Intracom Telecom focuses its research and innovation activities in the following dimensions:
The following paragraphs give an overview of ongoing and recently finished projects in these domains.
The objective of SPEED-5G is to research and develop technologies that address the well-known challenges of predicted growth in mobile connections and traffic volume. A major challenge is the cost of meeting the objective, in terms of both infrastructure and deployment. Today, lack of dynamic control across wireless network resources is leading to unbalanced spectrum loads and a perceived capacity bottleneck. These will be solved by SPEED-5G through eDSA (extended DSA), which is resource management with three degrees of freedom: densification, rationalized traffic allocation over heterogeneous wireless technologies, and better load balancing across available spectrum. The project will focus on two major innovations currently missing: resource management techniques across technology 'silos', and medium access technologies to address densification in mostly unplanned environments. It will leverage flexible radio approaches expected in 5G (e.g. FBMC).
CHARISMA focuses on two key requirements for future mobile/wireless networks: high security and low latency. To realize its goals, CHARISMA will work on the concepts of end-to-end cross-layer security, physical layer low-latency distributed security (PLS) and decentralized offload near the end-users. Further, based on exploitation of 10G-wireless (via mm-wave/60-GHz & free-space optics) access and 100G fixed optical (OFDM-PON) solutions, the project will work on increasing network performance in-line with 5G targets, i.e. 1000-fold higher data volume for 10-100 times the number of mobile connected devices, and reducing latency across back- and front-haul and end-user (ad-hoc) D2D mesh networking.
SDN and NFV have been originally proposed as architectures for the efficient management of clouds and have recently found their way into the networks of ISPs as well. It is not clear however, how SDN and NFV affect the QoS of networks in general and of industrial networks (manufacturing, oil & gas, building & construction, etc.) in particular. VirtuWind aims at introducing SDN and NFV into such networks so that deterministic (or almost-deterministic) performance is achieved for monitoring and control applications that span multiple network domains. A prototype system will be implemented and will be tested in a real wind park, as a representative example of industrial networks. Intracom Telecom leads the design and development of the inter-domain system.
The current IoT ecosystem is consist of a series of vertical solutions which integrate connected objects within local environments using purpose-specific implementations and proprietary Cloud-based software. symbIoTe comes to remedy this fragmented environment by providing an abstraction layer for a "unified view" on various platforms and their resources so that platform resources are transparent to application designers and developers. In addition, symbIoTe chooses a challenging task to implement IoT platform federations so that they can securely interoperate, collaborate and share resources for the mutual benefit, and what is more, support the migration of smart objects between various IoT domains and platforms, i.e., "smart object roaming". Intracom Telecom is the coordinator of the project and is responsible for the integration of the Open Source mediation prototype, also contributing to the architectgural design and the implementation of Cloud-based components.
The project SmarterEMC2 implements ICT tools that support Customer Side Participation and RES integration, and facilitate open access in the electricity market. These tools take into account the SGAM as well the future structure of the Distribution Network as described by the relevant EU bodies and organizations. The project supports standardization activity by proposing adaptation to data models of market-oriented standards (e.g. IEC 62325-351) and field level standards (e.g. IEC 61850). Intracom Telecom is the coordinator of this project, and is responsible for the implementation of the ICT infrastructure related to a Demand Response service.
Intracom Telecom coordinates PEISMON a project partially funded by the Greek General Secretariat for Research & Technology, dedicated to research and development of technologies that facilitate greenhouses' environmental and pesticides monitoring. Apart from coordinating the project, the company is also responsible for the development of an Electronic Cultivation Record as well as for the deployment and management of a WSN that supports environmental monitoring within the greenhouse field.
MOMIRAS, the coordinator of which is Intracom Telecom explores earlier experiences in cultural heritage area and aims at developing an innovative SDK platform that copes with an emergent mobile application domain, i.e. mixed reality, targeting to the delivery of new services and AR-enabled features that fully exploit the range data stemming from the next generation of mobile 3D sensors.
The AF3 project implements ICT solutions that increase the efficiency of fire-fighting operations, with the aim to save human lives and reduce damages to the environment. The focus of AF3 is on novel active countermeasure for accurately dispersing extinguishing materials from both air and ground capable to operate in every condition, fast build-up of passive semi-permanent barriers and Public information channels. Intracom Telecom provides a sub-system allowing time-dependent localization of population, real-time PHR-based health monitoring of responders/victims, investigation of interoperability of medical services and communications in the context of crisis management, on-site health monitoring and decision support based on on-site medical situation assessment.
