Completed Projects

Full Name: FORTIKA- Cyber Security Accelerator for trusted SMEs IT Ecosystems
Description: Minimise the exposure of small and medium sized businesses to cyber security risks and threats, and help them successfully respond to cyber security incidents, while relieving them from all unnecessary and costly efforts of identifying, acquiring and using the appropriate cyber security solutions.To fulfil its vision the project adopts a security by design hybrid approach that adequately integrates hardware and software with business needs and behavioral patterns at individual and organisational level to: introduce a hardware-enabled middleware security layer as add-on to existing network gateways; orientate small business users to trusted cyber security services (through FORTIKA’s marketplace) packaged to tailored solutions for each enterprise and further extended to accommodate security intelligence and to encourage security-friendly behavioral and organisational changes. Ultimately, FORTIKA proposes a resilient overall cyber security solution that can be easily tailored and adjusted to the versatile and dynamically changing needs of small businesses. To this end, the project ambitiously aims to make systematic and extensive use of the existing service and product portfolio of security solution providers across Europe. Finally the introduction of a software-defined smart ecosystem in “FORTIKA Marketplace”, will provide the feature of a light mode solution, which will offer virtualized security services (with minimum downloading requirements). From their perspective, users (i.e. SMEs) may utilize a variety of services and share profiling information with the service providers in return for tailored security services aligned with their actual needs. The FORTIKA marketplace will also function as a single point of access for the profiling information for each SME. FORTIKA Cyber-security framework will be evaluated through five major types of SMEs and will be supported from 2 local SME/ICT clusters and 1 EU alliance.
Duration: 01/06/2017 – 31/05/2020
URL: FORTIKA Project

Full Name: SMart mobILity at the European land borders
Description:SMILE proposes a novel mobility concept that addresses the aforementioned challenges by designing, implementing and evaluating in relevant environments (TRL6) prototype management architecture, for the accurate verification, automated control, monitoring and optimization of people’ flows at Land Border Infrastructures. It leverages the capabilities of the smart mobile devices in biometric control for secure and trusted authentication, and elaborates on their exploitation as part of a multimodal biometric verification process that supplements / complements existing approaches. Furthermore, SMILE’s mobility concept builds upon Private Cloud Infrastructure technologies which communicate with remote SMILE handhelds through a secure gateway. SMILE ecosystem will target EU land borders which will be the beneficiaries of the proposed solutions. In fact, the proposed technology and business framework developed in SMILE will be validated through pan-European demonstrations in 3 BCPs. The operational properties of the technologies and overall solution will be validated and evaluated against cost, performance, effectiveness and usability indicators. Use cases will be supported by different architectural designs, which will be classified according to the operation mode. BCPs participating in the project’s pilots will deploy and evaluate the solution at business as usual and emergency situations across various status operations. SMILE aims to (1) minimise the exposure of BCPs to security risks and threats, and (2) help them successfully respond to security incidents, while relieving them from all unnecessary and costly efforts of identifying, acquiring and using the appropriate technology. To this CNBP, HBP & RBP BCP partners will deploy and validate the proposed secure & reliable ecosystem in two use cases (Romania Bulgaria), in which the adaptation of SMILE framework to focused applications will be performed.

 

Duration: 01/07/2017 – 30/06/2020
URL: SMILE Project

Description: NEREUS is an ERASMUS+ project in the field of “Next generation networked media over 4G+ infrastructures”, funded by the State Scholarships Foundation of the Greek Ministry of Education (IKY) under the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (KA2) framework (2016-1-EL01-KA203-023637). Its main objective is to offer a multidisciplinary programme for skills development, involving principles from Informatics and Internet technologies, Telecommunications and Network engineering, Social Media sciences and Security. Towards this direction, NEREUS elaborates on cutting-edge topics that are of major importance for societal, cultural and economic prosperity, and with strategic impact in Europe’s 2020 Agenda for sustainable growth and competitiveness both at national and regional levels, focusing onto:

