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Advanced Networked embedded platform as a Gateway to Enhance quality of Life

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Type of the project:EU IST FP6 project, STREP
IST SO:Embedded systems
Project Reference:033506
Launch:June 2006
Duration:30 months
Consortium:8 partners from 5 countries
Coordinator:Telecom Italia, Italy



The main objective of this project is to develop methods and tools for building heterogeneous systems in which Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and traditional communication networks cooperate to monitor and improve the quality of life in common habitats, e.g., home, car and city environment. In particular the maintenance of the personal health potentiality will be addressed.

In the analysed scenario, users communicate with WSN's through a dedicated node called gateway. This node is responsible for injecting queries into the network, gathering responses and presenting them to users. The gateway communicates with the WSN through short-range wireless links, and it interacts with the user directly or remotely through traditional communication networks both wire-line and mobile.
Relevance to HYDRA:The project considers the mobile handset as the ad hoc gateway. The usage of a co-simulation tool, based on NS-2, SystemC and ISS, guarantees the optimised interaction between the ad hoc network and the mobile infrastructure. Moreover thanks to this co-simulation environment a fine-tuning of the protocol stack and algorithms, to obtain efficient synergy and design optimisation. The project addresses the security issues in terms of encryption algorithms and protocols to define a trusted architecture.