The POINT project brings together a strong consortium of nine partners from five EU countries. Four of the partners are leading academic institutions, the other four industrial partners, and one is a cooperative partner. The academic partners are all recognised research organisations with a strong track record in ICT research and successful participation in FP7 projects. The industrial partners include an ISP, a telecom vendor, a telecom technology provider, and a content producer. The ninth partner is a cooperative developing an open hardware and software platform for IoT. The consortium was formed by people and organisations that have considerable experience with ICN and share the vision that an ICN core network can perform better than traditional approaches in many of today’s applications.
Aalto University (AALTO)
Aalto University (AALTO), is a Finnish multidisciplinary university in the fields of Science and Technology, Economics, Architecture, and Art & Design. Aalto University employs approximately 370 professors and has a student body of 20000, 70 % of which are students in science and technology. Aalto University was founded in 2010 by merging three previously separate Finnish universities: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Role in POINT: AALTO will act as the Coordinator of POINT, managing the project and presenting the consortium towards the EU. AALTO will also strongly contribute to every research and development work package. The major tasks for AALTO include architectural definition and implementation (with emphasis on security-related issues), evaluation, and academic dissemination.
Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB-RC)
The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) is a dynamic institution of higher education in Greece, founded in 1920. It is divided into eight departments, grouped in three schools; the departments of Informatics and Statistics form the School of Information Sciences and Technology. The academic staff of the University is about 200 and the number of undergraduate students in the University is approximately 5000, while there are also about 2000 graduate students.
Role in POINT: AUEB-RC will lead the architectural specification and will participate in all other WPs, as its team has backgrounds on network architecture, protocol implementation, network security and economic incentives for network services. AUEB will lead the architectural work of the project, having considerable experience in this area from PSIRP and PURSUIT. It will also contribute heavily to the implementation effort and the validation testing phase, also helping with the trials.
CTVC Ltd. (CTVC)
CTVC (CTVC) is a major UK-based Independent Media Production Company and SME supplying programmes to broadcasters around the world. For over 30 years, CTVC has been producing acclaimed series and one-off documentaries for broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Al Jazeera English and National Geographic. Since 2010 CTVC has participated in a range of successful STREP and IP research projects funded by the FP7 Programme (SARACEN, PURSUIT and REVERIE) and the UK funded TSB Programme (PARTEC).
Role in POINT: CTVC’s main roles will be focused on use case development, user requirements definition and analysis, design of test scenarios and assessment methodology specification, field trials execution, evaluation results analysis, business models and exploitation, dissemination and public outreach
ELL-i (ELLI) is an open-source co-operative developing a software and hardware platform for intelligent Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) devices. ELL-i provides manufacturers, service providers, professionals and others with open source software, schematics, layouts, and instructions for designing and building PoEpowered, intelligent, wire-line-communicating devices. The ELL-i platform provides electrical power and Ethernet communications through a single UTP cable for all kinds of devices and applications at an affordable price and in an easy-to-install form factor, thereby enabling new kinds of fixed and embedded devices, such as LED lights, active loudspeakers, safety systems, sensors, and actuators.
Role in POINT: The main roles of ELL-i include the specification and implementation of the CoAP-over-ICN protocol and standard and the demonstration of a solution based on ELL-i running on the POINT platform.
InterDigital Europe Ltd (IDC)
InterDigital (IDC) develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. As a long-standing contributor to the evolution of the wireless industry, we solve many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges years ahead of market deployment. Our advanced solutions support more efficient wireless networks, a richer multimedia experience and new mobile broadband capabilities. Accordingly, we have established licenses and partnerships with many of the world’s leading wireless companies. InterDigital has recently established a new R&D centre in Europe, which will largely increase its activity in the next few years to become a strong R&D centre in the European landscape, with the long term goal of developing a substantial part of the company’s technology and business within Europe.
