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VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks

Objective

VITAL is an ambitious proposal addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks. Enabling NFV into SatCom domain will provide operators with appropriate tools and interfaces in order to establish end-to-end fully operable virtualised satellite networks to be offered to third-party operators/service providers. Enabling SDN-based, federated resource management paves way for a unified control plane that would allow operators to efficiently manage and optimise the operation of the hybrid network. While innovations pursued by VITAL are transversal, the project will primarily focus on three key application scenarios: Satellite Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) services, Satellite backhauling and hybrid telecom service delivery.
The solutions developed in VITAL will bring, through flexible integration of satellite and terrestrial segments, improved coverage, optimised communication resources use and better network resilience, along with improved innovation capacity and business agility for deploying communications services over combined networks. VITAL will address the development of a hybrid architectural framework, the required mechanisms to enable virtualization of SatCom network components, including performance optimisation and implementation of a number of virtualised functions, and the design of an SDN-enabled, federated resources management framework, embedding strategies and algorithmic solutions to provide end-to-end communication services.
Proof of Concept validation of VITAL solutions and enabling technologies through a combination of real prototypes and emulators are also envisaged. The project aims to impact standardization initiatives and will contribute to open platform initiatives for SDN/NFV deployments.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 483 250

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 403 875
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNOLABS srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 325 000
Address
Via Crescenzio 2
00193 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 335 625
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
ORGANISMOS TILEPIKOINONION TIS ELLADOS OTE AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 201 250
Address
Kifisias 99
15124 Maroussi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 275 885
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
SYNAPTEC
France
EU contribution
€ 241 000
Address
16 Domaine De Jeandey
33360 Latresne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELLAS SAT ANONYMH ETAIREIA YPIRESIES DORYFORIKON SYSTIMATON KAI EPIKOINONION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 147 495
Address
Leoforos Kifisias 99
15124 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKINOPS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 483 475
Address
13 Avenue Morane Saulnier Le Chavez
78140 Velizy-villacoublay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)