SYSTEM

5G@PL

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The main objective of the transnational European initiative is to develop and test a customised sensing system for hazardous substances detection in complementary utility networks and public environments. For ensuring greater protection of citizens, the innovative monitoring and observing of fused data sources will be tested in seven urban areas in Europe. The Institute of Telecommunications of Warsaw University of Technology is responsible for adapting the Micromole device to the SYSTEM project and for designing the data fusion algorithms for detecting the presence and type of hazardous substances, and their source locations. The project consortium is composed by 22 partner organizations in Europe. The project received 7M EUR funding from the European Commission and runs from September 2018 until August 2021.

Coordinator: F. Solano Donado

The 5G@PL project aims to develop the comprehensive policy and implement a 5G network in Poland. Prompt and effective implementation of the 5G network, including services and applications based on new systems, will allow our country to become a leader in the use of new 5G technologies. Taking into account the benefits for the domestic economy, the implementation of the policy will provide a technological breakthrough thanks to the ability of Polish companies and startups to innovate services and applications based on the functionality offered by 5G. The ability to participate directly in the test phases and in consequence in the implementation of innovative 5G scenarios in the real environment will allow the Polish entities to gain significant technological advantage, giving them the possibility of effective competition on European and global markets. In addition, the implementation of the policy will contribute to provisioning of sustainable development of 5G networks throughout the country, ensuring consistent access to 5G services for all residents, thus preventing the emergence of areas without access to the 5G network and counteracting the marginalization of less developed economic, institutional and infrastructural regions.

Coordinator: J. Mongay Batalla

FLEXNET

Fuse

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FLEXNET, a Celtic-Plus project planned for the years 2018-2020, aims at developing “a new paradigm of flexible network communications to foster the IoT value creation. … The Flexible IoT Network transforms the current static, manually adapted communications, to a fully flexible, automatically programmable communications network, which is adjusted, in real time, to the specific needs of each IoT use case. This real-time adaptation is the key factor for IoT value creation. … This new network paradigm is fully aligned with the efforts currently ongoing in the definition of 5G.” Within FLEXNET, we are developing the Networked Application Emulation System (NAPES), which makes it possible to easily create and execute stress-testing applications that emulate actual IoT applications in terms of network traffic. An emulating application, just like a real (emulated) one, is a collection of communicating components running on IoT nodes and in the cloud. However, these components do not access real sensors, nor do they implement the application logic; instead, they just communicate among themselves in the way that closely resembles traffic typical for the real application.

Coordinator: A. Bąk

In the last years, several worrying tendencies (from the security point of view) have appeared while building Smart Homes: (1) the multiple connectivity to the Internet caused by emerging cloud-based functionalities (data analysis, storage and even management), which increase the potential attacks, (2) the responsibility of the end users in regards to configuration of devices and implementation of services, even if the users are not experts in software deployment, which causes security holes and instability in the Smart Home environment, and (3) an increase of simplicity and heterogeneity of devices, which makes the execution of complex security mechanisms much more difficult. Full-managed secure gateway for Home Automation Systems (FUSE) project faces these threats by proposing an innovative approach to Home Automation Systems (HAS) development based on the construction of a middleware layer that will increase the interconnectivity and universalization of things, data and services, while providing a high protection of the users (privacy, security) managed by the Network operator.

Coordinator: J. Mongay Batalla

WirelessOptimization

FlowThinning

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Granted by Poland’s National Science Center for the years 2018-2021 within the OPUS programme, this research activity considers the problem of optimising packet routing and transmission scheduling in wireless networks. The particular focus is on multi-hop wireless networks with broadcast transmission that serve multicast packet streams, important examples of which are wireless mesh networks (for example providing affordable Internet access for local communities) and wireless sensor networks (for instance providing connectivity for IoT applications). The goal is to develop a rigorous, yet algorithmically effective, comprehensive theoretical framework for multi-hop multicast packet transfer optimization, which will also enable fast (as compared to simulation) and reliable traffic performance analysis. The project will analyse traffic handling benefits that result from applying multicast instead of unicast transfer protocols for multicast applications, and, in consequence, identify applications which would substantially benefit from introducing multicast transfer.

Coordinator: M. Pióro

An ongoing research project of the OPUS programme financed by the Poland’s National Science Centre is planned for the years 2016-2019. It deals with Logical Tunnel Capacity Control – a novel mechanism of traffic routing and protection applicable to packet networks with varying link capacity, in particular, wireless mesh networks composed of fixed routers and gateways interconnected with radio, microwave, or free space optical links. Assuming that each traffic stream is assigned a set of tunnels between the source and destination node, the mechanism consists in controlling tunnel capacity and load balancing at the source node by thinning the tunnels in response to link capacities fluctuations, according to some specific formula. The goal of the project is to elaborate theoretical foundations of the mechanism – define mathematical programming models for link capacity and tunnel capacity optimization problems together with efficient resolution algorithms – and a functional model of mechanism implementation in IP/MPLS networks. The proof of concept will be provided with a simulation model of a wireless network with the proposed mechanism.