This project aimed to close the gap between the asymmetric access provision of xDSL technologies, widely deployed in Greece at the moment, and the symmetric FTTH access networks of the future. The project developed a passive-optical-network based architecture to implement the fiber-to-the-curb network, and an optical/xDSL module to interface the optical with the end-user access network. The network architecture is asymmetric, and therefore xDSL compatible, utilizing multiple 10 Gbps wavelengths to transport the downstream traffic and a single 10 Gbps wavelength to transport upstream traffic. Actual in-the-field tests demonstrated reliable delivery of triple-play services to end users in an unprecedented XG-PON-based FTTC/B architecture within Greece. Intracom Telecom developed the VDSL2 DSLAM and 10Gbps Ethernet traffic aggregation subsystems.
The project aimed at providing a ubiquitous wireless solution to reach bit rates higher than 100Mbps with peak throughputs higher than 1Gbps, based on Reconfigurable OFDMA Cooperative Networks enabled by agile spectrum use. It focused at devising methods for improved spectrum usage, advanced multi-user cooperative transmission and ultra-efficient MAC design.
SARDANA aimed at developing a 10G/10G optical access network based on WDM-PON. Scalability and robustness were major design goals. SARDANA won the 2011 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award. Intracom Telecom was responsible for the enhancement, configuration, deployment and demonstration of an IPTV platform (fs|cdn) and related services over the optical access network prototype.
ALMA aimed to bridge the hurdles of the traditional approach for mapping high performance embedded applications to multiprocessor SoCs through the introduction and exploitation of a Scilab-based toolchain which enabled the efficient mapping of applications on multiprocessor platforms from high level of abstraction. This holistic solution of the toolchain allowed the complexity of both the application and the architecture to be hidden, which led to a better acceptance, reduced development cost and shorter time-to-market.
The main objectives of the ENOSYS project were to shorten time to market and to reduce design costs in the development of new electronic products, by allowing designers to work at a high level of abstraction. ENOSYS introduced a seamless tool flow for embedded systems modelling and synthesis and addressed the integration and enhancement of existing tools to build a common extendable design environment. This was delivered through: (a) the development of novel approaches for embedded system specification on different abstraction layers; (b) the development of efficient techniques for the automatic exploration of the HW/SW design space; and (c) the automatic synthesis of efficient descriptions for both HW (synthesizable HDL) and embedded SW (C/C++) components of the targeted system from models based on the UML MARTE profile.
The END project targeted the development of innovative energy-aware design solutions and EDA technologies for next generations' nanoelectronics circuits and systems, and the related energy generation, conversion and management systems.
SATURN's goal was to bridge the current gap between modelling and verification/synthesis in UML based designs of Embedded Systems that are composed of HW and SW. To this end, the UML profile for MARTE was evaluated for its complementary application with SysML and significantly improved adding formal semantics of different Models of Computation for integrated modelling and verification environments.
MNEMEE addressed the challenge of mapping applications cost efficiently to any platform without significant optimization of the initial source code, by introducing an innovative supplementary source-to-source optimization design layer for data management between the state-of-the-art optimizations at the application functionality and the compiler design layer.
MOSART aimed to develop an efficient SW/HW design environment, encompassing a flexible, modular multicore on-chip platform (ASIPs - Application Specific Instruction Set Processors) and associated exploration methods and tools, to allow the scaling and optimisation of various applications in multimedia and wireless communications.
As ICN research is maturing, it is still unclear how ICN could be adopted for the production networks of ISPs. POINT aspires to propose a migration path from current IP networks to ICN networks. The main vehicle of POINT's proposal is a bidirectional gateway between IP and ICN networks. This gateway will allow existing application to continue functioning while new, pure ICN applications can be developed and deployed. A prototype system will be implemented and will be tested in a real ISP network. Intracom Telecom contributes to the development of the system prototype and leads the dissemination and exploitation of the project results.
