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Indoor radio network PLANning and optimisation

Objective

It is estimated that 2/3 of the calls (voice services) and 90% of data services (e.g. Internet access) using wireless technologies take place indoors. How to plan and design good indoor radio networks has become a paramount issue. However, the vast majority of the work on Radio Access Network (RAN) Planning and Optimisation (P&O) has been done for outdoor rather than indoor. As a result, there lack good indoor RAN P&O tools.

In this project, indoor radio network P&O methods and tools will be developed. The tools will provide some 20-30% performance improvements, reduce power usage and radio wave pollutions (thus reduce the health concerns) of indoor radio systems, and improve information security (due to the reduction of signal leakage).

The objectives of the project are as follows:
1. Research and develop fast and accurate radio propagation models that can be used for indoor radio network planning and optimisation.
2. Investigate various issues arising from the use of femtocells, for example, the study of interference between femtocells, between femto and outdoor macrocells.
3. Investigate how to effectively reduce power usage and radio wave pollutions in indoor environment.
4. Develop an automatic indoor radio network planning and optimisation tool suite that will fill the gap in the indoor RAN P&O market.

Achievement of these objectives will lead to fast and accurate indoor radio propagation models and advanced indoor radio network P&O tools that can be used to plan and optimise WiFi, UMTS/HSPA/LTE, WiMAX for indoor coverage.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 462 100
Administrative Contact
Françoise Martin (Ms.)

Participants (3)

RANPLAN WIRELESS NETWORK DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 105 834
Address
Upper Pendrill Court Ermine Street North Papworth Everard
CB23 3UY Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joyce Wu (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 447 965
Address
University Square
LU1 3JU Luton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angus Duncan (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 190
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)