 

Novel media coding and “green” transport mechanisms

Open network architectures with service orchestration

QoS/QoE modelling & management

Next generation cloud-based services

Secure and trustworthy communications
Duration: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2019
URL: NEREUS Erasmus

Full Name: nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS
Description:Current emergency systems and 112 services are based on legacy telecommunication technologies, which cannot cope with IP-based services that European citizens use every day. Some of the related limitations are the partial media support (so far, only voice calls and SMS are accepted), the lack of integration of social media, and the use of an analog modem for providing eCall services with limited data amount. As most operators have started migrating towards broadband IP-based infrastructures, current emergency systems need also to be upgraded/adapted in order to fulfill regulatory requirements in terms of Next Generation emergency services. Τhe main objective of EMYNOS project is the design and implementation of a Next Generation platform capable of accommodating rich-media emergency calls that combine voice, text, and video, thus constituting a powerful tool for coordinating communication among citizens, call centers and first responders. Additionally, issues such as call routing/redirection to the closest-available call center, retrieval of the caller location, hoax calls prevention, support for people with disabilities, and integration of social media will be addressed. EMYNOS will enable users to make emergency calls across heterogeneous devices (e.g. PCs, TV sets, mobile, AAC and haptic devices) using various mature technologies, including those making use of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and WebRTC framework. EMYNOS will also demonstrate how the eCall concept can benefit from the IP technologies by allowing audio-video calls towards the emergency call centers and complementing location information, with photos and videos. EMYNOS involves partners with complementary expertise (telecom/satellite operator, VoIP provider, eCall testers, end users), which together form the chain for the provision of emergency services and which will deliver the EMYNOS demonstrator that will be validated in operational environment (TRL 7).

 

Duration: 1/09/2015-28/02/2018
URL: EMYNOS Project

Full Name: Network Functions as-a-Service over Virtualised Infrastructures
Description: T-NOVA designs and implements a management/orchestration platform for the automated provision, configuration, monitoring and optimization of Network Functions-as-a-Service (NFaaS) over virtualised Network/IT infrastructures. T-NOVA leverages and enhances cloud management architectures for the elastic provision and (re-) allocation of IT resources assigned to the hosting of Network Functions. It also exploits and extends Software Defined Networking platforms for efficient management of the network infrastructure. Furthermore, in order to facilitate the involvement of diverse actors in the NFV scene and attract new market entrants, T-NOVA establishes a “NFV Marketplace”, in which network services and Functions by several developers can be published and brokered/traded.
Duration: 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2016
URL: T-NOVA Project

Full Name: Media Ecosystem Deployment Through Ubiquitous Content-Aware Network Environments
Description: ALICANTE project heads towards the deployment of a “Media Ecosystem”, by proposing a comprehensive architecture with in-depth innovations and evolutions within and between each environment. The ALICANTE concept aims to provide Content-awareness to the Network Environment, Network- and User Context -awareness to the Service Environment, and adapted services/content to the End User for his best service experience possible. A flexible cooperation between actors is expected, enabling eventually any user – first – to efficiently access the offered multimedia services in various contexts, and – second– to deliver their own content dynamically, seamlessly and transparently to other users.
Duration: 01/03/2010 – 31/08/2013
URL: http://www.ict-alicante.eu/

Full Name: 3D Content Creation, Coding and Transmission over Future Media Networks
Description: 3D-ConTourNet is a COST Action which undertakes coordinated research collaboration, at European level, in 3D multimedia creation, encoding, delivery and reception of services and applications over future networking technologies. A scientific framework is devised to integrate the main elements of the delivery chain, such as 3D content creation and encoding evolution, transmission across heterogeneous networks and user consumption, taking perceived quality as an overall key performance factor. This Action aims at beyond this trend by tightening closer together scattered efforts and integrating all technological elements with user 3D quality perception.
Duration: 22/05/2012 – 21/05/2016
URL: http://www.3d-contournet.eu/

Full Name: Creating Local Innovation through a Quadruple helix
Description: CLIQ is an INTERREG IVC project aiming at strengthening Local and Regional Authorities’ policy and capacity to support innovation more effectively in medium-sized cities. In this context, CLIQ’s ultimate goal is to improve local authorities’ innovation policies, to integrate innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalisation processes and to improve regional competitiveness. The interactive cooperation model of government, universities and industry is essential to innovation in knowledge based societies. The CLIQ project has taken this Triple Helix concept to a new level, adding a fourth component – civil society.
Duration: 01/11/2008 – 30/10/2011
URL: http://www.cliqproject.eu/

Full Name: Embedding P2P technology in Next Generation Networks: A New Communication Paradigm & Experimentation Infrastructure
Description: VITAL++ major objective was to combine and experiment with the best of the two worlds, namely, IMS-like control plane functionality and P2P technology giving rise into a new communication paradigm that will bring a wide range of benefits. The key to achieving this objective was to put this paradigm under strenuous experimentation, carried out under realistic network conditions using popular applications. To this end, VITAL++ put together a pan-European testbed comprised of existing geographically distributed test sites integrated by IMS technology. This was thoroughly tested by reference content applications and services that used P2P technology as a means for their distribution and achieving satisfactory QoS levels through network resource optimisation algorithms rather than nonscalable QoS reservation operations.
Duration: 01/06/2008 – 31/11/2010
URL: http://www.ict-vitalpp.upatras.gr/

Full Name: Integrated Multi-layer Optimization in broadband DVB-S2 Satellite Networks
Description: IMOSAN is an EU funded IST project which proposes an integrated management solution that allows optimum usage of the satellite spectrum, which spans across three layers: physical, network and service. This multi-layer optimization will be based on the capabilities of DVB-S.2 standard and will be performed in an integrated and coherent way for all layers, using a Satellite Resource Management System (SRMS). Adaptive coding and modulation (ACM) features of DVB-S.2 standard will be exploited, to provide optimization in time varying operating environments. An actual DVB-S.2 satellite network will be developed, to demonstrate and validate the capabilities of the multi-layer management solution. This will be achieved through the provision of digital TV programs, interactive services and telephone connections (triple play services), to end users, under real conditions. The return channel will be based on DVB-RCS technology and a DVB-S.2/DVB-RCS gateway will be incorporated, upgraded with SRMS and tested. The performance of the network will be evaluated through the provision of triple play services, as well as through a tele-learning application.
Duration: 03/01/2006 – 30/06/2008
URL: http://aias.iit.demokritos.gr/imosan/

Full Name: Digital Switchover: Developing Infrastructures for Broadband Access
Description: ATHENA considers that if proper decision will be taken for the digital switchover, it will also provide a solution for the broadband access for all citizens. In this context, ATHENA presents an approach towards the solution of the digital switchover that comprises the use of the DVB stream for interconnecting next generation network (NGN) nodes, by the use of regenerative configurations. The utilisation of regenerative configurations enables for the realisation of a virtual common Ethernet backbone that can be exploited by 3G/UMTS and B3G operators and broadcasters, besides enabling for broadband access for all citizens. Such a configuration enables for multi-service capability, as the regenerative DVB-T creates a single access network physical infrastructure, shared by multiple services.
Duration: 01/03/2002 – 31/08/2004

Full Name: Real Time Dynamic Bandwidth Optimisation in Satellite Networks
Description: The key objective of the REPOSIT project was to define, implement demonstrate and validate a spectrum efficient interactive satellite (DVB-S) network, using real time dynamic management of the available bandwidth, for supporting a variety of heterogeneous bit rate services, like interactive TV, Internet and multimedia services. The network was used for the interconnection of terrestrial distribution nodes and was tested, demonstrated and validated over an actual satellite. Both the downlink and uplink were based on DVB-S technology.
Duration: 01/03/2002 – 31/08/2004