the learning algorithms to produce smart recipes. See the Youtube video at: KEY achievements/results Interfacing boards and protocols to connect appliances to the Internet have been realized. The domestic middleware is in a trial stage, SNoF computational intelligence tools are under assessment. At: a person can remotely control and monitor the entire operational cycle of a washing machine. S/he can also follow an entire bread maker transaction and virtually evaluate the executed recipe. Project facts COORDINATOR: Bruno Apolloni (Universita Degli Studi di Milano) EXECUTION: From 2012-11-01 to 2015-04-30 PARTNERS: Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy) (Coordinator), Amis Druzba za Telekomunikacije (Slovenia), Arduino SA (Switzerland), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Fundacion Cartif (Spain), Gorenje Gospodinjski Aparati D.D. (Slovenia), Libelium Comunicaciones Distribuidas Sociedad (Spain), Universitad del Pais Vasco EHU UPV (Spain). MOREINFORMATION: CLOMMUNITY QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: SOCIAL&SMART QR code generated on
  23. 23. RESEARCH PROJECTS — CALL 10 FORGE IOT LAB The Forging Online Education through FIRE (FORGE) project aims to transform the Future Internet Research and Experi- mentation (FIRE) testbed facilities into learning resources for higher education. Through FORGE, online courses will be en- hanced with FIRE-enabled interactive labs. How does it work? FORGE will be build upon current trends in online education and will use online educational platforms such as iTunes U, as well as in Massive Open Online Course platforms, where we see the large-scale take-up and use of rich media content. These include video, webcasts, podcasts and eBooks, which can contain multimedia and interactive segments. Key achievements/results FORGE has already developed a framework called FORGE- Box (, which enables the hands-on-en- hanced courses. These courses can be accessed from mul- tiple platforms and devices. Moreover, the courses can be exported to different formats, i.e. ePub, iBook, and HTML. Furthermore, FORGE has developed FORGEStore as a mar- ketplace of widgets (; as well as FIRE adapters to enable the interactive courses. Moreover, within the first year FORGE has produced already 10 courses cover- ingawiderangeofnetworkingandcommunicationdomains. These are freely available from FORGEBox and has resulted in more than 3000 experiments undertaken by more than 300 students at 5 universities. FORGE is also contributing to the IEEE P1876 Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories Standard. Trinity College Dublin’s FIRE testbed empowered by FORGEBox has been shortlisted in The Irish Laboratory Award 2014 in the Educational category. New partners will be joining the FORGE project through the Open Call ( Project facts COORDINATOR: John Domingue (The Open University) EXECUTION: From 2013-10-01 to 2016-09-30 PARTNERS: The Open University (UK) (Coordinator), Univer- sity of Patras (Greece), iMinds (Belgium), GRNET (Greece), UniversityPierreetMarieCurie-Paris(France),TrinityCollege Dublin (Ireland), NICTA (Australia). IoT Lab is a European Research project which aims at re- searching the potential of crowdsourcing to extend Internet of Things (IoT) testbed infrastructure for multidisciplinary ex- periments with more end-user interactions. How does it work? The future of IoT research will require closer interactions between the researchers and the society in order to better address societal needs and challenges, including end-user acceptance. This will require new approaches for experimen- tation that will become more pervasive, leaking out from the labs into the real world. IoT Lab will serve this future by con- tributing to pave the way to new experimental approaches with innovative “privacy-friendly” crowd sourcing tech- nologies, multidisciplinary approaches and new research schemes, such as crowd-sourcing driven research. Key achievements/results IoT Lab specified a comprehensive privacy-by-design ar- chitecture for crowd sourcing and testbed virtualization. It started developing its crowd-sourcing tools. The various participating IoT testbeds, including Mandat International, University of Surrey, University of Geneva, CTI have been integrated through a common IPv6 network. The project is currently focusing on the development of its smartphone ap- plication and its Testbed as a Service that will be accessible to external users in 2015. Project facts COORDINATOR: Sébastien Ziegler (Mandat International) EXECUTION: From 2013-10-01 to 2016-09-30 PARTNERS: Mandat International (Switzerland) (Coordinator), University of Geneva (Switzerland), Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus (Greece), University of Surrey (UK), Technical University of Lulea (Sweden), Alexandra Institute (Denmark), University of Southampton (UK), DunavNET d.o.o. (Serbia). MOREINFORMATION: FORGE QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: IoTLab QR code generated on
