Technical Objectives

To achieve its strategic goals, the technical objectives over the full lifetime of the project have been defined as follows:

To define and validate complete and coherent solutions for ambient networking, based on a range of different scenarios and business cases, including:

  • an architecture, which enables the easy and dynamic composition of disparate networks amid an ever-increasing heterogeneity of technologies and provider structures,
  • the definition of a set of adaptive and self-configuring mobile network components, which will reduce planning, deployment, configuration and network maintenance costs,
  • a comprehensive, integrated security framework, preserving end-to-end network protection and robustness against attacks.

To ensure that the Ambient Networks solution sets new standards for future context-aware, multi-domain mobile networks by addressing the following key issues:

  • new algorithms for efficient management of radio resources across different radio technologies and multiple domains to provide efficient and low-cost access, irrespective of administrative boundaries,
  • design of an innovative link layer solution for easy adaptation and incorporation of existing and new radio interfaces,
  • a protocol suite for network composition ensuring connectivity, resource management, security, manageability, conflict resolution, and content handling,
  • support for dynamic agreements that provide any subscriber with access to any network in any place including an end-to-end QoS concept,
  • advanced multi-domain mobility management for users and user groups over a multitude of heterogeneous, wireless access networks, including new forms of wireless access networks such as personal area networks or vehicular networks,
  • efficient support for multimedia delivery by developing cross-domain media flow routing and transport functionalities, balancing QoS by considering different access technologies, networks, end-device capabilities, and the QoS requirements of different media flows,
  • context-aware networks to improve efficiency and enable new applications,
  • common, scalable and secure interfaces between network domains,
  • innovative self-management not only for new network nodes but also complete newly composed networks.

To ensure the commercial viability by identifying business roles and interfaces as well as deployment concepts and to consider business scenarios that allow different size and types of players to compete and cooperate and hence enable new business models based on established trust relationships.

To validate the various technical solutions developed by proof of concept activities in all areas within the project.

Review and assessment of the progress towards these objectives will be done as part of Technical Management thoughout the whole project.


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Technical Objectives

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  Mobility Management
  Context, Policy & Network Management
  Conectivity & Dynamic Internetworking
  Service-Aware Adaptive Transport Overlays
  Composition, Compensation & Charging Support
  Integration & Verification
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