The digital revolution has shaped the global economy and society in a spectacular way. The enormous opportunities that arise from the emergence of digital technologies will create new business models and optimize the performance of systems and processes as new ecosystems arise. However, these picturesque promises, are equally matched by the evolution of huge security risks and challenges. Therefore, How to deal with the major security concerns in a dynamic, complex, and heterogeneous digital ecosystem?

JCP-Connect provides effective and innovative security solutions to protect personal data against cyber-attacks while considering the application requirements. It exploits cutting-edge technologies to design appropriate situational-aware security strategies that protect the network and mitigate cyber crime while maintaining service continuity.

Mobile Edge Computing

Mobile Edge Computing allows applications to run at the network Edge. This provides multiple benefits to the user in term of capacity, and application latency. This new paradigms is triggering a lot of interest both for consumers and business related use. We are involved in these activities together with Turkish, Israelian and Portuguese partners. Our goal is to develop a pilot of MEC system which takes into account physical layer parameters to optimise the use of the system.

Beyond 5G wireless networking

The demand for wireless capacity increases exponentially. Researchers start investigating the new frequency bands 100 GHz to THz bands, to provide capacity in order of 100 Gb/s to the user. Many emerging applications will require high capacity like virtual reality. Additionally, beyond 5G network can provide an overlay to future lower frequency 5G networks. Caching and prefetching in that context is very efficient as the users are experiencing frequent disconnections at these high frequencies.

Disconnection predictor and contextual caching

Predicting imminent disconnections in WIFI networks is important to initiate a seamless “handover” between access points resulting in a continuous user experience. In relatively large scale WIFI networks (e.g. city)  there  often exists “gaps” between covered areas. To ensure continuous experience in this case, one needs to graciously handle these gaps until a client connects to the subsequent access point. A means is to prefetch content on the client device before a user requests it. 

CCN Interfaces for efficient caching in classical networks

Although CCN is designed to replace current IP network, it can also be applied on top of existing infrastructure. This has the advantage that CCNs caching technology can already be implemented in a network under user control and interact transparently with classical networks and third party applications. At JCP-Connect, we have developed a CCN proxy that for certain protocols (HTTP, SMTP, etc) translates CCN traffic to traditional IP traffic and vice versa. As a result content is automatically cached in the local network resulting in faster access and reduce bandwidth usage and costs.

Efficient and Adaptive Video Streaming

Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is an emerging standard for adaptive streaming that was recently ratified by ISO/IEC MPEG to overcome these problems. DASH is agnostic to the used codecs and supports different transport formats such as the ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF). JCP-Connect in collaboration with University of Klagenfurt, implemented DASH over CCN (DASC) and showed that thanks to in-network caching, the quality of the video progressively improves for end users.

European Projects

SCENE is a novel concept of a secure mobile IoT platform for smart city applications based on vehicular networks and targeting at mid-sized municipalities. It offers synergies among public projects and decreases costs of smart city initiatives.

MEC is a relatively new paradigm, considered as an enabling technology for 5G. It enables computation and storage capacity at the edge network and therefore its potential to reduce latency in access networks is real. In 5GMEDE, MEC will provide proximity, ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, real-time access to radio network information, location awareness for innovation and value creation. These benefits can be leveraged by applications to create a new value chain, and new revenue streams through agreements with application or content providers. Authorized third-party partners of operators, including application and content providers, can benefit from the radio access network (RAN) edge by promptly deploying innovative services and applications towards mobile subscribers, enterprises and other vertical segments. The project is intended to develop and evaluate the performance and energy efficiency of a MEC framework that will cover system level and host level capabilities as well as enriched real-time radio network information from the base station.

TERRANOVA envisions to extend the fibre-optic systems’ Quality of Experience to wireless links by exploiting frequencies above 275 GHz. This means reliable connectivity at extremely high data rates in the Tbit/s regime and almost ‘zero-latency’ for networks beyond 5G. In this project we are investigationing appropriate caching techniques to improve performance of these future networks in terms of latency and throughput. Caching and prefetching content is particularly efficient in THz network as this very high capacity network can be used of an overlay of 4G and future 5G networks.

 FORENSOR has developed a novel, ultra-low-power, intelligent, miniaturised, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor for evidence gathering by Law Enforcement Agencies. Based on novel CMOS architecture, the sensor is able to operate for a long period of time on a single battery, placed in remote and infrastructureless areas. The developed device is the combination of built-in intelligence with ultra-low power consumption, which is a true breakthrough for combating crime. JCP-Connect contributed to the development of wireless security features and has led business modelling, in order to facilitate commercial uptake of the developed innovation.

NADINE is targeted at helping migrants, refugees and public authorities at their integration into host societies. NADINE proposes a novel ICT and Artificial Intelligence empowered platform which helps to make game-based and objective skills assessment and therefore to match these skills to specific needs of host societies. On top of this, NADINE, propose training programs to make “skill shifting” of migrants and refugees towards better and faster integration into the host societies. JCP-Connect is playing important role in planning business exploitation of the targeted platform.