The action plan for the implementation of the infrastruture is organized in six interrelated components that we call work packages. (WPs)

Radio Head Development & Deployment

Workpackage 1

Development and deployment of transparent radio heads connected through fiber to the central laboratory in order to emulate multiple wireless systems.

This is the central part of the infrastructure that provides data to all the other ones in order to make an hybrid testbed that combines the flexibility of simulations with the realism of physical implementation and combines radio and optical technologies.

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Complete deployment of the transparent radio heads and optical links in the UAv campus;
  2. Years 2-6: Continuous update of the deployment (e.g additional radio heads, optical links).

Central Laboratory

Workpackage 2

The Central Laboratory includes:

  • Transceivers of commercial standardized radio systems;
  • Transceiver for reference 5G system and dynamic spectrum access;
  • Measuring and testing equipment, with appropriate software for automation; Interfaces of the transceivers to the simulators and upper layers;
  • Management unit, that controls the physical infrastructure and manages the interfacing.

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Acquisition of first set of equipment and development of testing automation for the novel and existing equipment; Integration of commercial radio systems in the testbed and linkage to the physical deployment;
  2. Year 2: Development and integration of reference 5G (C-RAN) with the automatized testing system and physical deployment of radio heads and front-haul fiber. Integration with simulation domain; First phase of simulator integration with physical signals from the radio systems installed in phase 1. Integration of central laboratory with internet with basic functionalities;
  3. Year 3: Second phase of simulator integration with physical signals from the C.RAN;
  4. Year 4: Integration of the FPGA development platform with central laboratory;
  5. Year 5: Second phase for equipment selection acquisition and automation;
  6. Year 6: Final integration of all the central laboratory functionalities with internet.

Simulation Domain

Workpackage 3

Acquisition and development of simulators that may run as standalone or interface with the physical testbed to make simulations more realistic. Some of the simulators will be commercial tools (OPNET), public freeware tools (NS3) while the others will be simulators developed at the research units that include link and system level simulators. Besides the simulators themselves this will also include the interfacing to the physical world (whose functionalities are split between WP2and WP3) and the abstraction computing units that convert the physical measurements in quantities suitable for real time simulation processing (again split between WP3 and WP2).

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Acquisition of relevant commercial simulators (OPNET), evaluation of in-house and freeware and development of common user interface. Definition of simulation working plan for years 2-6;
  2. Year 2: Integration with central laboratory;
  3. Year 3: Integration with FPGA development platform;
  4. Year 4: Second phase of simulation development completed;
  5. Year 6: Final simulation development and integration with other units.

FPGA Testbed and Development Support

Workpackage 4

FPGA development platform, based on a two reference systems (one for 4G and other for future 5G), allowing the inclusion of alternative algorithms. Through the connection of this platform to the simulation domain and physical deployment, testing in realistic scenarios will be permitted. The objective is that in the final phase the development platform can be remotely accessed allowing researchers / developers to integrate their algorithm proposal with a minimum time spent at the premises of the testbed.

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Definition of full functionalities. Installation of 4G reference platform;
  2. Year 2: Installation of 5G reference platform;
  3. Year 3: First integration with simulation domain;
  4. Year 4: First integration with central laboratory;
  5. Year 6: Full functionalities developed and integrated with other components.

Wireless Power Transmission Evaluation

Workpackage 5

Energy is and it will be the key enabler technological solutions for the future, the availability and the mobility of all wireless devices, with high or low throughput, is strongly dependent on the energy pattern it consumes and/or can get from alternative means. This test bed will have a strong impact on developing components for this new area of knowledge, and consequently its characterization from the antenna up to the active device.

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Definition of full functionalities. Installation of WPT reference platform;
  2. Year 2: Installation of WPT reference platform;
  3. Years 3-4: First integration with central laboratory;
  4. Year 6: Full functionalities developed and integrated with other components.

Internet Interfacing

Workpackage 6

Develop all the interfacing between the components represented by WP1-4, with the external world allowing at the end remote access to most of the functionalities of the infrastructure and testing / characterization without need for physical presence at the testbed premises.

Schedule:

  1. Year 1: Definition of functionalities, security interfaces;
  2. Year 2: Interfacing with the simulation domain;
  3. Year 3: Interfacing with central laboratory – Intermediate phase;
  4. Year 4: Interfacing with FPGA development platform;
  5. Year 6: Final interfaces developed, tested and fully operational