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5G-Crosshaul >

The Integrated fronthaul/backhaul is a 30-month collaborative project, part of the H2020 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) Infrastructure, addressing the topic “ICT 14 – 2014: Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet” of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. The aim of the project is to define and develop an adaptive, sharable, cost-efficient 5G transport network solution integrating the fronthaul and backhaul networks with all their wire and wireless technologies in a common packet based transport network under an SDN-based (software defined networks) and NFV-enabled (network functions virtualization) common control. This transport network will flexibly interconnect distributed 5G radio access and core network functions, hosted on in-network cloud infrastructures. It will greatly simplify and accelerate network operations, reduce the network cost, and enable system-wide orchestration and optimization for enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) and energy saving, as well as the development of network-aware applications.
The 5G-Crosshaul consortium comprises 21 partners including leading telecom industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academic institutions.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671598.*


5G-NORMA brings light into the emerging 5G radio access network architectures considering an evolution towards a “network of functions”. 5G-NORMA contributes five fundamental innovations:

  • Mobile Network Multi-tenancy to support on-demand allocation of Radio Access Network  and Core Network resources in a fully multi-tenant environment
  • Software Defined mobile Network  Orchestration (SDMO) applies SDN/NFV principles to mobile network functions
  • Multi-service- and context-aware adaptation of network functions to support a variety of services and corresponding QoE/QoS requirements
  • Adaptive (de)composition and allocation of mobile network functions
  • Joint optimization of mobile access and core network functions

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671584.*


The 5G CONFIG project is a collaborative initiative of strong European players from industry, SME and academia, aiming at a modularized Control-Plane architecture in support of flexible network tailoring and slicing for various verticals. Technical objectives include the specification of the architecture’s functional building blocks and associated reference points, as well as operational details to enable an access-independent, common core network. Further objectives target at solutions for smart connectivity to optimize the service for a huge variety of device- and application types with different communication- and mobility patterns. The project’s work on a value-adding framework for the collection of data points and the exposure of context information enriches the operation of the 5G CONFIG architecture and serves as enabler for smart connectivity.
The 5G CONFIG project is a private industry research initiative, coordinated by Deutsche Telekom and supported by research institutes and universities.


5G networks will have to cope with very a dynamic and flexible environment consisting of virtual resources that can be instantiated and released on demand to meet the next-generation connectivity requirements. The heterogeneous nature of the new networks, devices, and services will raise new security concerns. The 5G-ENSURE project brings to the 5G PPP a consortium of telco and network operators, IT providers and cyber security experts addressing priorities for security and resilience in 5G networks. The project will (1) define a 5G security architecture needed to expand the mobile ecosystem and giving operators a platform for entirely new business opportunities, (2) develop a set of non-intrusive security enablers (AAA, privacy, trust, monitoring, network management and virtualization isolation) for 5G networks, and (3) initiate a 5G security testbed in which the project’s security enablers will be evaluated.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671562.*


BEBA targets at new extensions for OpenFlow switches (both hardware and software) that perform stateful in-switch computing tasks while retaining compatibility to standard OpenFlow. To do this, BEBA defines a programming abstraction in the form of eXtended Finite State Machines (XFSMs). Via platform-agnostic XFSM "programs", operators and enterprises will deploy not only static packet forwarding/processing rules (as in current OpenFlow devices), but will be able to specify and wire-speed enforce how such rules shall dynamically adapt to the time-varying flow and traffic behavior, i.e. in reaction to packet-level events, internal statistics changes, link/queue conditions, etc.
In the BEBA project, NEC Laboratories Europe will work towards high performance data plane software acceleration for packet switching and will contribute scalable control plane extensions and innovative monitoring use cases for the BEBA platform.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 644122*

