Partner profiles

Eurescom (EURESCOM), Germany

EURESCOM - European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications - GmbH

Eurescom GmbH – is a leading international project management company in the area of collaborative R&D in ICT. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, Eurescom provides comprehensive services for initiating, managing and supporting collaborative research projects, initiatives and programmes in the ICT sector.

During the past 20 years, Eurescom has gained outstanding experience in managing international collaborative projects for network operators, service providers, and suppliers in the telecommunications sector, using a dynamic network of experts. In addition to managing its private R&D programme, Eurescom has many years of experience in managing EU-funded research projects since FP5 and the secretariats of multinational R&D initiatives, including the office of EUREKA Cluster CELTIC as well as the secretariat of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). Eurescom is an active participant of the Public-Private-Partnership on Future Internet (FI-PPP) and the FIRE initiative.

Eurescom has successfully completed more than 300 projects with a total volume of over 30,000 person-months in the area of telecommunications, published more than 1,000 deliverables, and organised over 100 workshops and seminars. In addition to excellence in project management, Eurescom also has proven ICT tools for effective project support, which are distributed under the brand name EuresTools®.


B-COM (B-COM), France

B-COM (www.b-com.com) is one of the 8 French Institutes of Technology launched by French government in 2010 and certified in 2012. B-COM is legally a private research foundation (non-profit) viewed as an SME by the European Commission. The objective of the institutes is to achieve excellence in the most competitive sectors such as Networks and Infrastructure technologies that will integrate the next generations of mobile, wired and wireless networks.


B-COM is registered under PIC number n°948011362.

B-COM has its own R&I task forces with 3 labs dedicated to Networks & Security domain:

  • Network Interfaces dedicated to 5G fibre and radio (see http://b-com.com/en/innovation-fields/network-interfaces )
  • Network Architecture dedicated to convergence and network function virtualization (see http://b-com.com/en/innovation-fields/future-networks-architecture )
  • Cloud Computing (see http://b-com.com/en/innovation-fields/cloud-computing)

B-COM is :

  • Member of ETSI and take an active part in ETSI RRS working group
  • Member of Networld2020 European Technology Platform, taking part into 5G-PPP SDN working group
  • Member of French Cyber-security cluster and Images & Réseaux cluster

B-COM has close links with large companies (like Orange and TDF), as well as famous French academics (INRIA, INSA Rennes, Supelec, Mines-Telecom Institute, Brest & Rennes University).

B B-COM has been certified ISO9001 in January 2016. This certification is important since B-COM will commercialize its technology to the larger industry as SME for the tier-3 market.

Easy Global Market (EGM), France

EGM is providing solutions and services to develop market confidence in technologies making the global market easy for companies looking for globalisation. EGM is specialised in validation, interoperability, Certification and label programmes including for FIRE and ITS areas. EGM is working with state of the art tools and validation approaches and advanced techniques using experience gained by   EGM’ Directors working in +20 FP projects. EGM is currently involved in 8 FP7 &H2020 projects including IoT, Cyber-Physical systems (H2020 U-TEST on uncertainties modelling for Cyber-Physical systems), distributed and parallel systems (H2020 PHANTOM: MBT based testing for parallel and distributed systems, including IoT and edge computing), Future Internet Experiment FIRE on IoT test beds (H2020 FIESTA for semantic interoperability, FESTIVAL for cooperation with Japan and ARMOUR on IoT security) , FIWARE (providing coach for phase 3 support and defining a label program). EGM is strongly involved within the standardisation area and is making key contributions to the oneM2M initiative.

EGM is also key member of the  H2020 EU-Africa Waziup which is also within the current FIRE portfolio

The first Innovation Radar Report reviewing the innovation potential of ICT projects funded under 7th Framework Programme and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, to demonstrate the economic impact of EU grant funding identified EGM as being the 7th EU most innovative SME.


Website: www.eglobalmark.com

EGM will contribute to the WP3 (T3.4) and WP5 (T5.1, T5.3) while leading the WP8 on dissemination, standardisation and exploitation.

Instituto de Telecomunicações (ITAv), Portugal

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non–profit national organisation, the result of the association of multiple institutions with experience and traditions in research and development in the field of Telecommunications: «Instituto Superior Técnico» (IST), «Universidade de Aveiro» (UA), «Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra» (FCTUC), «Portugal Telecom» (now Altice Labs), (founders in 1991) later joined by «Siemens, S.A.» (now Nokia) in 2004, Universidade da Beira Anterior in 2008, Univresidade do Porto in 2009, ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa in 2010 and Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in 2013. IT is organised around three research centres also known as poles: one in Aveiro (ITAv), in the University Campus, another in Coimbra, in Pole II of the University of Coimbra and the third one in Lisbon, in IST. IT mission is to «create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications» and thus it undertakes fundamental and applied research in telecommunications in an inter- national context in order to improve higher education and training, both at graduate and postgraduate levels, and the competitiveness of Portuguese industry and Telecommunications operators.

