Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to design, develop and validate the concept of applying opportunistic networks and respective cognitive management systems for efficient application/ service/ content provisioning in the Future Internet. In order to achieve this main objective, the project will conduct work addressing the various technical challenges, which closely relate to the detailed objectives of the project:

  • To elaborate on business and application provision scenarios, to derive requirements and technical challenges that should be addressed by the OneFIT system, and to provide validation criteria (in terms of higher resource utilization, "green" footprint, and lower costs) that will drive the adoption of opportunistic networks and respective cognitive management systems in the Future Internet era.

  • To design the functional and system architecture that will address the requirements and the technical challenges. The functional architecture will be derived by identifying the required functionality for addressing the requirements, and by attributing the identified functionality to the CMON (Cognitive Management system for the Opportunistic Network) and CSCI (Cognitive management System for the Coordination of the Infrastructure) entities. The system architecture will be derived by finding the best deployment of the CMON and CSCI functionality to the nodes of the opportunistic network and to the elements of the infrastructure. The consortium will evolve its legacy, which comprises the E3 system architecture [1], [2], [3] as well as those defined and partially standardized in the ETSI TC RRS [4] and IEEE SCC41 WG P1900.4 [5].

  • To develop the appropriate "Control Channels for the Cooperation of the Cognitive. Management Systems" (C4MS). This involves the definition of information, signalling flows and protocols for supporting the cooperation between the CMONs, and the CMONs and CSCIs, in the realization of the management tasks: suitability determination, creation, maintenance, and handling of forced terminations. The control channels will be enablers for exchanging information and knowledge on the context encountered, the profiles of users/ applications/ devices/ elements, the policies that should be applied, and the decisions reached. The basis will be the CPC and CCR concepts, which will be integrated and evolved.

  • To develop the appropriate algorithms for enabling the opportunistic networks. This means the realization of the CMON and CSCI functionality, in order to support the management tasks of suitability determination, creation, maintenance, and handling of forced terminations.

  • To realize the necessary validation activities for providing evidence on the efficiency of opportunistic networks and cognitive management systems for application provision in the Future Internet era. Validation work will consist of experiments that involve social-networking and prosumer applications/ services/ micro-services, the cognitive management systems and their control channels, and hardware testbeds.

  • To realize standardization activities. Standardization activities will be related to the system architecture and the interfaces. Primary standardization bodies that will be targeted are ETSI (TC RRS group), IEEE SCC 41 (P1900.4, P1900.6). The consortium will also orient work towards new relevant bodies that may emerge during the project's lifetime.

  • To contribute to regulation activities. The creation and maintenance of opportunistic networks is determined by regulatory aspects and may have regulatory implications. Targets will be European regulation authorities (i.e., one of which is a consortium member) but also wider initiatives and events of the ECO (European Communications Office) and other international bodies (e.g. ITU) to which many of the OneFIT members have good relations. Work and outcomes will be used to inform the regulation authorities about the technological options and aim to lead to the rules for a more dynamic and flexible allocation of spectrum resources, as well as to corresponding rules towards certification and licensing of (opportunistically behaving) equipment.



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[1] End-to-End-Efficiency (E3) project Website, https://www.ict-e3.eu/
[2] E3 project, Deliverable D2.3, "Architecture, Information Model and Reference Points, Assssment Framework, Platform Independent Programmable Interfeces", September 2009.
[3] G.Dimitrakopoulos, P.Demestichas, A.Saatsakis, K.Tsagkaris, A.Galani, J.Gebert, K.Nolte, "Functional architecture for the management and control of reconfigurable radio systems", Vehicular Technology Magazine, IEEE, vol.4, no.1, March 2009
[4] ETSI, TC RRS, "Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS); Functional Architecture (FA) for the Management and the Control of Reconfigurable Radio Systems", Technical Report 102 682 v1.1.1, July 2009
[5] IEEE, "IEEE Standard for Architectural Building Blocks Enabling Network-Device Distributed Decision Making for Optimized Radio Resource Usage in Heterogeneous Wireless Access Networks", January 2009

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