The CONNECT Centre (https://www.connectcentre.ie) at Trinity College Dublin uses a cognitive radio testbed based on a software-defined radio (SDR) system. This testbed supports experimentation with a mature SDR system running on a virtualized computational platform. The testbed is organized in experimentation units each consisting of three parts: a virtual computational platform, SDR software, and flexible radio frontend hardware.
The SDR system, known as IRIS has been developed in-house over the past fifteen years and allows the construction of a broad range of radio systems. Each experimentation unit is designed to serve a range of needs: Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) provides a highly configurable computation platform, IRIS provides real-time radio re-configurability, and the radio frontend hardware (based on the National Instruments USRP platform) offers a broad range of wireless interfaces.
Radio hardware is housed on the ceiling of the dedicated indoor testing space to provide users with a clean operating environment. The management infrastructure allows users to deploy experimentation units to compose arbitrary radio systems and network topologies as desired. These facilities enable and facilitate several international research- and education-related projects.
For further information, please contact Dr Johann Marquez-Barja at Johann.Marquez-Barja@tcd.ie
Pervasive Nation is CONNECT’s national-scale Internet of Things (IoT) research testbed based on a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking technology. It is funded by Science Foundation Ireland having won a Research Infrastructures Award in January 2016.
Pervasive Nation is building an Internet of Things testbed of scale which will become a resource for industry, government and academia and act as a strong catalyst for IoT research and innovation in Ireland. It supports pre-commercial exploration and supports concepts progressing along the technology readiness scale (up to TRL 7).
The Pervasive Nation infrastructure uses the latest off-the-shelf LPWAN technologies, software-defined radio and Application Enablement Platform (AEP) technologies.
Pervasive Nation is particularly suited to the connectivity and networking of small, simple devices in difficult to reach locations or in remote areas. Although Pervasive Nation has been built initially from LoRa technologies, it is capable of supporting multiple flavours of LPWA networks.
For further details, please contact the Pervasive Nation team at email@example.com
Pervasive Nation is a research programme of CONNECT. CONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for Future Networks and Communications, headquartered at Trinity College Dublin.
Nimbus is Ireland’s embedded electronic systems research centre. Nimbus’ national and international work has led to acclaimed publications and over 150 projects in conjunction with 75 companies, as well as 40 disclosures/ licences/ patents in the last four years.
The ‘can-do’ ethos and knowledge of the engineers and support staff, combined with a depth of industry experience, have made the industry interface (the Nimbus TEC Gateway) a one-stop shop for SME’s and individuals looking for practical solutions to their creative ideas. Many of the clients, both multinationals and start-ups, use the TEC Gateway to develop their product prototype to facilitate the next level of funding for their business, support large scale research projects and to demonstrate concepts to potential clients in a form that is tangible and real.
The Centre boasts a range of complementary research and development expertise. The research focus includes wireless sensor and actuator network design and analysis, vehicular and mobile network protocol design and analysis, sensor data fusion, radio localisation systems, embedded hardware design, miniaturisation, reliability analysis, embedded software systems, embedded interaction based user interfaces, cloud based software platforms, and system integration and optimisation tools.
Nimbus is funded under the Higher Education Authority’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The TEC Gateway is supported by Enterprise Ireland under the Technology Gateway Initiative.
LITMUS TESTBED SUITE AT NIMBUS
Litmus is a testbed suite located at Nimbus, comprising of an Energy Testbed, Water Testbed and Community Testbed.
Litmus is a public facility, open to industry and academia to develop, test, trial and demonstrate applications, products and services in real-world environments. Partners have access to a world-class team of experts and state-of-the-art equipment to support innovative projects across a range of fields.
THE ENERGY TEST BED AT NIMBUS
The Energy Testbed, located at the Nimbus Centre, is a whole-building ‘energy and power management technology demonstrator’, scalable to a district or campus level. It allows access to buildings and infrastructure to trial new control, heating, energy generation and storage technologies.
The facility is available to national and international commercial entities within the Energy space as an enabler to trial research and development work, particularly regarding demand-side management and intermittency issues. The test bed is also available for experimental work to higher education and industry-based institutions, as well as researcher both nationally and internationally.
THE WATER TESTBED AT NIMBUS
The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus Centre.
The Water Testbed creates an expert resource in modernizing Ireland’s water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological knowledge and leveraging both Councils’ experience in Water Resource operation.
The Water Testbed harnesses state-of-the-art technology in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring and much more. Current projects encompass embedded system design, wireless technologies, website design, programming, optics, sol-gel and polymer chemistry, electrochemistry, miniaturisation, case studies and workflow design.
The resulting innovations are being rolled out across County Cork, with a view to deploying to all city and county councils in Ireland. Alongside more efficient water services and monitoring processes, the Water Testbed is a catalyst for the creation of new Irish-based enterprise and jobs.
THE COMMUNITY TESTBED AT NIMBUS
Nimbus has engaged the support of the council, businesses and citizens of Mallow (10,000 population), to use the town as a large-scale Community Testbed for connected networks and innovative products & services, ensuring usability before commercial roll-out.
Creating and commercialising new networked systems is a complex process - in many cases the only way to effectively determine the likely success of these systems is to trial them in real-world environments. The Community Testbed provides end-users and the necessary infrastructure (including a 1Gbs fibre connection for research purposes) to develop, test, trial and demonstrate applications, products and services in real-world environments.
Current research projects being undertaken in Mallow include, amongst others, energy saving systems, smart heritage tours and smart lighting solutions.
The Community Testbed is the first of its type in the country and has secured €1 million of funding for projects that will be deployed live in Mallow.
Benefits of Litmus for Industry
Further information can be found here.
National Research, test and demonstration facility for marine informaion and communications technologies (ICT)The SmartBay pilot infrastructure was established by the Irish Marine Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008. The facility is deployed in Galway Bay on the West Coast of Ireland. SmartBay Ireland is facilitating the development of innovative approaches to distributed sensing, communication and data management/visualisation technologies through deployment in a real world marine environment. For more informaion please click here.