BBS award winning research reshapes the future internet infrastructure

The LiveCity research project won the award for best project demonstration at the Future Internet Assembly Conference held in Athens, Greece on 18-20 March 2014.

The LiveCity project is focused on implementing a range of video-to-video applications for city communities across the public internet. The project will build a wireline and 4G wireless network of 5 cities and include a right of way without interference from unwanted Internet traffic so that users can experience live interactive high definition video-to-video. The live HD video to video communication will be piloted across Europe covering city administration, ambulance emergency scenarios, tele-medicine, primary education and museums and cultural experience.

researchBrunel Business School is responsible for the development and application of key performance indicators for these video-to-video services. The BBS team is led by Professor Zahir Irani and supported by Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh and Dr Habin Lee. The total European Commission contribution to the Livecity project effort is worth € 2,259,149.

The Future Internet Assembly conference focused on reshaping the future Internet infrastructure for innovation and covered the following thematic areas:

  • The new Internet technological landscape based on network/cloud integration through Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and innovative software and services that enable application innovation;
  • The contribution of the EU National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) developments in the SDN/NFV domain;
  • The role of SDN/NFV in i) building Internet applications of major impact (e.g., social networks, open data, big data analysis) with virtual services capabilities; ii) enabling the reduction in resources used (energy efficiency, reduction of raw-materials); iii) fostering the emergence of open platforms to create downstream markets for third party developers; and
  • The EU Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) and how they are positioned relative to these developments and relevant requirements towards demonstration and test-beds in Europe/globally.


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