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What to do With the Wi-Fi Wild West

Objective

The last few years have witnessed a significant increase in the use of portable devices, especially smartphones and tablets thanks to their functionality, user-friendly interface, and affordable price. Most of these devices use Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) where possible, in addition to 3G/4G, to connect to the Internet due to its speed, maturity and efficiency.

Given this demand, Wi-Fi is facing mounting issues of spectrum efficiency due to its utilisation of non-licensed frequency bands, so improvements continue to be added to standards in order to improve performance and adapt it to new demands. For example, as Wi-Fi saturation increases in areas, such as business centres, malls, campuses or even whole European cities, interference between these competing APs can begin to negatively impact users’ experience. At the same time, real-time interactive services have grown in popularity and are now used across a range of mobile devices. These share the same connection with “traditional” applications, such as e-mail and Web browsing, but are far more bandwidth intensive and require consistent network capacity to meet user Quality of Experience demands.

In this context, Wi-5 Project (What to do With the Wi-Fi Wild West) proposes an architecture based on an integrated and coordinated set of smart solutions able to efficiently reduce interference between neighbouring APs and provide optimised connectivity for new and emerging services. Cooperating mechanisms will be integrated into Wi-Fi equipment at different layers of the protocol stack with the aim of meeting a demanding set of goals:

• Support seamless hand-over to improve user experience with real-time interactive services
• Develop new business models to optimise available Wi-Fi spectrum in urban areas, public spaces, and offices
• Integrate novel smart functionalities into APs to address radio spectrum congestion and current usage inefficiency, thus increasing global throughput and achieving energy savings

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Coordinator

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
Address
Rodney Street 2 Egerton Court
L3 5UX Liverpool
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 778 640,36

Participants (5)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 495 958,75
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 298 473,75
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 003,58
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRTIES KABLOSUZ ILETISIM SANAYI VEDIS TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 314 997,50
Address
Gulbahar Mah Avnidilligil Sok 5 5A 7A 7B 9A 11A 11B Mecidiyekoy
34394 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRIMETEL PLC
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 110 871,81
Address
Omonoias 141, Maritime Centre
3045 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)