Role in POINT: IDC will act as the Technical Manager of the project, providing overall coordination of all technical activities as well as actively contributing to major architecture and development activities. Specifically, IDC will lead the design and development of the IP and HTTP over ICN solutions as well as provide input from its current edge caching solutions into appropriate POINT activities. IDC will also contribute to the overall testing and trialing activities.
Intracom Telecom (ICOM)
Intracom (ICOM) is a telecommunication systems vendor, operating in the EEMEA, CIS, and APAC regions, with a track record of 35 years. The company has a presence in 15 countries, with headquarters in Athens, Greece, and exports to 70 countries. The company’s clientele consists of fixed & mobile telecom operators, public authorities and large enterprises. ICOM provides products in the areas of wireless access and transmission, content delivery, value-added services, network management, big data analytics, and cloud computing. Products are combined with complete range of professional, consulting, technical support, training and management services.
Role in POINT: Intracom will lead the communication, dissemination, and exploitation of POINT’s results giving an emphasis on exploitation. It will adapt fs|cdn (ICOM’s IPTV platform) to use the POINT platform, make significant contributions to the design of the POINT platform, assist with the mapping of IP to ICN and the development of the resource coordination mechanisms and contribute to scenario description, requirements gathering, and KPI definition.
PrimeTel (PTL) is the biggest private telecom operator based in Cyprus offering TV, Internet, Telephony and Mobile services. PrimeTel owns and operates a high performance fiber optic network with points of presence in Cyprus, Greece, Russia and United Kingdom. It combines key components that are critical for the provisioning of state-of-the-arts services: a high capacity backbone, a 24 hour Network Operations Centre and superior engineering. PrimeTel’s network has been engineered from the ground up to accommodate the high availability demands of the most strict service level agreements.
Role in POINT: PrimeTel will take the lead of platform trials by hosting an IPTV/VoD trial scenario as well as involving real users during the trials’ period. In addition, as a network operator, PrimeTel will be involved in the KPI definition process.
RWTH Aachen (RWTH)
RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) is one of the leading technology universities of Europe. RWTH was elected after a fierce national level competition and evaluation to be one of the German Excellence (elite) universities and is currently receiving, through a special federal level excellence program, funding to guarantee its international competence in research and education. The university is renowned for its technology transfer and spin-off activities, having consistently received the largest amount of competitive third-party and industrial funding in Germany.
Role in POINT: RWTH will lead the work package dealing with validation and evaluation and will participate in all WPs, as the members of the team have background on networking architecture design, protocol design and implementation, as well as the use and deployment of software defined networking solutions. RWTH will lead the evaluation work of the project, having extensive experience in this area from PSIRP and PURSUIT, and also contribute heavily to the design and implementation activities, as well as participate to the design and specification of field trials and analysis of trial results.
University of Essex (UESSEX)
The University of Essex (UESSEX) is one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom, with a strong emphasis on research and industry linkage. In the recent national research assessments exercises (RAE 2008) UESSEX has been ranked among the top ten UK universities for the quality of its research. The POINT project activity will be carried out in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). CSEE is one of the top rated Electrical Engineering departments in the UK. The EE side of the School is strongly focused on telecommunication/network research across a broad front.
Role in POINT: UESSEX will lead the werkpackage dealing with the platform development and various individual tasks. UESSEX will be bringing a great deal of experience on network resource control both from the previous PURSUIT project and a number of other international and national projects. In addition the team at UESSEX have experience with novel transport approaches such as network coding and Bloom filters that will be applied in a number of tasks such as the TCP over ICN abstractions and HTTP over ICN abstractions. UESSEX have experience with, and presence in, national and international testbeds and will be hosting the project’s node within the NSF GENI testbed and will be utilizing the emerging Openflow testbed within the UK Janet network as part of the system trials. UESSEX will also be contributing to the design of the platform in the architecture specification and dissemination, which will include content in postgraduate courses and dissertations at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels.