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Resource AuctiOning Engine for the Mobile Digital MArket

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ROMA (Resource AuctiOning Engine for the Mobile Digital MArket)

Reporting period: 2017-06-01 to 2018-11-30

The ROMA project builds on the theories of strategic interactions developed in the FET CONGAS project and performs the engineering of a new technology for billing and pricing of mobile network infrastructures under competitive sharing of storage, computation power and services. The project will apply such concepts to a specific pilot. The pilot is a fog computing platform engineered on cloud technology; such platform is developed at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK). ROMA has realised modules for the application of advanced network economic concepts to the Fog domain: the modules will permit to a fog operator to lease the infrastructure to customers for carrier grade premium services. It provides the implementation of the algorithms for pricing and billing and performs in parallel the assessment for the potential market penetration. Such kind of technology has great potential to trigger new offers in the digital economy, nurturing a rich ecosystem serving the upcoming mobile digital market. ROMA's technology is potentially appealing for several future intermediate actors who can become customers of fog operators, including mobile data brokers, mobile application developers, advertisers, etc. In order to ensure maximum visibility, ROMA has delivered also pitches and presentations to industrial venues and fairs in order to promote its new technology.
During the activities of the project, a major effort has been devoted to the implementation of the prototype: Task 1, “ROMA Implementation” has been carried out continuously during the execution of the ROMA project. Within this task, we have executed the implementation of the ROMA components for the FogAtlas platform, which represent the asset produced in ROMA. The implementation is suitable for a general distributed fog infrastructure, towards the support of a true Fog scheduling and pricing platform with 0-touch characteristics. At the beginning of the ROMA project we have explored the whole technological context and the relevant implementation work to be pursued first. We hence ruled out some of the scenarios initially proposed and re-focused on the actual Fog computing scenario. MEC type of applications can still be supported but they are left as possible extension of the platform for future developments. We hence have been providing the design of a reference architecture. During the whole development phase, which has been finalized in two steps, namely M9 and M18, we have applied an agile development technique to improve the pricing and the scheduling functionalities. All the relevant features of the ROMA prototype have been delivered at the end of the project activities by integrating them inside the FogAtlas platform. The platform is currently an asset for innovation and technology transfer available at FBK. We have been providing a thorough description with the fog prototype at large in the deliverable released at M9, “Pricing and billing pilot setup: intermediate” and in the final version of the deliverable released at M18, “Pricing and billing pilot setup: final”. Between the two releases, new solutions have been released both in terms of implementation technology adopted and in pricing and scheduling logic. During the activities of Task 2, Market Positioning, IPRs and Business Scouting of the ROMA project, we have highlighted the outcomes towards exploitation and dissemination of the results of the platform assets which have been presented in deliverable D1. We have analysed the market positioning which has driven the development activities, with several showcasing events of the platform with stakeholders, We have also undertaken several follow-up activities at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in order to exploit the platform on the market.
The novelty of the ROMA concept is the combination of new billing and pricing to the mobile environment for the digital market. In the context of the new 5G market, data, data services, mobile applications and infrastructures can be supported on the fog/edge network. In our implementation we have considered the 5G operator perspective, we have included in our analysis the potential for new mediator actors (e.g. small cell providers, mobile advertisers, data brokers).
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