The need for high-performance communication networks and technologies has never been stronger. FUTEBOL has created its own infrastructure to facilitate the emergence of collaborative innovations around the world.
The world has never been so connected as today. In addition to the smartphones that most of us use every day to communicate, a whole new set of services is emerging on the horizon, such as Industry 4.0massive connectivity of sensor and actuator-based devices, and autonomous and connected vehicles. Communication networks that span the world consist of a combination of wired and wireless systems, fiber optics and cloud infrastructures. As demand for faster, more reliable and more efficient communications continues to grow, it seems essential that technological developments keep pace.
However, as wireless technologies continue to innovate, new challenges and challenges arise that require the integration and cooperation of optical and wireless network architectures. These new challenges are particularly evident in emerging and developing economies, as in Brazil. Improving these connections and facilitating technological breakthroughs would also help more mature markets, such as the EU, which is seeking to re-establish its position at the forefront of communication technologies.
To do this, it would be necessary to share knowledge and expertise on an international level. But that’s exactly what the FUTEBOL project, funded by Horizon 2020, has done. FUTEBOL has set up its own communication infrastructure that can be used by researchers working for universities and industries around the world to do just that. advance the most advanced optical and wireless technologies. The FUTEBOL infrastructure allows users to test applications for industrial robotics and the Internet of Things. Trinity College Dublinand project coordinator of the FUTEBOL project.
Creating new connections The idea was to put in place a structure for communication and experimentation to design, develop prototypes and test next-generation network services. FUTEBOL has created a system of collaboration between Europe and Brazil to which users can access to experiment and to carry out research fed by information from the industrial sector. The distributed search infrastructure allows remote users to access the facility and test new devices or conduct new experiments from what already exists, exploiting a heterogeneous set of computing, wireless and optical resources.
For example, the FUTEBOL team worked with cloud robotics experts who wanted to test the ability to control a mobile robot on a pre-specified route by running the processing from the cloud. The experiment used wireless connectivity to accurately locate the robot in real-time and sophisticated processing for motion control and correction. The field of cloud radio access networks, one of the key components of the5G network to come, is another example. Mobile network operators can deploy simpler (and cheaper) antennas and use the abundant processing resources available in the cloud to meet most signal processing needs.
To build the test infrastructure for solutions in this space, FUTEBOL brought together experts in wireless networks, optical networks, and cloud computing. A global resource Now available to researchers around the world, this infrastructure is also used in higher education. Since the end of the project, FUTEBOL has continued to expand and evolve, including through another program is known as FIBER and based in Brazil. “The level of collaboration between academic and industrial partners in Europe and Brazil was truly amazing.
The experiences and all the software developments of the project were the results of a collaboration between multiple partners. That we have been able to work together, despite the distances, to produce results in terms of infrastructure and research that will have a lasting impact is something we are really proud of, “says Professor DaSilva.