ITAv is currently an active contributor to IEEE, IRTF and IETF standardization, having authored and contributed to several standards and draft documents. ITAv is also author and contributor to open-source software, as well as open architecture projects, such as the OpenStack project through code and blueprints submissions to sub-project Neutron. ITAv has also provided extended consulting to companies whishing embrace Free Open Source Software (FOSS) to expose their businesses through API’s securely. ITAv has participated in several projects financed by the portuguese governoment on M2M and IoT together with leading industrial partners. ITAv has extended knowledge on M2M standards including software implementations.

ITAv co-deployed the Smart Cities infrastructure in Porto composed by a 600+ vehicular network, denoted as CityNet, which provides Internet access to users in the buses since September 2014, and a sensing infrastructure, denoted as UrbanSense, which provides a low-cost and large range communication support all over the city.

In the Project, IT-Aveiro will focus in WP2 and WP5 working towards the definition of the architecture and the development of an interoperability lab through the definition of use-cases and test-cases. Having a long experience in developing and testing research projects prototypes and testbeds, ITAv will contribute towards the success of WP5.

Finally, with Prof. Dr. Rui L. Aguiar being a member of the 5G PPP Steering Committee I.A., IT’s contribution into WP2 on coordination within 5GPPP will ensure cross dessimination.


Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (TID), Spain

Telefónica I+D (TID) is the main innovation catalyst inside the Telefónica Group, which is one of the world largest telecom companies. Founded in 1988, it conducts applied investigation activities, conceptualizes new uses for communication and develops innovative products and services for the different businesses in the Group with the aim of strengthening the Group’s competitiveness through technological innovation.

It is the most important private R&D company in Spain, in terms of both activities and resources and one of the main companies in terms of level of participation in European research projects in the ICT sector.

It has facilities in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Granada and Huesca and new subsidiaries has been created recently in Brazil and Chile creating a network of centres of technological excellence that stretches far beyond the Spanish borders. It currently collaborates with technological leaders and numerous organisations in 34 different countries – among which more than 35 universities located in different parts of the world.

It also participates in the most important international forums on technological know-how, thus creating one of the largest innovation ecosystems in the ICT sector. R&D activities focus on strengthening landline, mobile, multimedia and interactive telephone services, network management systems, operation and business support systems, and emerging ICT technologies.

TID leverages its work on the use of the most advanced and competitive concepts and media. This requires thorough knowledge of the suitable technical capabilities over a range of basic technologies. TID also represents Telefónica at different standardization bodies (IETF, BBF, ETSI, ONF, W3C, etc.)  and industrial platforms initiatives (Networld2020, 5G PPP, FI PPP, NESSI, eMobility, NEM). TID’s direct connection with a global organisation providing Internet services at all levels eases the collection of knowledge from additional experts, as well as the assessment and evaluation of results in (next-to) real environments.


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a public and innovative university, which has won the category of Campus of International Excellence in 2009. Created in 1989, it has over 17,900 students and more than 1,900 teachers of proven competence, and is noted for its outstanding facilities to develop research. UC3M is among the best universities in Spain and is included in the last QS World University Rankings (2015) of the top 50 universities world-wide established within the last 50 years.

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has been a very active university in R&D programmes and especially in the R&D European Framework Programmes (FP). The number of proposals, awarded projects, coordinated projects and funds raised in the last 7PM have dramatically risen compared with the UC3M´s participation figures in previous Framework Programmes (5PM and 6PM). During the whole FP7 were submitted 503 proposals. The number of funded projects in FP7, 72 projects, has doubled the figures of 5th and 6th Framework Programme. On the other hand, UC3M has received along FP7 a total funding of around 24 Million Euro, which is four times the average figures in 5th and 6th Framework Programme. The increase of the international leadership of the UC3M´s researchers is also quite evident considering the high number of coordinated projects by UC3M. The University has coordinated 9 projects (around 13% of the funded projects) along FP7, which is four times the average figure in 5th and 6th Framework Programme. During the first two years of the current FP – Horizon 2020 -, the University has continued its effort for internationalizing the research and has submitted a total of 229 proposals to this Programme. A total of 23 projects have been awarded, being 4 of them coordinated by UC3M (17,4% of the total), which is an excellent figure that confirms the trend initiated in the past FP7.

The Department of Telematic Engineering consists of a consolidated team of Ph.D.’s and Telecommunications and Informatics Engineers with more than 100 people, including 4 full professors, 34 associate professors, as well as teaching assistants, researchers and technical and administrative staff. This team has a long history of activity, recognition and proven experience at national and international levels in research and development, training and consulting. These activities are performed for, or in collaboration with, service companies, manufacturers and public administrations.

This is the framework for the NETCOM Research Group (http://netcom.it.uc3m.es), led by Professor Dr. Arturo Azcorra. The NETCOM group focuses its research on 5G networks, novel network architectures & communication protocols, mobile and wireless networking, network security, traffic analysis, energy efficiency, social networking, multimedia networking and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The NETCOM Group has participated, and in many cases also coordinated more than 30 research projects funded by the European Union, the Spanish government and the regional government of Madrid, with a recent focus on emerging 5G networking technologies (see related projects). The group has also participated in numerous collaborations with the industry and the government, including contracts with Telefonica, Huawei, NEC, the Ministry of Defence, the Government Presidency or the INTA, among others, as well as performing consulting work for the State Office for Telecommunications, European Space Agency, Repsol, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, RENFE, Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, WorldCom-MFS, Servicom and Ericsson Telebit. Some of these collaborations have led to patents that are currently under exploitation.

The NETCOM Research group has participated in standardization activities in diverse organizations such as the IETF or the IEEE, where some of the group members have moderated working groups, have been technical editors or have contributed to numerous standards. In addition, the director of the NETCOM research group, Dr. Arturo Azcorra, is the chairman of the 5G Expert Group from NetWorld2020, the European Technology Platform (ETP) for communications networks and services. Besides this, the members of the NETCOM group have participated in more than 600 scientific publications, including some of the conferences, journals and magazines with highest quality in the area of Telematic Engineering, such as the IEEE Infocom, ACM CoNEXT, ACM IMC, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Networks, IEEE Communications Magazine, etc.

In 5GinFIRE, UC3M will leverage its experience and background on networking and emerging 5G technologies to contribute to the work in WP2, participating in the design of the experimental infrastructure architecture. It will also contribute to the development activities in WP3. UC3M will actively contribute to the deployment of the MANO stack of 5GinFIRE, targeted by WP4, and will participate in the validation activities of WP5. Finally, it will contribute to maintenance and support operations of WP6, and participate in dissemination and academic exploitation activities of WP8.

University of Bristol (UNIVBRIS), United Kingdom

University of Bristol is one of the UK’s leading research universities. It has been engaged in EU funded research for more than 20 years and has developed a dedicated support infrastructure, and experienced staff for participating in EU projects. The High Performance Networks (HPN) group in the University of Bristol has a strong research focus on future optical and layer 2 communication network infrastructures. It complements existing leading university research on photonic devices, wireless/mobile communication, High Performance Computing (HPC) and networked media and advanced visualization.

The group has a strong experimental focus and is extremely well equipped with transmission capabilities up to 500 Gbps, full photonic elastic switching, Carrier Grade Ethernet testbeds, IP routers, OpenFlow switches and ultra-high resolution visualization facilities. The underlying network connectivity facilities include: a dark fibre network connectivity; 1 and 10 Gbps dedicated wavelength services over the JANET network; high speed dedicated connectivity over GEANT and GLIF to many research institutions into Europe, North/South America and Asia (Japan).

University of Patras (UoP), Greece

UoP is the third largest university in Greece with each own campus in the outskirts of Patras city. The Network Architectures and Management (NAM) group (http://nam.ece.upatras.gr/) which is going to carry out the work in this project acquired its expertise through collaborations with industry and a series of research national and European projects. It is currently comprised of 2 professors, 4 post-docs, 2 researchers-system developers and 7 PhD students. During the last six years we have involved in many Future Internet Research (FIRE) projects: AutoI, Panlab-PII and coordinated the project VITAL++. We are a partner on FIRE OpenLab participated in SFA and FRCP discussions, we executed an experiment on BonFire project, and we build the MyRecommender service for the XiPi portal of the INFINITY FI-PPP programme. We are also the technical leaders of FIRE project called FORGE, which targets to bridge educational processes and e-learning with FIRE facilities. We have also participated in the implementation of many FIRE tools and facilities now are part of OpenLab and FORGE projects, namely FSToolkit and FCI. Finally, UoP has participated and successfully completed Proof of Concept #14 for the NFV ISG and performed two successful demonstrations in IETF’s 88 and 90.

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Brazil

The Federal University of Uberlândia (in Portuguese Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – UFU) is a Higher Education Institute (HEI) located in the southwest region of Minas Gerais state, in Uberlandia, Brazil. The University span across six campuses, three located at Uberlândia and the other located in three different cities. UFU has about 32.000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and graduate courses and 1.600 professors. UFU offers 72 different undergraduate courses, 30 Masters of Science Courses, 20 Ph.D. Courses, distributed in different areas of knowledge.

The Faculty of Computing (FACOM) started its activities at 1988. Currently, FACOM has 67 teachers. The Faculty offers a solid educational and research background on information systems and computer science, through its undergraduate and graduate courses, by having about 1.000 students. FACOM’s post graduated programs, for the degrees of Master of Science and Doctorate, has been started 14 years ago and conducts research focusing on four main lines: Database, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Systems.

The federal agencies for the research and technological development, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) foments and supports the program. In addition, the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation (FAPEMIG) also plays an important role in this funding several research projects. The post-graduated program has cooperation with many national and international researches projects, laboratories and institutes such as Erasmus Mundus Project in Europe; SticAmSud, a scientific-technological cooperation programme integrated by France and South America countries.

Since 2009, some professors at FACOM conducts a research work related with architectures for the next generation of computer networks (Future Internet), being one of the pillars of these new architectures a new approach to identifying and addressing.

At 2010, supported by Brazilian Agency of Innovation (FINEP), FACOM received USD 1.2 million grant in order to deploy and host a Federal Programming for Innovation Management nominated NAGI (http://www.i9nagi.ufu.br/). This program aims to deploy a mechanism of innovation management for the local software industry. Currently about 40 companies and SMEs are integrated into a collaborative environment between the software industry and the academia.

In this project, UFU will contribute with the enhancement of FIBRE testbed regarding the 5G NFV  capabilities by handling the development and validation of software components that will be used at the control plane of the testbed. Moreover, UFU will use its expertise in SDN, new network architectures, protocol specification, design and validation to advance the state-of-art regarding NFV and its use on different verticals.  By using its strong connections with the industry and companies, the participation will also help to improve innovation by providing conditions to the deployment of new services and applications.

University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil

The University of São Paulo (USP) is a public university, maintained by the State of São Paulo and affiliated with the State Secretariat of Economic, Scientific and Technological Development. USP is the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution, the best university in Ibero-America, and one of the most prestigious universities in the world. According to reports by the Ministry of Science and Technology, more than 25% of scientific papers published by Brazilian researchers in high quality conferences and journals are produced at the University of São Paulo.

USP is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America, with approximately 90,000 enrolled students. USP has eleven campuses, four of them in the city São Paulo. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge.

Most teachers of Brazilian public and private universities are graduated at USP (masters and PhD). USP have a history of realization, in almost of all fields of knowledge in education, science, technology and arts areas. USP  was established in 1934 and promotes the research and the progress of science; transmitting knowledge that is useful to science, technology and culture; forming expertises for attracting all fields of the culture and in all areas of the market.

One of USP objectives is to develop education following the knowledge evolution with permanent dialogue with society, integrating education, innovation, research and extension.

The Escola Politécnica – EPUSP the engineering school of Universidade de São Paulo was established in 1893 and was incorporated to USP in 1934. Currently PUSP has a high qualified faculty and 80% of its 495 professors are PhDs. PUSP has 15 departments for education and research activities, 31 international academic agreements with 27 different countries and 323 agreements with several industrial sectors. PUSP has almost 20 regular undergraduate courses and 5,000 students. There are 30 graduation programs (master and doctoral programs), which have other 5,000 students.

Inside EPUSP the project will be carried out by researchers from LARC/EPUSP (Laboratory of Computer Architecture and Networks) and the LSI/EPUSP: (Laboratório de Sistemas Integráveis – “Integrated Systems Laboratory”).

LARC-USP has been involved with Advanced Internet and e-infrastructure projects since 1998. From 2005 to 2009 its researchers have led the Advanced Internet project in the state of São Paulo, when it has joined the PlanetLab and Emulab testbeds. Besides the FIBRE project, it has also collaborated with RNP (Brazilian NREN) on different projects and demonstrations related to Advanced Internet, Network Architectures and Video Distribution. It has been participating on several projects involving European and North-American researchers, notably Ericsson Research in Sweden and Canada, in the fields of Security, Wireless Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking.

LSI was founded in 1975 at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, and has its research and development activities centered on computer-integrated systems. A pioneer in many areas of research, LSI has strong partnership with industry and intense cooperation with foreign institutions. LSI has several groups organized in three main divisions – i) Microelectronic Materials and Processes, ii) VLSI Design Methodologies and iii) Digital Systems.  Digital Systems Divisions conducts advanced Research in Intelligent Systems, Cyber-Physical Embedded Systems, Future Internet, Advanced Imaging and Communication Systems, and Cyber-Security and Safety of Critical Systems. In this project

LARC’s researchers will collaborate on the project on tasks related to the cloud computing infrastructure for NFV and its integration with the current FIBRE infrastructure/Control Frameworks.

LSI’s researchers will work with the development of the 5G NFV based reference architecture, and its integration and enablement to be used in different experimentation scenarios.


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