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Generic open link-layer API for unified Media Access

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 511567

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 014 391

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 051

Coordinated by:

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

Objective

The GOLLUM project aims at studying and creating key parts of an embedded, open, operating system independent link-layer API to unify the various methods for accessing different wired and especially wireless links. The aim is to remedy the current, very difficult situation where a separate programming interface exists for almost every wireless technology. The existence of such an API and corresponding middleware would greatly improve interoperability between various technologies. It would enable better portability of applications between devices using different, usually wireless, communication interfaces. The GOLLUM API is aimed to simplify the wireless access programming as seen by programmers, and same time providing more flexibility and new features for innovative application.

This would potentially enable operators and software vendors to provide new kinds of services and greatly enhance the user experience. Applications could properly adapt to changes in the network connection, allowing for smart applications to be developed. An API of this type is also a building block for middleware and embedded systems for intelligent, networked devices. The project will provide not an openly available API specification, but also is doing practical, partial prototype implementations on various commercially viable technologies and different operating systems.

Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Address

Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

Germany

Participants (6)

EUROPAISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH

Germany

MATERNA GMBH INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS

Germany

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.

Italy

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

TOSHIBA RESEARCH EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 511567

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 014 391

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 051

Coordinated by:

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany