The objective of the End-to-End Reconfigurability project (http://www.e2r.motlabs.com) is to design an architecture of reconfigurable devices and supporting systems functions to exploit the valuable diversity of the Radio Eco-Space, e.g., cellular, wireless local area and broadcast systems. The E2R architecture will offer an expanded set of operational choices to mobile radio systems users, application providers, service providers, operators and regulators.
The ePerSpace project (http://www.ist-eperspace.org/) has the goal of increasing user acceptance of networked systems and applications at home and elsewhere by providing value-added networked services. The project aims to develop an open, trusted and interoperable integration framework and to solve problems relating to the exchange of personalization data, service and context adaptation, and management of service platforms.
MAESTRO (http://ist-maestro.dyndns.org/MAESTRO/index.htm) contributes to the ongoing development of the Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcast (SDMB) concept that will pave the way for convergence between satellite and terrestrial networks. Using the UMTS standard, SDMB will complement existing mobile networks with broadcast and multicast capabilities. This will open the door for spectrum-efficient delivery of indoor/outdoor multimedia services to mobile devices without introducing additional constraints on the user terminals or the consumers themselves.
The MAESTRO project approach is to take advantage of the natural assets of satellite systems to ensure that SDMB achieves the highest possible degree of interoperability with terrestrial 2G and 3G mobile infrastructures, thereby encouraging multimedia usage in Europe and contributing to the successful deployment of 3G.
The goal of the MAGNET project (http://www.telecom.ece.ntua.gr/magnet/) is to enable commercially viable Personal Networks (PN) that are affordable, user-friendly and beneficial to all types of users in all aspects of their everyday life. MAGNET will create Personal Networks by building on what is expected to be one of the most important telecom-related growth markets of the future: Personal Area Networks (PANs). MAGNET will produce a framework for future technologies and architectures to connect PANs via wireless wide area networks (WANs), giving users access to the wealth of services these networks provide, including access to other PANs.
The MAGNET vision is that Personal Networks will provide users with unobtrusive support for professional and private activities while safeguarding their privacy and security. Dynamic and diverse in composition, PNs will operate on top of existing subscriber services and ad hoc networks. Configuration and connectivity methods will vary depending on time, place, preference, context, and resources available.
The UBISEC project (http://www.c-lab.de/ubisec/) seeks to develop an advanced infrastructure for secure large-scale user mobility based on Smart Card technologies. This infrastructure will support personalized, context-aware authorization and authentication services in large, heterogeneous networks. The proposed infrastructure will require advanced personalization and context-aware sensing and computing technologies with strong security to protect user data (e.g. user profiles) and devices, including their software components.
As part of its contribution to the overall aims of the EU's IST program, Simplicity participates in the IST Cluster on Reconfigurability. This cluster, first organized as part of FP5 and now extended to cover FP6, brings together a number of research projects that share an interest in reconfigurability: the use of software re-definition to empower (possibly live) upgrades/patching of any element of a network, and of the services and applications running on it. A key contribution of Simplicity in this area is to look at the possibility of high (application) level reconfigurability.