  24. 24. RESEARCH PROJECTS — INTERNATIONAL FELIX-EU MOSAIC 2B Testbed-oriented cooperation on SDN research across con- tinents can serve as a strong foundation for advanced, high- impact programmable network research work. Researchers can validate their novel network applications in world-class testbeds, capitalizing on resources from different adminis- trative and geographically remote facilities. In this context, FELIX, the joint EU-Japan research project, addresses SDN testbed federation between key research labs in the field. How does it work? TheprimaryobjectiveoftheFELIXprojectistocreateaframe- work in which users can request, monitor and manage a slice provisioned over distant Future Internet experimental facili- ties. FELIX builds strong foundations for a federation frame- work by further developing emerging technologies and SDN control frameworks (e.g. Open Grid Forum’s NSI and OFELIA OCF) for the practical applicability in the project. The imple- mented use cases will promote unique capabilities of the new federation framework. Key achievements/results FELIX is currently deploying a framework for federated SDN Future Internet (FI) testbeds. This framework will enable its user to: 1. Dynamically request and obtain resources across differ- ent testbed infrastructures. 2. Manage and control the network paths which connect the federated SDN testbed infrastructures. 3. Execute distributed applications on the federated infra- structure. Moreover, the project is preparing the EU-JP testbed for large-scale proof-of-concept experiments to be executed to validate the novel concepts developed in the project. Project facts COORDINATOR: Artur Binczewski (Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej PAN PCSS) EXECUTION: From 2013-04-01 to 2016-03-31 PARTNERS: Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej PAN PCSS (Poland)(Coordinator), Nextworks (Italy), Fundacio Privada I2CAT (Spain), SURFnet (Netherlands), European Center for Information and Communication Technologies (Germany), iMinds (Belgium). Mobile Empowerment for the Socio-Economic Develop- mentinSouthAfrica.Mobileempowermentbasedonmobile technologies allows the development and implementation of new business models and new business opportunities tar- geting micro enterprises and their customers in developing countries such as South Africa. The goal of MOSAIC 2B is to develop and test a new framework that uses cloud-based ap- plications, innovative low-cost internet delivery mechanisms and affordable mobile technologies to unlock new mobile business opportunities, especially in rural villages. How does it work? MOSAIC 2B delivers a combination of mobile digital cinemas for edutainment, mobile business and consumer services as well as visual analytics and interactive tools to obtain real- time knowledge of on-going processes, to support decision making, and to increase business opportunities. Ultimately the business case of South African micro entrepreneurs de- livering edutainment to rural consumers serves as a show- case for broad based economic activities at the bottom of the economic pyramid in the developing world. KEY achievements/results In the first year MOSAIC 2B developed all the necessary plat- form components, i.e., the delay tolerant network (DTN), the MOSAIC 2B player platform (MPP) App for Android including visual analytics tools, the server-side MOSAIC 2B control unit (MCU) used to administer the user and multimedia-content. Moreover, the consortium designed the whole field experi- ment which will start in March 2015. At that point in time all micro-entrepreneurs will be equipped with a cinema-in-a- backpackcontainingatabletwiththeMPPapp,speakers,pro- jectors, and a power unit to screen the multimedia-content in rural areas in South Africa. Project facts COORDINATOR: Daniel Steffen ( EXECUTION: From 2013-10-01 to 2015-09-30 PARTNERS: GMBH (Germany) (Coordinator), The Walt Disney Company GmbH (Switzerland), Associação CCG/ZGDV - CENTRO DE COMPUTAÇÃO GRÁFICA (Portugal), EPI-USE Africa PTY LTD (South Africa), University of Pretoria (South Africa), INFUSION KNOWLEDGE HUB (PTY) LTD (South Africa). MOREINFORMATION: FELIX-EU QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: MOSAIC2B QR code generated on