The adoption of the Cloud Computing paradigm poses traffic management challenges to modern ISPs. Cloud generated traffic is travelling across network domains following application-based decisions, typically neglecting the underlying infrastructures, network resources and ISP's management policies. At the same time, we witness the growth of network traffic driven by social networks; such traffic patterns are characterized by unpredictability and burstiness. SmartenIT aims to address the aforementioned cross-layer challenges by introducing two approaches: the Operator Focused one, which addresses the inter-domain cooperation challenges for unified management of cloud-based traffic at the core network, and the End User Focused approach, which considers the QoE and energy-efficiency aspects of network management at the access network. Two prototypes have been implemented respectively, and they are currently tested and evaluated. Intracom Telecom oversees the realization of the prototypes and focuses on system architecture design, module development and prototype integration.
Given that content access is typically fragmented over many intermediaries (iTunes, BitTorrent, YouTube, IPTV providers, etc.), COMET aimed at helping users spend less time on how to access content, thus freeing up time for considering what content is right for them. COMET unified access to content by embracing ICN (decoupling content access from the content's location) and hiding intermediary details. The result was a global, distributed system for streamlined content publishing, content location-independent access, efficient distribution, and device-neutral consumption. COMET was one of the first European R&D projects on ICN. Intracom Telecom focused on the design, implementation, and integration of the COMET system prototype, but also in managing the dissemination, standardization and exploitation of the project's results.
ISPs have been struggling to handle the load from P2P systems, while P2P systems in turn are always striving for better performance. To solve this tussle, SmoothIT advocated a cooperative approach where ISPs and P2P systems exchange information in order to lower ISP costs and increase P2P performance, mirroring the efforts of the IETF ALTO work group. Such information exchange in SmoothIT was not based on altruism, but on market and game-theoretic principles to promote fairness and prohibit misbehaviour. A prototype system was implemented and tested in the production network of a small ISP. Intracom Telecom was mainly active in design, implementation, and integration of the SmoothIT prototype as well as in the project's public relations.
DAMAZO was a project coordinated by Intracom Telecom dedicated to the development of a Building Energy Management solution that supports interaction with Demand Response Automation Server and applies the concept of Application Service Provision in Demand Response services. In this project Intracom Telecom delivered the Demand Response Automation Server, supporting OpenADRv1.0 standard and including a prototype Demand Response policy engine.
EMPOWER developed a modular and standard-based Patient Empowerment Framework which facilitates the self-management of diabetes patients based on PHRs and on context-aware, personalized services. This framework was piloted in two settings, in Turkey and in Germany. Intracom Telecom was responsible for delivering mobile and web based Personal Health Applications dedicated to the collection and management of Observations of Daily Living of diabetic patients.
StrokeBack project developed an automated remote rehabilitation system by blending advances of ICT and practical clinical knowledge that empower the patients and their immediate carer for effective application of rehabilitation protocols in home settings. Intracom Telecom was responsible for the implementation of a web based Care Management Platform that is used by the clinicians to set up and manage the rehabilitation plans of their patients.
In the context of ARMOR project a mutliparametric monitoring, analysis, and management solution for patients with epilepsy was integrated and validated. ARMOR provided a flexible monitoring capability optimized for each patient. The integrated platform was tested in several case studies and evaluated as a wide-use ambulatory monitoring tool for seizures efficient diagnosis and management including possibilities for detecting premonitory signs and feedback to the patient. Intracom Telecom contributed its in-house developed Electronic Health Record System as a platform to store raw and processed data collected by the measuring units as well as offline analysis results and associated epilepsy models.
The objective of CD-MEDICS was to deliver an instrument that will be a low-cost non-invasive intelligent diagnosis system focused on coeliac disease that can be present at the point of care, such as a doctors' surgery. Intracom Telecom was responsible for the communication infrastructure of the portable instrument and its integration with Hospital Information Systems.
The key objective of the PAMAP project was to develop a system that supports out-hospital Physical Rehabilitation and Physical Activity Monitoring Services. PAMAP system consisted of the infrastructure and the applications used to monitor physical activity, present information, and provided an easy way for the main system users (the monitored subject, her family and friends, and the clinicians) to interact. Intracom Telecom was responsible for the development of the web EHR and the i-TV solutions of the PAMAP system.
The objective of NEXES was the extensive deployment and evaluation of several integrated care services, representative of a broad spectrum of health problems, from those affecting citizens at risk or early stages of the disease to those characterizing patients with advanced chronic disorders. The services that NEXES deployed were grouped in four programs: "Well being and rehabilitation", "Enhanced Care support", "Home hospitalisation & early discharge" and "Support diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures". Intracom Telecom was responsible for the technical support of the clinical services that were deployed in two Greek pilot sites, a public hospital and a private rehab service provider.