CleanSky >

The CleanSky  project is a Marie Curie ITN (Innovative Training Networks) that aims to develop innovative ideas in the emerging areas within the "eco-system" of cloud computing: data center evolution, consolidation and service migration, and beyond, via structural training of young researchers. To achieve this goal, CleanSky creates a multidisciplinary (computer science, telecommunications, scientific computing and optimization theory), international (four European countries plus USA and China) and intersectoral (public and private; education and industry) environment to embed a pool of young researchers for innovative research in cloud computing.
CleanSky develops innovative methodologies and approaches (i) to satisfy application requirements and ensure efficiency for cloud computing, (ii) to optimize the energy and provisioning costs of individual data centers, (iii) to consolidate, when necessary, multiple data centers to a small set of cloud data center sites through service migration and cloud resource pooling, and (iv) to exploit renewable energy sources in cloud data centers. – City Platform as a Service.Integrated and Open > is a joint R&D project between Europe and Japan. It aims at Innovations for Smart City. This involves creating value for the society and all players in the city environment – people, private enterprises, public administrations. To reach this goal, the platform integrates the capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics and cloud service provisioning with Open Government Data and Linked Data approaches.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 723076.*


The CROSSFIRE project is a Marie Curie ITN (Innovative Training Networks) that focuses on providing forward-looking solutions for Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) networks and beyond considering co-existence aspects with current mobile technologies ranging from the physical layer such as co-channel interference, small cell solutions and cognition to the user perception of the service, i.e., Quality of Experience (QoE). The project analyzes network virtualization solutions for LTE-A networks, investigating wireless SDN and open access, 3GPP network sharing and multi-tenancy, and elastic RAN resource allocation mechanisms, which are envisioned to transform the operation of cellular networks towards 5G in the years to come.


FIESTA works towards providing a blueprint experimental infrastructure, tools, techniques, processes and best practices enabling IoT testbed/platforms operators to interconnect their facilities in an interoperable way, while at the same time facilitating researchers and solution providers in designing and deploying large scale integrated applications (experiments) that transcend the (silo) boundaries of individual IoT platforms or testbeds. FIESTA will enable researchers and experimenters to share and reuse data from diverse IoT testbeds in a seamless and flexible way by making information available on a semantic level. This will open up new opportunities in the development and deployment of experiments that exploit data and capabilities from multiple testbeds.
NEC Laboratories Europe will create an experiment that is portable across different FIESTA testbeds, requiring only different configurations. It serves the purpose of showing that semantic interoperability across different IoT infrastructures can be achieved, thereby greatly simplifying the development of applications.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 643943*

Flex5Gware >

The overall objective of the Flex5Gware project is to design and prototype highly reconfigurable hardware (HW) platforms together with HW-agnostic software (SW) platforms targeting both network elements and devices and taking into account increased capacity, reduced energy footprint, as well as scalability and modularity, to enable a smooth transition from 4G mobile wireless systems to 5G (i.e., meet the requirements imposed by the anticipated exponential growth in mobile data traffic together with the large diversity of applications ranging from low bit-rate/power for M2M to interactive and high resolution applications). In the Flex5Gware project, NEC Laboratories Europe works on the performance optimizations of signal processing in software in order to build scalable and virtualized software base stations.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671563.*


The METRICS project is a Marie Curie ITN (Innovative Training Networks) that aims to study the factors that influence our understanding of the performance of the global Internet. The METRICS project is organized around three main scientific lines of work: 1) Advanced instrumentation for future IP networks; 2) Big data analysis in support of advanced network management and operations; and 3) APIs and applications for advanced network monitoring capabilities.
In the METRICS project, NEC Laboratories Europe is working on big data analytics specializing in algorithms that extract value from network data.


MOBiNET is "the Internet of (Transport and) Mobility". It is an Internet-based network linking travellers, transport users, transport system operators, service providers, content providers and transport infrastructure. It connects users (people, businesses, objects) with suppliers (operators, providers, systems), and brokers (or helps to broker their interactions).

NEC Laboratories Europe is active in the project on various aspects. First, we are developing Platform supportive services as Data Quality Assessment technology that allows to monitor anomalies on sensor or probe data from the vehicles. Second, we are providing communication capabilities for the connectivity of the Mobile MOBiNET applications to the MOBiNET platform. Then, we are providing the service directory technology, which allows the publication and discovery of mobility services. Furthermore, we are providing a configurable Dashboard and the data analytics functions to identify key performances of the MOBiNET platform.

OrPHEuS (Optimising Hybrid Energy Grids for Smart Cities) >

The OrPHEuS project works on cooperative local grid and inter-grid control strategies for optimal interactions between multiple energy grids. OrPHEuS simultaneously optimizes individual response requirements, energy efficiencies and energy savings of multiple utilities.
NEC Laboratories Europe's contribution focuses on the Control Strategies for Cooperative Coexistence design to achieve improved energy utilization levels and power balancing control throughout all energy network operations. The strategies target technical optimization within and across the involved grids linked on the coupling points, and exploit technical benefits with the economical and societal benefits. A further research focus is on the enhancements of the IT infrastructure of utility companies towards Smart city operation concepts.

REPLICATE (REnaissance in PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And TEchnology)

The REPLICATE project belongs to the EU “Lighthouse” projects for Smart Cities and Communities. This project involves deriving solutions aiming to provide increasing quality of life for citizens through innovative new services in the digitalized city. The project will be deployed in Bristol/UK, San Sebastien/ Spain and Florence/ Italy. Through the integration of energy, transportation and ICT service solution, the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services will be demonstrated in close engagement with the citizens. In the REPLICATE project, NEC Laboratories Europe contributes cooperative control strategies in the energy management system of selected districts in Bristol city. We focus on the control of the demand-supply for increased local exploitation of fluctuating supply across multiple public infrastructures, integrating power/heating grid, transportation, buildings and connected homes.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 691735.*

SCOUT (Safe and COnnected aUtomation in road Transport) >

SCOUT is a Coordination and Support Action within the Horizon 2020 programme. It has started on July 1, 2016 and will develop viable pathways for the large-scale rollout of high-degree automated driving in Europe. The project will bring together the automotive, telecom and ICT industries in order to conceive use cases and business models that will best leverage the investments into technology development and infrastructure deployment. User needs and expectations as well as technical and non-technical gaps will be analyzed and the results will be condensed into a cross-sectorial roadmap.


The objective of the FP7 SMARTIE project is to create a distributed framework to share large volumes of heterogeneous information for use in smart-city applications. It focuses specifically on end-to-end security and trust in information delivery for decision-making purposes following the data owner's privacy requirements. A secure, trusted, but easy to use IoT system for a Smart City will benefit the various stakeholders of a smart city: The city administration will have it easier to get information from their citizens while protecting their privacy. The various service providers can offer more reliable services if quality and trust of the underlying information are ensured.
NEC Laboratories Europe's contributions to the project are to increase trust in sensors for authorization of access requests, and in the back-end for privacy-preserving processing of IoT-Data and setting up IoT-Services.


In the context of 5G networks and the broad field of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), the SONATA project targets the flexible programmability of software networks as well as the optimization of their deployments. In the SONATA, NEC Laboratories Europe together with 14 partners, develops a Software Development Kit (SDK) to support the development of new Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) using a modern agile approach leveraging an integrated DevOps methodology. The SDK tools span from simplified template creation to packaging and an integrated service emulator. Moreover, SONATA implements an ETSI-compliant Management and Orchestration (MANO) platform to execute, manage, and orchestrate virtualized network services. Using this platform, we investigate new and challenging concepts, like continuous integration and deployment for NFV, to reduce the delivery time of network service significantly from weeks/months to hours/days. This will provide new insights on how to build future software networks.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671517.*


SSICLOPS will empower enterprises to create and operate a high-performance private cloud infrastructure that allows flexible scaling through federation with other private clouds. SSICLOPS will identify performance issues and missing system features of current state of the art cloud infrastructure software by instrumenting and measuring a diverse set of actual cloud workloads. It will then address these shortcomings through novel cloud infrastructure protocols and mechanisms in order to maximize the performance across a broad spectrum of workloads.