  25. 25. RESEARCH PROJECTS — INTERNATIONAL SMARTFIRE TRESCIMO The project aims to further develop Europe - South Korea co- operation on Future Internet experimental research. Smart FIRE aims to design and to implement a shared large scale experimental facility spanning different islands located in Eu- rope and in South Korea, enabling distributed applications by incorporating cutting edge SDN research in South Korea and wireless networking experimentations in Europe. How does it work? Existing testbed infrastructures in Europe and South Korea, already featuring WiFi nodes, wireless sensors and support- ing WiMAX, LTE and OpenFlow technologies, will be extend- ed and federated. These two directions will be supported by the leading experimental frameworks adapted by most Eu- ropean testbeds, the cOntrol and Management Framework (OMF) and the Slice Federation Architecture (SFA). The SDN features in the South Korean testbeds will be integrated into OMF. Interconnection of the aforementioned islands will take advantage of the GÉANT network in Europe while the respec- tive KOREN/KREONET will be used in South Korea. The GÉ- ANT and the KOREN/KREONET will be interconnected via the TEIN3/TEIN4 and via the GLORIAD. Key achievements/results • The SmartFIRE portal is ready, providing a single point of access for all testbeds from Europe (NITOS, w-iLab.t, GAIA) and South Korea (OF@TEIN, c-Flow, WiFi+, MOFI, KREONET Emulab). • South Korean testbeds have been enhanced with new wireless resources, providing new features to their users. • European testbeds have been extended with additional SDN equipment, enabling advanced SDN research. • Final details remaining for the successful physical inter- connection of all islands, through the GEANT and the KOREN/KREONET networks. Project facts COORDINATOR: Thanasis Korakis (UTH) EXECUTION: From 2013-11-01 to 2015-10-30 PARTNERS: UTH (Greece) (Coordinator), UPMC (France), iMinds (Belgium), UMU (Spain), SIGMA ORIONIS (France), National ICT (Australia), GIST (South Korea), KISTI (South Korea), KAIST (South Korea), ETRI (South Korea), SNU (South Korea). TRESCIMO improves FIRE testbed capabilities in Europe and inSouthAfrica,demonstratedthroughexperimentalresearch linking smart and green technological and social innovation. Smarter and greener cities are essential to address eco- nomic, social, and environmental challenges due to the in- crease in urbanization, requiring informed decisions based on Internet of Things data, sent immediately over IP networks or collected in a delay tolerant mode by mobile devices of in- dividuals or crowds. A particular challenge is the unstable power supply of cit- ies in underdeveloped countries, thus requiring smart energy management, e.g. demand-response mechanisms, installing small devices at the end-user, communicating over different network technologies to a central controller, allowing loads to be measured and limited if necessary, using affordable smart sensors as well as gathering information from nodes with limited power. How does it work? TRESCIMO addresses these issues with a Smart City plat- forms and an ETSI/oneM2M compliant Machine-to-Machine communication framework. The project runs two testbeds for smart cities M2M com- munication: one at the Technical University of Berlin, Germa- ny, and another at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and it is integrated into the Fed4FIRE SFA client, running at Two trials are being implemented: the Smart Energy Sys- tem Trial in Gauteng, South Africa, and the Smart City Envi- ronmental Monitor Trial in Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Spain. Key achievements/results TRESCIMO brings FIRE closer to offer Smart Infrastructures as a Service with the key achievement of providing a reliable and standard compliant Smart City Software Stack as a Ser- vice for evaluation purposes based on European and South African Smart Cities requirements. Project facts COORDINATOR: Maria Barros Weiss (Eurescom) EXECUTION: 2014-01-01 to 2015-12-31 PARTNERS: Eurescom (Germany) (Coordinator), TU Berlin and Fraunhofer FOKUS (Germany), i2CAT (Spain), ABS (Israel), UCT, CSIR and Eskom (South Africa). MOREINFORMATION: SmartFIRE QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: TRESCIMO QR code generated on
  26. 26. RESEARCH PROJECTS — INTERNATIONAL CALL 10 COORDINATION AND SUPPORT ACTIONS — CALL 10 RESCUER EU-CHINA FIRE (ECIAO) Incidentsoccurringduringlarge-scaleeventsandinindustrial areas may have a huge impact on human lives, property, and the environment. Fast reaction is vital in order to minimise physical damages as well as damages to the public image of the involved organisations. As mobile devices are widely usedandconnectedtotheInternet,RESCUERexploitscrowd- sourcing information and mobile technologies to address the challenge of quickly obtaining contextual information about emergency situations. How does it work? RESCUER will provide a smart and interoperable computer- based solution with the following components: 1. Mobile Crowdsourcing Solution: to support eyewit- nesses and first responders in providing information to the command centre; 2. Data Analysis Solutions: to integrate data from different operational forces as well as to combine, filter, and ana- lyse crowdsourcing and open data information; 3. Emergency Response Toolkit: to provide relevant information in an appropriate format and on time to the command centre; and 4. Communication Infrastructure: to support the informa- tion flow between the crowd and the command centre. Key achievements/results 1. First versions of the Mobile Crowdsourcing Solution and of the Emergency Response Toolkit were evaluated posi- tively during the FIFA World Cup 2014, in Brazil. 