The aim of CHIRON project was to combine state-of-the art technologies and innovative solutions into an integrated framework designed for an effective and person-centric health management along the complete care cycle. The project delivered reference architecture for personal healthcare that ensures the interoperability between heterogeneous devices and services, a reliable and secure patient data management and a seamless integration with the clinical workflow. Intracom Telecom was responsible for implementing solutions for patient and medical assets tracking, as well as for environmental sensing.
The Lab-On-Chip project, "Microelectronics Elements for Lab-On-Chip Molecular Analysis Instruments for Genetic and Environmental Applications" was focused on the design, development and implementation of advanced IP blocks consisting of integrated circuits and sensors used in measurement and control subsystems of molecular genetic analysis instruments and environmental monitoring applications. Intracom Telecom was responsible for the design and implementation of IP blocks of the lab-on-chip-instrument, as well as for the manufacturing of the instrument prototype.
I3CON will enable the transformation towards a sustainable European construction industry delivering Industrially produced, Integrated processes and Intelligent building systems using distributed control systems with embedded sensors, wireless connections, ambient user interfaces and autonomous controllers. New value based business models with highly specialised SMEs working in radically contracted supply chains delivered performance spaces, smart business services and lifecycle solutions.
The natural world presents our eyes with a wide range of colours and intensities from moonlight to bright sunshine. We can see detail in regions that vary significantly in luminance. Current imaging techniques are incapable of accurately capturing or displaying such a range of lighting. Some areas under-exposed and others over-exposed. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging can capture, store, transmit and deliver real-world lighting. This gives a step change in viewing experience, for example the ability to clearly see the football when it is kicked from the shadow of the stadium into sunshine.
Widespread uptake of HDR requires common interface standards. Currently they do not exist. There are isolated pockets of high-quality HDR endeavour across Europe, but not a co-ordinated approach. 2009 saw the appearance the first commercial HDR display and the world's first HDR video camera. These European-led developments reinforce the timeliness of developing HDR standards and the special position Europe is in to lead the rapid acceleration of future HDR developments and market penetration. This Action (HDRi) assembles leading academic and industrial researchers and practitioners to propose a set of standards for the complete HDR pipeline and establish Europe firmly as the world leader in HDR.
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is an area of research based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), medical research, and sociological research. AAL is based on the notion that technology and science can provide improvements in the quality of life for people in their homes, and that it can reduce the financial burden on the budgets of European healthcare providers. The concept of Enhanced Living Environments (ELE) refers to the AAL area that is more related with the Information and Communication Technologies. To design, plan, deploy and operate, an AAL system often comprehends the integration of several scientific areas. The Architectures, Algorithms and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE) COST Action addresses the issues of defining software, hardware and service architectures for AAL, on studying and creating more efficient algorithms for AAL, particularly those related to the processing of large amounts of data and of bio-signals in loss environments, and on the research of protocols for AAL or, with more detail, on studying communication and data transmission protocols for AAL.
This Action aims to promote interdisciplinary research on AAL, through the creation of a research and development community of scientists and entrepreneurs, focusing on AAL algorithms, architectures and platforms, having in view the advance of science in this area and the development of new and innovative solutions.
Accurate and timely maps are a fundamental resource but their production in a changing world is a major scientific and practical grand challenge. Remote sensing provides images for mapping at unparalleled rates but the ground reference data needed in map production and evaluation are difficult to acquire. The rise of citizen sensors (e.g. volunteers contributing information from remote devices) provides immense potential to radically change mapping. The quality of citizen sensor data, however, is highly variable and activity is uncoordinated. A major internationally recognised mapping challenge is how to deal with the vast amounts of image data and large bank of uncoordinated citizen sensors in a way to allow accurate mapping. This Action will evaluate the utility of citizen sensors in mapping, debate means to encourage standardisation, coordination of activity and identify how mapping can proceed with imperfect data. It will produce protocols for the collection and use of volunteered data, encouraging good practices while not constraining volunteers. The work is highly inter-disciplinary, at the interface of ISCH, ICT, TUD, ESSEM, FA and FPS domains, and benefits from expertise distributed across Europe. The Action provides a means to foster advances mainly via networking of typically disparate groups for broad benefit.Start of page