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Smart user-centriC cOmmUnication environmenT

Objective

Software Radio is seen as the key enabler for providing more freedom and flexibility for services to the user. Due to UMTS licensing a strong push is needed to realise the potential for users and to promote wireless access technologies ranging from GSM, UMTS, WLAN up to DVB. The expected growth in traffic volume will lead to large increase of applications and their handling in different environments is one of the keys for a long-term success in mobile radio business. The management of reconfigurable terminals for all layers and their regulatory constraints will extend current radio access and core network architectures. IP networks supporting reconfigurable terminals are needed to provide the path for mass applications. SCOUT combines the joint effort of operators, manufacturers, universities and one regulator and advances their State of the Art to enable them to retain their leadership.

OBJECTIVES
1. Overall aim - To provide and validate concepts for networks supporting reconfigurable terminals and concepts for terminal reconfiguration that are intelligently managed when used by mobile users for wireless access technologies. This will take into account the relationship between customers, operators and regulators. Dissemination to standardisation and regulations.2. Goals: To extend the All-IP mobile networks for supporting terminal reconfigurability by researching the system concepts in the network and technologies required to support users. This includes: Reconfigurability of all layers; Quality of Service for reconfigurable systems; Spectrum issues - to investigate the spectrum and air interface management for reconfigurable systems; Key technologies for reconfigurable radio architectures.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The SCOUT project is structured into 5 workpackages, where 3 of them work technically (WP2, WP3 and WP4). WP1 is the project management and WP5 organises the dissemination activities. WP2 (Vision on Reconfigurability for User, Operator and Regulator): The introduction of reconfigurable terminals will increase the flexibility of the development and applications of adaptive user profiles. The following objectives are defined to tackle this challenge: To develop and validate algorithmic and theoretical framework for adaptive user profiles based on the user, operator and regulator requirements; to investigate user interactions on user profile and eventually on the behaviour of the reconfigurable terminal; to refine user, operator and regulator requirements in cellular and ad-hoc networks; to investigate new business models with reconfigurable equipment. WP3(Terminal Reconfiguration Management): Terminal-centric procedures interacting with the network must take into account: The interface between wireless middleware services as broker- or trading service to support P2P applications and reconfiguration; to develop spontaneous interworking between software modules needed for reconfiguration; to define procedures for managing the downloaded software on reconfigurable terminals; to define and demonstrate flexible transceiver front-end for reconfigurable terminals. WP4 (Architectures and Radio Resource Management in All-IP Networks Supporting Reconfigurable Terminals): Reconfigurable terminals and their local procedures must be supported by new network architectures and functions. Reconfiguration concepts will be validated by hardware and software validators addressing critical points as latency and signalling overhead for reconfigution.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
Germany

Participants (16)

3G. COM TECHNOLOGIES (ISRAEL) LTD.
Israel
Address
Kiryat Nordau New Industrial Park
42160 Netanya
CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
Address
Rue Jaquet-droz 1
2007 Neuchatel
DOCOMO COMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH
Germany
Address
Landsbergerstrasse 312
80687 Muenchen
FRANCE TELECOM
France
Address
6 Place D'alleray
75505 Paris 15
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
MOTOROLA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Jays Close, Viables Industrial Estate
RG22 4PD Basingstoke Hants
MOTOROLA SAS
France
Address
Parc Des Algorithmes Saint Aubin
91193 Gif Sur Yvette
PANASONIC R&D CENTER GERMANY GMBH
Germany
Address
Monzastrasse 4C
63225 Langen
REGULIERUNGSBEHOERDE FUER TELEKOMMUNIKATION UND POST
Germany
Address
Canisiusstr. 21
55122 Mainz
SIEMENS MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Viale Pirelli Piero E Alberto 10
20126 Milano
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid
TOSHIBA RESEARCH EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road
CB4 0WE Cambridge
TTI NORTE, S.L.
Spain
Address
Cl General Castaneda 5
39300 Torrelavaga
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH, HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton