The Network Planning and Mobile Communications Laboratory group was funded at the beginning of the 90s, at  the  same  time  when  the  Telecommunications  Engineering  degree  was  deployed  within  the  University  of  Cantabria. Its research activity is related to wireless IP, network management, mobile networks, advanced data  transmission techniques and traffic engineering. Expertise areas are the following:

  • Protocols and architecture design and implementation for mobile communication networks, gathering a huge  experience in routing algorithms and MAC layer behavior for these different mobile technologies.
  • Context  management  and  context-aware  solutions  from  network  to  application  level,  through  the  implementation of different schemes, based on the provided information, to manage the access to the network
  • Middleware  platforms  for  sensor  networks  and  other  mobile  technologies,  in  order  to  uniform  and  homogenize the access to subjacent sensor technologies from the upper layers.
  • Internet of Things for service provision and experimentation including deployment and installation issues, as  well as the management of the whole network, the execution of different researching experiments and the  provision of several services to the citizens.

The relevance of the research activities of the Group is supported by the intense and successful participation in  different research programmes, both with national (CENIT, INNPACTO, PSE) and international public scope (FP5,  FP6, FP7), as well as private funding, bringing about the establishment of a number of collaborations with the industry, fostering the university/industry couple, key factor to reach the quality within the R&D/Innovation  activities.   One additional parameter which somehow proves the relevance of the research activities within the Group is the  participation of its members in different publications, of recognized international prestige, as well as part of  Technical Programme Committees, for both conferences and magazines.

Main role in the project:

UC will be providing the SmartSantander platfom in the RADICAL project, while also providing relevant expertise  associated with the development and deployment of IoT applications. UC will also be in charge of the pilot  operations at the Santander region, covering the full cycle of services deployment, validation and evaluation  (according to the living labs approach).

Expected benefits:

  • Increase the use cases portfolio offered by the city of Santander and Cantabria region, implementing all  the use cases developed in the rest of cities and regions within RADICAL Consortium.
  • Include social networking platforms in future and already deployed use cases, taking advantage of the  outcomes provided by social networking projects included within RADICAL project.
  • Derive  tools  and  techniques  for  the  consideration  of  different  environments  and  the  corresponding  adaptation of the services implemented in other RADICAL Consortium cities, within the city of Santander  and Cantabria region.
  • Consolidate cross border use cases cooperation between Cantabria region and others.
  • Design and assess a business model and exploitation plan addressing sustainability.


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