Projects

H2020 Projects

Eight Bells participates in H2020 5G-PPP Phase 2 with 5G ESSENCE project (Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences) and 5G-PPP Phase 3 with 5G-CARMEN (5G for Connected and Automated Road Mobility in the European unioN) (expected start on 1/1/2019).

5G ESSENCE

5G ESSENCE addresses the paradigms of Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell as a Service by fuelling the drivers and removing the barriers in the Small Cell market, forecasted to grow at an impressive pace up to 2020 and beyond and to play a key role in the 5G ecosystem. 5G ESSENCE provides a highly flexible and scalable platform, able to support new business models and revenue streams by creating a neutral host market and reducing operational costs by providing new opportunities for ownership, deployment, operation and amortisation.

5G-CARMEN

European mobility is drastically changing: growing urbanisation, environmental aspects, and safety are only a few of the key indicators pointing in this direction. Road infrastructures and vehicles are blending with the digital world, becoming always-connected, automated and intelligent, delivering optimal experience to passengers, and addressing societal goals (e.g., emission and accident reduction) and economic needs (e.g., vehicles as smart-living environments). In this respect, the European Union pushes for large-scale collaborative cross-border validation activities on cooperative, connected and automated mobility.

5G-CARMEN addresses these challenges harnessing the concept of “Mobility Corridors”. In 5G-CARMEN important European industries, academics and innovative SMEs commit to achieve world-wide impact by conducting extensive trials across an important corridor (by people/goods traffic volumes), from Bologna to Munich, spanning 600 km of roads, connecting three European regions (Bavaria, Tirol and Trentino/South-Tyrol) across three countries. Vehicle manoeuvre negotiation (at various levels of automation), infotainment, and emission control in sensitive areas are the cross-border use cases targeted by 5G-CARMEN pilots in order to maximise the project commercial, societal, end environmental impact. The role of Eight Bells will be to on the development and execution of viable plans for the 5G-CARMEN exploitation activities and to help to achieve high measurable impact, ultimately leading to a successful adoption of the 5G-CARMEN disruptive capabilities and innovative features into the 5G ecosystem.

SPEAR

Eight Bells participates in H2020 DS-07-2017 with SPEAR project - “SPEAR: Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid”

Smart Grid is considered as the next-generation power system, which promises self-healing, resilience, sustainability and efficiency to the energy Critical Infrastructures (CIN). However, securing smart grids against cyber-attacks is of vital importance for National Security and Public Safety, since the collapse of an energy production utility may cause human lives, millions of euros, denial of a very important and common good such as energy and days or even months of recovering. SPEAR project aims at a) detecting and responding to cyber-attacks using new technologies and capabilities, b) detecting threat and anomalies timely, c) developing all-in-one security detection solutions, d) leveraging advanced forensics subject to privacy-preserving, e) confronting Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and targeted attacks in smart grids, f) increasing the resilience of the smart grid innovation, g) alleviating the lack of trust in smart grid operators and h) empowering EU-wide consensus.

CUREX

The vision of CUREX is to safeguard patient privacy and increase their trust in the currently vulnerable critical healthcare information infrastructures, especially in cases where data is exchanged among healthcare stakeholders within any business, operational and systemic cross-border environment. By leveraging novel methods on ontological health data modelling, vulnerability discovery, threat intelligence, cybersecurity and privacy risk assessment methodologies, and state-of-the art in blockchain technologies for health data, CUREX aims at enabling secure and authorised sensitive health data exchange.

H2020 OPEN CALLS AND EXPERIMENTS

GO-QUICK

Eight Bells will participate in the FIRE experimentation in the Fed4FIRE+ with the Go-Quick Project (Joint experimentation of modern internet application protocols with SDN)

Web service providers and operators need to enhance their networks and effectively manage transport protocols and other network parameters so as to deliver top quality of experience to their subscribers. So far, QUIC has managed to provide very good results. According to Google, QUIC protocol has helped to realize a 3% improvement in the mean page load times on Google Search. That may not seem high but one needs to recall that Google search is already about as optimized as possible. Other sites, and especially latency-heavy web apps, will likely see better improvements. Users who connect to YouTube over QUIC report about 30% fewer re-buffers when watching videos and because of QUIC’s improved congestion control and loss recover over UDP, users on some of the slowest connection also see improved page load times.

Go-Quick proposes an experiment that will consider a range of network conditions in order to provide quantitative results on the performance of some key cross-layer protocols and the experimental outcomes will provide useful insights for the most appropriate network regimes that certain transport protocols can operate. The results can thus be further leveraged by network operators and Content Service Providers (CSPs) through the distribution channels of EIGHT BELLS.

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Experimentation to Fed4FIRE+ infrastructure

The expected date of delivery is September 2017.

AVALON

Eight Bells has won a new contract for experimentation in the FIRE ecosystem through SoftFIRE Open Call 2 for Industrial Innovation.

AVALON will also compose a number of efficient services that will act as a graph of interconnected Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). This traffic identification will give rise to advanced traffic forwarding/steering rules and L7-aware specific VNF chains. Thus, the implementation of the project AVALON will demonstrate the benefits of dynamic programmable function chaining by delivering a L7-aware Open Virtual Switch and assessing its performance.

LIVEWARE

Eight Bells has won a new contract for experimentation in WiSHFUL OC5.

LIVEWARE will follow the LWA approach and will build upon the standardized procedure for steering downlink data traffic from LTE to WiFi Access Point (AP). LIVEWARE will conduct experiments that measure the benefits of LWA LTE technology for using unlicensed spectrum both in terms of performance and network robustness. This will help a lot to develop new business models, according to the plan of the company. For this to come into effect, the WiSHFUL platform will be crucial for supporting the proposed tests and for addressing the important experimentation challenges.

CLUE

Eight Bells engages with ORCA experimentation for Orchestration and Reconfiguration Control Architecture through CLUE experiment “CLUE: Coexistence of LTE-Unlicensed & Wi-Fi”

LTE technologies for unlicensed spectrum receive increased attention and gain momentum among the wireless community of operators, regulatory bodies and industry fora. Coexistence with Wi-Fi is expected to be a key tool that will enhance data capacity and boost new mobile applications. CLUE proposal targets the experimental evaluation and assessment of the interference effects imposed by LTE-U on the performance of Wi-Fi, and vice versa, through varying important network parameters.

RAISE

Eight Bells is going to develop an Augmented Reality Smart Guidance Application based on Edge Computing for the first competitive call for experiments of the H2020 FLAME project.

The RAISE experiment proposes a novel application that offers enhanced guidance in urban environments and live AR video streaming. With the target to introduce new opportunities for the sectors that are involved in active production and distribution of media content such as, Augmented/Mixed Reality, multicast, advertising, and beyond, the RAISE innovative application makes use of the FLAME MEC infrastructure to achieve faster access to media and services, lower latency, and higher embracement of the experience. For this purpose, RAISE provides personalized AR experience that connects the digital content with the physical world in order to empower 3D navigation, real-time geotagging and geofencing, as well as launching of advertisements and multimedia when the user is at specific outdoor places around the city. With the purpose to highlight the benefits of localized production, processing and consumption of video content, the RAISE experiment leverages on the FLAME wireless access infrastructure of the city of Barcelona, which offers a real deployment of an intelligent edge network.

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Indicative display view of RAISE application