2. A first version of the Data Analysis Solutions has been implemented. It comprises text, image and video analy- ses. 3. An ad-hoc communication solution has been implement- ed for Android smartphones. It is based on the built-in WiFi capability of mobile devices. Project facts COORDINATOR: Karina Villela (Fraunhofer IESE) EXECUTION: From 2013-10-01 to 2016-03-31 PARTNERS: European Consortium: Fraunhofer IESE (Coordinator), DFKI and Vomatec (Germany); University of Madrid (Spain); FireServ (Austria); Brazilian Consortium: UFBA, USP, MTM, COFIC. The EU-China FIRE project is an EU-funded FP7 project aim- ing to strengthen EU-China cooperation on IPv6 and Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) activities. The initiative will implement the recommendations of the EU-Chi- na Future Internet, IPv6 and IoT Expert Group, created in 2010 in the framework of EU-China Information Society Dialogue, and contribute to establish an efficient bridge between EU and Chinese stakeholders to make the Future Internet a truly global success. The EU-China FIRE project has developed a web-based cooperation platform, including an online community and support desk services, with advanced functionalities in terms of collaborative workspace, collective intelligence, and pro- fessional networking. European and Chinese researchers are invited to join the platform to develop collaborative partner- ships, to learn more and contribute to discussions on topics such as benefits and priorities of EU-China cooperation on Future Internet, opportunities in 5G, Mobile Internet, Internet ofThings,SDN/NFVandChineseexperimentalplatformsand testbeds, as well as on IPv6 best practices and pilots. Key achievements/results • Creation of the EU-China FIRE online cooperation platform ( to help EU and Chinese organisations network together, contribute to discus- sions, and reinforce academic and industrial cooperation on Future Internet Experimental Research (FIRE). • Establishment of the IPv6 Education Program in EU and China to introduce IPv6 educational best practices in curriculum and course definitions as well as stimulate uptake of IPv6 deployment in the education sector. • Contribution to fed4FIRE specifications. • Promotion of Best Practices for IPv6 deployment. • Start-up of an ETSI Industry Specification Group to promote IPv6 and its impact on IoT, Cloud Computing, SDN-NFV and 5G. • EU-China IPv6 pilots to demonstrate end to end and cross-border IoT networking and applications with other partners such as BUPT in China, Mandat Int in Switzer- land and Orange in France. Project facts COORDINATOR: Martin Potts (Martel Consulting) EXECUTION: From 2013-08-01 to 2015-07-31 PARTNERS: MARTEL (Switzerland) (Coordinator), EGM (France), Sigma Orionis (France), UL (Luxembourg), BII (China), CATR (China), RUIJIE (China). MOREINFORMATION: RESCUER QR code generated on EU-China FIRE MOREINFORMATION: ECIAO QR code generated on
  27. 27. COORDINATION AND SUPPORT ACTIONS — CALL 10 CEFIMS-CONNECT CI-FIRE The ceFIMS-CONNECT Coordination Action project will ad- dress the need for closer integration and coordination of ICT researchandinnovationamongMemberStatesandbetween Member States and the EU. ceFIMS-CONNECT will support the European Future In- ternet Forum (FIF) by providing a Secretariat and supporting the activities of the FIF as it transitions into Horizon 2020 and the new 5G PPP. It will support Member State and Associate State Future Internet initiatives and the National FI Chapters by facilitating the collection and sharing of information on Member State and Associate State FI initiatives, strategies and priorities by establishing mechanisms for exchange of experiences, best practices and for identifying common chal- lenges and cooperation opportunities. It will also undertake targeted dissemination activities to Member States and As- sociated States in cooperation with other FIRE projects. Key achievements/results As part of strategic activities, related to the setting up of Na- tional FI chapters, the project submitted to EC The Guidelines report, which provides a standardized way for gathering in- formation on FI Research & Innovation (FI R&I) structures in MS/ACsandstartedtoworkontheceFIMS-CONNECTFIFRe- pository Database. Through its Secretariat role to the EU FIF, ceFIMS-CONNECT supported all FIF meetings held in 2014. Finally, to facilitate the exchange of information it started the FIF Monitor service and disseminated relevant FI news via its website, newsletter, and social media channels. Project facts COORDINATOR: James Clarke (Waterford Institute of Technology - Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (WIT-TSSG)) EXECUTION: From 2014-03-01 to 2016-08-31 PARTNERS: Waterford Institute of Technology - TSSG (Ireland) (Coordinator), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal), Asociación de Empresas de Electrónica, Tecnologías de la Información, Telecomunicaciones y Contenidos Digitales (Spain), ICHB