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  • Exhibition stand 8: Aerial Base Stations with Opportunistic Links for Unexpected &Temporary Events

ABSOLUTE project participated at EUCNC-2014 conference in Bologna-Italy.  Four main demonstrations are foreseen:

  1. The first one will illustrate the Portable Land Mobile Unit sub-system. It will be composed of a suitcase having 3G Base station, WiFi access point, Wireless Sensor Network, computing platform etc... Dedicated mobile phones and tablets showing applications developed in the scope of the project will be connected to the PLMU.
  2. The second demonstration will provide the first LTE results with Radio Remote head and Baseband components. This demonstration will not illustrate all functionalities but will provide a view of the current developments.
  3. The third demonstration will consist of a video illustrating system simulations that are performed in the project. This video can be viewed on a computer.
  4. The fourth demonstration will be a video of trails that have been performed with the aerial platform. This could be viewed on a big screen in the booth.

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The video about the ABSOLUTE demo is available at:




The objective of this video is to describe the packet and system level modeling simulation of ABSOLUTE network features to obtain Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to enable the dimensioning of the lab-testbed and related comparisons. In this video, the general approaches for simulations are presented as well as the description of each simulator with its different components. The scenarios to be simulated and the expected results from the simulations are also detailed.



Here is the fifth EAB bulletin from ABSOLUTE, keeping you up to date on the project’s progress.

Having succeeded Jim Strother in late September 2013, I have spent the intervening period getting to grips with the ambition, intent and challenges that Project ABSOLUTE presents. The EU Project Officer convened a Technical Review of ABSOLUTE in Brussels on 9 December 2013 (more later) and preparations for the next ABSOLUTE quarterly project meeting (#5) in Paris between 5th and 7th February 2014 are underway.

As reported in Bulletin #4, the Project ABSOLUTE User Requirements (Deliverable D2.2.2) was delivered at the end of September 2013. The User Requirements set some challenging technological targets for the ABSOLUTE system in terms of reach, interoperability, capacity and connectivity. Separately, sub-system requirements have been collated by the developers of the sub-system components. The sub-system requirements considered together, collectively make-up the ABSOLUTE System Requirements. The ABSOLUTE programme provided the opportunity for the sub-system developers, having considered the user requirements, to seek further clarification and to address any issues of ambiguity back to the users in the form of a ‘corrective questionnaire’. The System Requirements have been mapped to the User Requirements. This has enabled a determination of the functionality that will be present in the system at the demonstration (September 2015) and in the fully developed capability. In undertaking the mapping process, a small number of questions have been compiled into a ‘Corrective Questionnaire to the User Representatives (Deliverable D2.4.1). This was sent to EAB members on 3 January 2014. It is testament to the efforts of the user community and the well structured requirements generation process overseen by my predecessor that so few questions have been generated by the sub-system developers. The return date for responses is 28 February 2014 and the results will be published in the next bulletin.

The project annual review took place with the European Commission Review Officer (Mr Jorge Carvalho) on 9th December in Brussels. All work package leaders were present with the co-ordinator (Isabelle) and myself. The review focussed on first year achievements; the research into current state of the art technologies, the considerable effort invested with the user to define the user requirements, the definition of technical specifications for the main ABSOLUTE components (and overall architecture) and finally, the commencement of the study of algorithms to support cognitive dynamic spectrum management. It was also noted that the project had started to contribute to the state-of-the-art, as proven by the publications in journals and participation in relevant conferences. The project was assessed as ‘Good’, having achieved most of its objectives and technical goals for the period with relatively minor deviations. Notwithstanding, the Review Board sought further information and clarification as to which of the design work in WP2 (User Requirements), WP3 (Cognitive Dynamic Spectrum Management) and WP4 (Opportunistic Communications and Networking Solutions) will be implemented in the demonstrator and have requested a further intermediate technical review in June 2014.

The next project meeting takes place in Paris between 5-7th February 2014. The length of the meeting has been extended to enable time to be focussed on addressing the specific issues raised at the project review. I will be able to update the meeting in respect to the responses received to the ‘Correct Questionnaire (D.2.4.1).

Don’t forget the public project web-site at , and the blog which Jim had been updating on user related matters from time to time. My ABSOLUTE New Year’s Resolution is to provide regular updates on the web-site viz-a-viz progress. At the recent review, the Reviewers enquired as to why the EAB Bulletins were not on the public side of the web-site. Noting their contentment for wider promulgation of ABSOLUTE related information, it was agreed that all previous and future EAB bulletins would be placed in the public area. I will encourage the partners to report progress in their respective areas (via posts) as the research and development phase progresses. There will continue to be within the partners’ section, a special area for EAB members, where we will upload information of interest to you but not always for public view.

If you have not yet registered please, please contact me via e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and I will forward to you the necessary details.

Milestone 2 (MS2) – First project EAB meeting – by M8 (May 2013) - complete

Milestone 4 (MS4) – Second project EAB meeting – by M18 (March 2014) - awaits

Project deliverable D 1.8 External Activities Report – M12 (September 2013) – complete

Project deliverable D 2.4.1 – Corrective questionnaire for the user representatives – by M15 (December 2013)complete


Looking forward to a continuing fruitful relationship within Project ABSOLUTE,

Best Regards,


Gary Hughes

User requirements and EAB

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IEEE APSEC Workshop 2014 (Part of IEEE ICC 2014)

International Workshop on Advances in Public Safety and Emergency Communications (APSEC 2014)

Co-located with IEEE ICC 2014
Sydney, Australia
14 June 2014

The APSEC workshop aims to discuss the most recent trends and technological considerations for future public safety and emergency response communications. The broad areas of interest include rapidly deployable network architectures, wireless technologies, cognitive and self-organizing communications, software-defined radio, device-to-device communications, interoperability considerations, spectrum availability and management, standardization and regulatory aspects. The workshop will bring together researchers, industry fora and relevant user community to share the future research perspectives of public safety and emergency communications and is a timely initiative given the growing importance and outreach for disaster management communication techniques and integrated solutions for public safety communications. Besides the technical insights, the workshop will encourage the participants to discuss among each other. We are seeking papers for oral presentations which present mature results and short papers that can be selected as poster presentation and possibly accompanied with demonstrations or testbeds.



  • New paper submission deadline: 31/12/2013
  • 09/08/2013: workshop website online!




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Best Paper Award at IEEE International Symposium of Wireless Communications Systems

Nils Morozs wins Best Paper Award at IEEE International Symposium of Wireless Communications Systems


Nils Morozs in conjunction with co-authors Tim Clarke and David Grace all from University of York won a best paper award at IEEE ISWCS 2013 in Ilmenau, Germany back at the end of August. The paper, ‘A Novel Adaptive Call Admission Control Scheme for Distributed Reinforcement Learning Based Dynamic Spectrum Access in Cellular Networks’, applies artificial intelligence to reduce the need for accurate spectrum sensing in future cognitive radio networks. Nils is currently just completing the first year of his PhD at York, and this was his first submitted paper.

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Project start date
1 October 2012

36 Months

Funding Scheme
FP7 Integrated Project (IP)


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