Within SSICLOPS, NEC Laboratories Europe will investigate enhancing programmability of network elements, making datacenter networks better adaptable to specific requirements of application workload and transport protocols. NEC Laboratories Europe will continue innovating software-based networked systems including software switches, flexible architectures for host stacks, and richer APIs to higher layers

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 644866*


The SUPERFLUIDITY project aims at achieving superfluidity (state in which matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity) in the Internet: the ability to instantiate services on-the-fly, run them anywhere in the network (core, aggregation, edge) and shift them transparently to different locations.
SUPERFLUIDITY aims to provide in this way a converged cloud-based 5G concept that will enable innovative use cases in the mobile edge, empower new business models, and reduce investment and operational costs. In the SUPERFLUIDITY project, NEC Laboratories Europe works on the performance optimization operating systems and hypervisors in order to create virtual network functions that can support the superfluidity vision.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671566.*


The project TEAM envisions an integrated mobility system, where travelers, drivers, vehicles and the infrastructure construct a seamless and sustainable collaborative network. Collaboration is the key concept towards enhanced and environmentally aware mobility for all citizens, building on cooperative systems, reliable real-time data, and on active participation of all network actors. To achieve this, TEAM combines automotive cloud and distributed computing technologies with novel communication technologies to bring relevant dynamic information to all road participants for collaborative decision making.
In the TEAM project, NEC Laboratories Europe will work on cooperative V2X communication technologies for multi-technology networks and will contribute towards algorithms for transportation data analytics and for cooperative trajectory merging.


The TREDISEC project aims to develop systems and techniques to make the cloud a secure and efficient heaven to store data. By doing so, TREDISEC plans to step away from a myriad of disconnected security protocols or cryptographic algorithms, and to converge instead to a single secure cloud framework.
In the TREDISEC project, NEC Laboratories Europe focuses on the analysis and implementation of a set of cloud security primitives to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of outsourced data in the presence of a powerful attacker. In addition, our proposed security primitives will enable scalable and efficient storage at the cloud by supporting data deduplication. TREDISEC technologies will be tested and evaluated in cloud environments by leveraging realistic use-cases provided by the cloud infrastructures and client-bases of TREDISEC partners.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 644412.*


Within the domain of online advertising, the lack of transparency regarding tracking techniques and the type of information companies collect about users is creating increasing concerns in society.
The TYPES project aims to cope with this challenge by defining, implementing, and validating, in pre-market status, a holistic framework of technologies and tools that should enable the end user to: i) configure the privacy settings so that only the information allowed by the end-user is collected by online advertising platforms; ii) understand the flow of their information within the online advertising ecosystem and how it is being used; iii) detect episodes of information collection occurring without consent and identify the offender; and iv) know the value of their data. In the TYPES project, NEC Laboratories Europe works on design and implementation of privacy safeguarding tools allowing end users to define which data they wish to share with advertising platforms and enforce that only this data can be collected.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 653449.*

VirtuWind >

The VirtuWind project targets an SDN/NFV ecosystem, based on open, modular and secure framework. This project will showcase a prototype for intra- and inter-domain scenarios in real wind parks as a representative use case of industrial networks. To accomplish this task, the project develops specific mechanisms guaranteeing industrial-grade QoS, security, reliability and resilience requirements for mission-critical infrastructures. At the same time, the project aims to simplify service programmability by exposing high-level APIs for industrial applications in SDN/NFV infrastructures. Simplified and centralized network management and service deployment facilitates operational tasks for wind park operators and increases overall service velocity. As a result, the VirtuWind project is aimed at providing solutions for decreasing capital and operational expenditure costs in wind parks and in the energy generation sector in overall.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671648.*

Wise-IoT (World-wide Interoperability for Semantic IoT) >

WISE IoT is a collaboration project between Europe and the Republic of Korea. It aims at amplifying the interoperability and interworking of IoT existing systems. The project will use the experiences already available in the consortium to build up a comprehensive mediation framework that can be used between various IoT systems.
WISE IoT also strives to establish federated and interoperable platforms while ensuring end-to-end security and trust for reliable business environments with a multiplicity of IoT applications. Setting up synergies with national and international initiatives in both Europe and Korea, the project takes action in the field of standardization, promoting IoT development and interoperability.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 723156.*

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* This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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