Projects

MobiWallet

MobiWallet addresses Interoperable Fare Management solutions through four key impact areas: encouraging modal shift and facilitating ease of use of multiple transport options with a focus on handicapped or disabled users, improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption, enhanced and sustainable mobility for all users and improving cross border transportation capabilities.
Coupled with a Smartphone-based electronic payment service and enhanced travel functionalities such as personalized trip planning service, the four pilots deployed across Europe, in Santander (Spain), Tuscany (Italy), West Midlands (UK) and Novi Sad (Serbia), will demonstrate the benefits of a unified platform that can seamlessly process the payment schemes of a varied range of transport operators.
INDRA is leading the consortium of 15 companies and government bodies which, organized into the four national groups of Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Serbia, will carry out the four pilots to test the developed solutions and validate the benefits that these technologies could have.
The expertise needed to carry out successfully each pilot is covered by all partners, each playing a significant role in the transport domain, ticketing solutions and embedded systems sectors both from the production and from the user side.

Funding: MobiWallet is a EU-funded project, Call identifier: CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7.
Period: February 1st, 2014 – July 31st, 2016
Project Coordinator: INDRA.
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ARS Technomedia

Algorithms for techno-mediated social networks

The ARS Technomedia project's objective is to analyze problems and design algorithms for techno-mediated social networks, such as online social networks, mobile social networks, etc. More specifically, the CNR Pisa unit will work on the analysis of opportunistic social networks, where messages are exchanged by means of short-range wireless links (e.g., WiFi and Bluetooth). We will investigate issues such as the speed of information diffusion in such networks, as well as solutions to provide innovative social networking solutions without compromising user privacy and security.

Funding: The ARS Technomedia project has been funded by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research under the PRIN 2010-2011 program.
Period: February, 2013 - February 2016
Head: Alessandro Panconesi, Computer Science Department, University of Rome La Sapienza.

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VehiCong

The VehiCong project's objective is the study of congestion in vehicular ad-hoc networks (VANets). In particular, the project aims to develop:

  • - techniques to control congestion in a vehicular communication environment specific to the IEEE 802.11p communication protocol; and
  • - a vehicular network with the use of IEEE 802.11p equipped radio.
The developed techniques will be investigated and evaluated not only through simulations but also with measurements on a real VANet.

Funding: The VehiCong project has been jointly funded by Regione Toscana and Istituto di Informatica e Telematica within the POR CRO FSE 2007-2013 program. The project is in cooperation with INTECS SpA.
Period: November 1st, 2012 - October 31st, 2014
Head: Paolo Santi, IIT, CNR.

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MimoNet

The MimoNet project aims at developing tools and techniques for network-level exploitation of MIMO technology. In particular, MimoNet targets a specific type of networks, wireless mesh networks. These are wireless multihop networks in which wireless access points are enriched with the ability to wirelessly communicating with each other, forming a wireless mesh infrastructure that can be used by client nodes within the same network to exchange data, as well as to access the Internet through a few access points providing gateway functionality.
MIMO technology, which has so far been successfully employed to improve performance of point-to-point communications, has the potential to provide breakthrough capacity increase also at network-level. However, this increase can be obtained only by advocating a change of perspective on how MIMO technology shall be used, going from the current viewpoint of considering antenna elements as a link resource, to the novel perspective of considering them as network resources, and optimize their usage accordingly.
The MimoNet project goal is to tackle the enormous challenges related to exploiting MIMO technology at a network-level in wireless mesh networks, with the aim at providing a breakthrough increase in network traffic carrying capacity with respect to current wireless technologies.

Funding: The MimoNet project has been funded by Registro.it.
Period: January 1st, 2010 - June 30st, 2013
Head: Paolo Santi, IIT, CNR.
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COGENT

COmputational and GamE-theoretic aspects of uncoordinated NeTworks

The emerging global communication and service infrastructures need to be more and more pervasive, high-performing and reliable. The underlying scenario is basically characterized by decentralization, autonomy, and general lack of coordination among the heterogeneous network entities, the network in turn intrinsically being a common playground for a large number of users. These users exhibit various degrees of intentional or unintentional non cooperative behaviour, while competing for shared and often scarce resources. Besides, they increasingly demand also stable connection and seamless access to the network resources, by means of the enormous potential offered by the new wireless equipments and capabilities.
The combination of uncoordination and wireless access induces a degree of dynamism never experienced before, that must be necessarily faced by the emerging services and applications, and calls for a pressing solution of the resulting scientific and technological challenges. In such a highly elusive and mutable setting, the focus of the present project is that of evaluating the impact on the network performance induced by the combination of the lack of users cooperation/collaboration and the presence of users mobility/dynamism. To this respect, the general mismatch between the network optimization goals and the competing users private interests, motivates the following research directions:
1) modeling and analyzing the consequences of the autonomous users behaviour on the network performance;
2) accounting for specific features imposed by the dynamic nature of these networks (e.g., users mobility, wireless medium, unreliable connectivity, etc.);
3) investigating the influence of the different degrees of users social knowledge on users behaviour when analyzing items 1) and 2) above, and, consequently, on the system performance and on the induced mobility patterns and network topology;
4) evaluating the solutions developed in 1), 2), and 3) also through extensive simulations.
As a final outcome, the most significant algorithm/protocols and application scenarios will be packaged in a software tool (a "demonstrator") which will be made available to the research community.

Funding: The COGENT project has been funded by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research under the PRIN 2008 program.
Period: March, 2010 - March, 2012
Head: Michele Flammini, Computer Science Department, University of L'Aquila.

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IPERMOB

A Pervasive and Heterogeneous Infrastructure to control Urban Mobility in Real-Time

Within the domain of "Intelligent Transport Systems" IPERMOB - A Pervasive and Heterogeneous Infrastructure to control Urban Mobility in Real-Time proposes a multi-tier approach for developing an Information System for urban mobility.
IPERMOB proposes a new generation of integrated systems based on the optimization and inter-operability of the chain formed by:

  • - data collection systems;
  • - aggregation, management, and on-line control systems;
  • - off-line systems aiming at infrastructure planning;
  • - information systems targeted to citizen and municipality to handle and rule the vehicle mobility.
Specifically IPERMOB proposes low-cost wireless technology (WSN) and image processing techniques to estimate traffic-related information.
In IPERMOB vehicular networks (IEEE 802.11a/p) will be interoperated with WSN (IEEE 802.15.4) and connected to a centralized database through wide band 5 GHz link (IEEE 802.11h).
IPERMOB provides real-time information about parking availability and vehicle flows on the landside of the International Airport of Tuscany (Pisa).

Funding: This research has been funded by Regione Toscana under the POR-Creo FESR 2007-13 program, and the IPERMOB project has been selected as Project of Excellence within the above mentioned program.
Period: October 15th, 2009 - June 30th, 2011
Head: Paolo Pagano, ReTiS, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento.
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