Coordinator: M. Pióro

microMole

Goldfish

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An ongoing application project of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, planned for the years 2015-2018. The aim is to design, develop and test a prototype of a solution for lawful retrieving, monitoring and recording the operations of hidden drug laboratories in urban areas. The waste resulting from drug production will be tracked by means of high-specificity electro-chemical sensors. The sensors will be installed inside sewage pipes by miniaturized robots. And they will be connected to a secure wireless network that will be used for data collection and sensor and robot monitoring. The project is carried out by a group of European universities and high technology SMEs together with the German and Polish police.

Coordinator: F. Solano Donado

The project, conducted in the years 2012-2015, aimed at designing, developing, testing and piloting an affordable, technologically efficient, and easy to deploy and operate system that enables localization of pollution in rivers. The core elements of the developed solution are the sensors cluster, the communications gateway, and the network management and data processing station. The sensors cluster is composed of a set of chemical sensors, a data collection unit, and an antenna, assembled in one waterproof structure. It is supposed to be located under water in a watercourse, so the chemical sensors can perform measurements that are then transmitted to the gateways and further on, via satellite communication links, to the data processing station. The station processes the received data in order to immediately detect conditions that indicate the presence of water-contaminating substances. The project consortium encompassed three universities and two SMEs, for research and technological (hardware and software) know-how and manufacturing of equipment such as chemical sensors, radio transceivers, antennas, etc. The developed system was tested in Europe and Latin America.

Coordinator: F. Solano Donado

IDEALIST

SmartSantander

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A large research and development Integrated Project of the EU’s FP7 programme with a budget of over 20 million Euro. It was executed in the years 2012-2015 by over 20 partners, among them major European network operators – British Telecom, Telefonica, Deutche Telekom. The intent of the project consortium was to develop and test the technology of next-generation optical transport networks, based on the flexible grid of optical frequencies. To implement the concept of Elastic Optical Networks it was required, in particular, to develop new-generation optical components, new types of equipment (like Sliceable Bandwidth Variable Transceivers), and next generation management and control plane platforms and algorithms. Together with a group of partners, we worked on the development of mathematical optimisation models and algorithms of network design and node configuration, and, specifically, on the optimisation methods of solving one of the basic network configuration management problems of lightpaths routing and optical spectrum assignment.

Coordinator: M. Pióro

Executed in the years 2012-2013, it was one of the premier FP7-funded IoT projects, with an emphasis on the smart city and smart building. Our participation was secured by a successful proposal within the extremely competitive SmartSantander 1st Open Call for Experiments. Together with our Greek partner CERETETH, we set out to introduce and experimentally validate an innovative mode of interaction between a smart home or office and its users. The interaction, dubbed “soft actuation”, amounts to context-aware, non-intrusive hinting at simple manual operations on nearby objects (say, turning down the thermostat when you open a window in freezing weather). For an in-the-wild experiment, we deployed our soft actuating software and hardware in an academic office building, on top of the SmartCampus IoT testbed at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK). Hints were delivered with a low-profile LED panel. Users were exposed to soft actuation for about five weeks. We were pleased to see their positive reception of the proposed mode of interaction.

Coordinator: J. Domaszewicz

FiNOS

TrafficUncertainty

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We developed Fiber Network Optimisation System in the years 2011-2012 for Orange Poland. The system optimises the configuration of FTTH fibre access networks and is used for strategic planning of cost-optimal FTTH deployments. The challenge we faced was to use a realistic model of network equipment and network configuration constraints, while still being able to provide near-optimal solutions for large-scale networks. We decided to decompose the problem into the problems of optimising the location of customer aggregation nodes, the network structure (location of optical nodes, fibre concentration points and cable routes), and the configuration of equipment – signal splitters, optical devices, and optical fibres. We implemented the system using the AMPL/CPLEX mathematical programing environment and the SQL Server data management platform. FiNOS was successfully validated by designing, in tight cooperation with and with strong involvement of Orange Poland, a metropolitan FTTH network for 600,000 customers of the Warsaw area.

Coordinator: A. Tomaszewski

In the years 2009-2012 we worked on the notion of traffic demand uncertainty in transport network design. This was a highly theoretical research project, which we carried out together with Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin, a renowned German non-university research institute. We have already cooperated with ZIB, which is a leading institute in mathematical optimization, a number of times on research projects devoted to network optimisation methods. In that particular project we tried to capture and model the differences between short term-traffic variations, long-term traffic evolution and traffic uncertainty, and to develop appropriate network optimisation models and methods, exploiting the techniques of robust and stochastic optimisation, and using multi-state and polyhedral traffic models.

Coordinator: A. Tomaszewski

MANGO

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Management Platform for Next Generation Optical Networks was an EU CELTIC programme’s project, carried out in the years 2008-2010. The goal was to develop and test a prototype of the management system (both hardware and software) that automates and integrates configuration, fault and performance management functions of DWDM optical networks. The members of project consortium were universities (WUT and KTH from Stockholm), network management software vendors (Comarch), optical systems and measurement equipment manufacturers (Proximion and Acreo), and both established (Telia Sonera) and agile network operators; all institutions are from Poland and Sweden. CNSD developed optimisation algorithms for optical path engineering, i.e., optimal routing of connections with the account of optical signal impairments. And we were also responsible for implementing prototype software of the Path Computation Element network server, which on request and in real-time computes most suitable routes and resources for a set of optical connections.

Coordinator: M. Pióro