PAN - Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poland). The Future Internet Research & Experimentation (FIRE) initiative of the European Commission has brought Europe several large-scale test beds and platforms that offer a rich set of original, cutting-edge and diverse technologies for the future internet. While there have been many successes, to date there is no convincing sustainable model that adopts a market-oriented approach with a focus on business value for companies of all sizes. CI-FIRE sets out to change this by providing an innovative business framework and establishing a model collaboration with EIT ICT Labs and its FanTaaStic Broker Service. FanTaaS- tic is building on the FIRE legacy, its resources, knowledge and federations, to drive the sustainable use of test beds in Europe with a compelling service and new business model. Key achievements/results CI-FIRE has demonstrated the added value of FanTaaStic for SMEs with the help of industry experts. The focus is now on meeting the need for a niche offering for ICT-savvy SMEs and entrepreneurs with a beta technology not yet fully tested or a new idea that do not typically have access to nodes. Col- laboration between FanTaaStic and FIRE can fill this gap with streamlined and tailored testing services, thus widening up- take. CI-FIREfacilitatesFIREtestfacilitiesinapplyingtobecome potential resource providers of the Broker Service, explaining the requirements and practical steps involved. Project facts COORDINATOR: Milon Gupta (Eurescom) EXECUTION: From 2013-10-01 to 2015-06-30 PARTNERS: Eurescom (Germany) (Coordinator), Martel (Switzerland), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Trust-IT Services Ltd (UK), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France). MOREINFORMATION: ceFIMS-CONNECT QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: @CIFIRE CI-FIRE QR code generated on
  28. 28. The objective of the AmpliFIRE Support Action is to prepare FIRE for the year 2020, in strengthening the exploitation and impact creation capacities of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) facilities. AmpliFIRE enhances the awarenessofFIRE-enabledresearchandinnovationopportu- nities in the business community, in societal domains and in the existing FIRE community. AmpliFIRE develops a sustainable vision for 2020 of Fu- ture Internet research and experimentation including the role of FIRE facilities, and sets out a transition path from the cur- rent situation towards 2020. It conducts an assessment of today’s FIRE capabilities, identifying the gaps relative to the 2020 demands and identifying how capabilities must evolve. AmpliFIRE proposes the capabilities, collaboration models and service offering portfolios so that by 2020, FIRE facilities would be the backbone of European research and innovation ecosystems. Based on Key Performance Indicators, Ampli- FIRE monitors the technical, operational and organizational conditions necessary to realise benefits, impact and sustain- ability of the Europe-wide Future Internet experiment facility. Key achievements AmpliFIREhasconductedaseriesofcommunitybuildingand support activities aimed at articulating the needs and poten- tial for Future Internet experimentation until 2020. The open FIRE Forum was established to widen the FIRE community, andtheFIREBoardforinternalcoordination.Throughinterac- AMPLIFIRE LAYOUT: MARKO MYLLYAHO, WWW.MARKOMYLLYAHO.COM This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 318550 Links Information about the Digital Agenda for Europe, FIRE - Future Internet Research and Experimentation:!cC44Qk FIRE information portal: FIRE News & Tweets in one place: FIRE Wiki: FIRE group @ LinkedIn: FIRE @ YouTube: FIRE @ Flickr: FIRE @ Twitter:, #ICT_FIRE, @ICT_FIRE FIRE @ SlideShare: COORDINATION AND SUPPORT ACTIONS tion with FIRE’s community, a FIRE Radar activity was initiat- ed,resultinginavision,scenariosandroadmaptowards2020 and describing FIRE’s development potential. FIRE’s current and future testbed facilities and services were assessed in relation to evolving experimenter demands and the require- ments of FIRE’s future vision. Based on FIRE’s positioning within the Future Internet landscape, AmpliFIRE explored col- laboration opportunities with related initiatives for exploita- tion of FIRE’s testbed resources. The FIRE information portal ( tion activities together with LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and SlideShare. Project facts COORDINATOR: Hans Schaffers (Aalto University) EXECUTION: From 2013-01-01 to 2015-12-31 PARTNERS: Aalto University (Finland) (Coordinator), Martel (Switzerland), University of Southampton (UK), InterInnov (France), LTU (Sweden), iMinds (Belgium), Telefónica (Spain), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). MOREINFORMATION: /amplifire.html AmpliFIRE QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION: FIREINFOPORTAL QR code generated on MOREINFORMATION:!cC44Qk FIREEC QR code generated on