Deliverables 2.3 and 7.1 of the SANSA are now available.

Deliverable 2.3 “Shared Access Terrestrial-Satellite Backhaul Network enabled by Smart Antennas” defines the appropriate use cases, with its possible assumptions and constraints, and defines and forms the overall system architecture in an end-to-end fashion. It also looks at the technical challenges to be addressed when designing our proposed solutions and how they are improving the current state-of-the-art. It is also defining the Key Performance Indicators to be used while evaluating, comparing and selecting among different technological solutions. The material documented in D2.3 will allow the SANSA consortium to define the reference scenarios, the overall system architectures, the research challenges/requirements and the Key Performance Indicators.

Deliverable 7.1 “Initial dissemination and exploitation report” is the first document that describes the dissemination, standardization and exploitation plan of the project after 12 months of operation. Precisely, this deliverable proposes an initial plan for dissemination and knowledge management.

The first technical and project management meeting of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme’s project SANSA took place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 July 2015 at AIT’s premises 44 Kifissias Avenue, Maroussi, Athens, Greece, being hosted by B-WiSe Lab and Professor Constantinos B. Papadias.

The meeting was attended by representatives by all SANSA partners, who reviewed the progress of the first two quarters of the project and set forth the work plan ahead.

The meeting was coordinated by Professor Ana Isabel Perez (CTTC)

Moreover, the participants also had the opportunity to be toured at AIT’s B-WiSE Lab


More information on B-WiSe Lab can be found below:

Broadband Wireless and Sensor Networks Laboratory

Short-Range Wireless (SRW) communication systems and networks is a focal point of AIT's research. In addition to the extensive R&D work in the field, the B-WiSE group has established a state-of-the-art integrated wireless systems laboratory comprising several WLAN, Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to facilitate its study and system level evaluation of secure, broadband  wirele  ss and sensor networks. In support of its research in the area of sensor networking, the B-WiSE group has deployed an extensive network of indoor sensors including a multitude of custom-made and COTS type of sensors (Berkeley Motes, Bluetooth, Zigbee nodes, etc).
Specific research activities in the above fields include: secure multimedia transmission over ad-hoc and mesh networks; co-existence, interoperability and interworking issues in the presence of multiple heterogeneous networks; distributed signal processing algorithms and simulation tools for energy-efficient wireless sensor networks.

From 26th to 28th of January two events where collocated at the ETSI premises in Sophia Antipolis (France). On the one side it was held the Workshop on Future Radio Technologies: Air Interfaces. The objective of this workshop was to identify innovative solutions related to future network air interfaces which should be objects of study of existing or new working groups inside ETSI. The SANSA consortium contributed with a joint positioning paper giving and overview of all project activities. It was presented by Prof. Ana I. Pérez-Neira (CTTC) in a session devoted to satellite communications and PHY layer security. Remarkably, the conclusions of the workshop identified the interest on a horizontal X-haul activity, integrating all potential fronthaul and backhaul technologies, from optical fibber to satellite communications, which would be definitely align with the SANSA research lines.

On the other side, it took place a meeting of the Satellite and Navigation (SCN) Working Group of ETSI. Within this meeting, it was also organized a Workshop on 5G and satellite with the objective of identifying synergies and ways of integration of the satellite segment in 5G networks. Along the workshop the activities of several H2020 ICT projects such as 5GNORMA, FANTASTIC5G, METIS II, mmMAGIC, VITAL and COHERENT where presented. SANSA solutions were also presented by Xavier Artiga (CTTC). The satellite integration in 5G was further discussed in the context of a dedicated Working Item which aims to deliver a technical report for clearly supporting this integration. SANSA will definitely contribute to this technical report proposing the SANSA network architecture.

SANSA project has been presented in a poster session at the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC2015) which took place on 29 June - 2 July 2015 in Paris, France.

EUCNC is a big showcase for the research projects funded by the European Commission in the domain of communication networks. Under the conference lemma “5G, shaping the vision”, the most relevant aspects of future 5G networks such as requirements, scenarios and use cases or technology candidates have been deeply discussed.

Among them, presentations, projects and demonstrations have addressed millimetre-wave technology as a solution for the backhaul network in the small cells context. However, one remarkably conclusion from one of the keynote sessions has been that centimetre–waves, 6GHz to 30GHz, cannot be forgotten as a good complexity-cost–performance trade-off solution for the first stages of 5G.

Therefore, it turns out that SANSA concept is very well aligned with the 5G vision and that the choice of Ka band indeed strengthen the impact of the project.