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RAWFIE Report Summary

Project ID: 645220
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RAWFIE (Road-, Air- and Water-based Future Internet Experimentation)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

During the first six months of the project the following work packages (WPs) were in progress:
• WP1: Project Management
• WP2: Federation Policy and Sustainability Plan
• WP3: Requirements Analysis
• WP5: Implementation and Prototype Development
• WP7: Training, Dissemination, Liaison

Most of the effort has been driven towards the early design and the architecture of RAWFIE federation. The members of the consortium discussed and converged to the first version of the requirements of RAWFIE and the architecture. In addition several actions were taken in order to disseminate RAWFIE, like being part of FIRE consortium.

During the last 6 months of 2015, the RAWFIE consortium was focused on the finalization of the design and the development of tools and services. The two plenary meetings facilitated discussions and decisions about the architecture and the development timeplan of the project. A data model and messages schemas were defined to illustrate the interaction with the cooperating components. Technical information was presented from manufacturers. Weekly tele-conferences were held from June onwards, aiming at constant interaction between the technical partners and the provision of a precise overview of the design and the development of platform and tools to the coordinator. During this period the following work packages (WPs) were in progress:

• WP1: Project Management
• WP2: Federation Policy and Sustainability Plan
• WP3: Requirements Analysis
• WP4: Platform Design
• WP5: Implementation and Prototype Development
• WP7: Training, Dissemination, Liaison
• WP8: Open Calls

The ICT 2015 event played an important role in order to create a pilot demonstration of the tools in the first 10 months of the project lifetime. Through the use of modern robotic systems and applications, visitors to the booth had the opportunity to familiarize themselves and experiment with the key technologies of RAWFIE. At the same time, they became partakers of the basic idea of the work, which is the automated, remote operation of a large number of robotic devices (UGVs, UAVs, USVs) in order to assess the performance of various technologies in the fields of networks, detection and portability / autonomy applications

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work performed is presented below as action items:
1. WPs started: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
2. Meetings held: Kick-off (22-23/01-2015 Athens Greece), 2nd Plenary (23-24/06-2015, Thessaloniki, Greece), 3rd Plenarry (26/27-11- 2015, Dresden Germany)
3. WP specific work:
3.1 WP1: project management & housekeeping, produced first version of risk analysis deliverable, launched first open call
3.2 WP2: produced integration & testing roadmap
3.3 WP3: produced requirement analysis & RAWFIE data model
3.4 WP4: produced RAWFIE design documents (architecture, tools & communication)
3.5 WP5: started work on implementing first services ( login, define or launch an experiment, validate the experiment, store the experiment, visualize, gather sensor measurements, perform outlier detection, store derived data in the repository
3.7 WP7: produced data management plan, participation in multipled dissemination, liaison events (ICT 2015, FIRE events, national, EC events)
3.8 WP8: first open call launched 14 Dec. 2015

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

RAWFIE pursues the development of a Strategic Experimental Infrastructure for mobile IoT that mitigates the fragmentation of high-end experimentation platforms seen in other advanced countries/economies. In RAWFIE many different experimentation platforms are federated and treated uniformly by the interested experimenter. RAWFIE supports the entire lifecycle of complex experiments with fully detailed, controllable and replicable conditions. The project supports open standards for the specification of experiments and delivers an extensive suite of tools (still on the open source domain) for experiment execution, visualization and analysis of pertinent information. RAWFIE integrates fully with the cloud and networking facilities that contemporary NRNs (National Research Networks) provide. Cloud support coupled with high speed networking capabilities allow for the launching /execution of the experiment from, practically, everywhere in the globe. Owning to RAWFIE, the Experimentation-as-a-Service (EaaS) pattern can be validated and further promoted. The federation ridges an important gap from research to actual commercial launch for commercial players of varying sizes that cannot afford to maintain experimentation facilities of the technology and complexity level that RAWFIE integrates. RAWFIE features a reusable architecture that facilitates testing of hardware, protocols, algorithms, middleware and application software. Over-The-Air (OTA) reprogramming of mobile devices renders the overall platform far more attractive for experimenters as their relevant costs can be drastically reduced. It presents a highly realistic testing environment which can be relocated for large experiments to meet highly demanding requirements of interested actors. Thus, experiments need not be confined spatially (in the designated testing facilities) but may be ported to other environments to better emulate real-life conditions.

The project is in the initial phase of planning, design and implementation. The expected potential impact is huge, considering the explosive growth of the UxV market and the possible applications attached to standalone or swarm vehicles. The planned ability to explore distributed mobile data gathering, smart interaction with buildings, cars, facilities and any other networked device without actually possessing any unmanned device has the potential to embrace players that would not have the ability to participate in such activities.

The interest already expressed by potential experimenters in the RAWFIE Open Calls clearly shows that the platform is very well accepted by the respective community of manufacturers (drones, wireless networking, domain specific solution providers, etc.)

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