5G & IoT – Mobile Wireless Internet

MWI’s current interests lie at the crossroads between 5G and IoT, and their main areas of expertise include:

Wireless technologies for constrained devices, e.g. WSNs and LPWANs.

Application of wireless technologies to indoor positioning.

High capacity wireless networks based on IEEE 802.11 and 3GPP.

V2X communications.

MWI’s work spans from the physical design of embedded systems to driver level optimizations of broadband wireless technologies based on IEEE 802.11, software defined networking, and development of V2X applications. Among the main market sectors impacted by MWI we find: Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Smart Factories and Mobile Networks.

Research Challenges

Internet of Things (IoT)

The goal of the IoT research line is to integrate internet capabilities into devices constrained in terms of energy, computing, storage and communications in order to provide connectivity for the next billion devices.

Technologies

Radio wake-up Systems

6LowPAN, CoAP, ZigBee, Z-Wave, BLE, RFID, Ultra Wide Band (UWB), BT mesh

LP-WAN (LoRa, NB-IoT, SIGFOX, NB-IoT)

Optical Camera Communications, Visible Light Positioning

Applications

Smart Cities (smart lighting, smart mobility, smart energy)

Industry 4.0 (logistics, positioning)

Automation and domotics for smart buildings

Mobile Payment systems

Software Defined Wireless Networks (SDWN)

The goal of this research line is to design algorithms and protocols that lay the foundation of 5G networks, allowing to provide the wireless capacity required to cope with the forecasted increase of demand on mobile connectivity. The group focuses on experimental improvements of systems based on IEEE 802.11 radios and SDN technology.

Technologies

IEEE 802.11 technologies (Sub6 and mm-wave)

LTE (based on OpenAirInterface)

SDN (openvswitch, OpenDayLight, NETCONF)

Linuxwireless stack

Bare Metal Wi-Fi

Optical Camera Communications, Visible Light Positioning

Applications

Wireless backhauling supporting e.g. Small Cells, surveillance

Neutral Small Cell operators

High density venues (e.g. stadium, concert)

Smart City Wi-Fi

Mobile Payment systems

Vehicular communications (V2X)

The goal of this research line is to design algorithms and applications enabling the future connected and autonomous cars. The group expertise lies in the wireless technologies powering V2X, namely 802.11p and C-V2X, combined with practical knowledge of the facilities offered by the ETSI-G5 stack.

Technologies

IEEE 802.11p
LTE Release 14 C-V2X
ETSI-G5
Cohda MK5
Outdoor localisation with lane precision
OMNET/SUMO simulators

Applications

Safety services including position awareness and interaction with traffic lights

Smart road infrastructure to support vulnerable road users (pedestrians, bikes)

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