LEVIER Living Lab

LEVIER (Laboratoire d’Expérimentation et Valorisation Images Et Réseaux) Living Lab, thanks to its diversity of broadband infrastructures and panels of users wants to provide an experimental facility, services and methodology for enterprises and R&D project wanting to practice user centric R&D. LEVIER is much centered around the fixed-mobile co nvergence paradigm and provides both “real” and virtual infrastructures. The LEVIER Living Lab is federated around the Media and Networks Cluster and the M@rsouin project and is administered by the Media and Network cluster.

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Link at OpenLivingLabs: http://bit.ly/cwlN0p

Information document:levier.pdf

Dominique Guillois (CTO of Media and Networks Cluster); dguillois@images-et-reseaux.com

Web: http://www.images-et-reseaux.com/

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KWest Research

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) works with the community to develop the creative, educational and social potential of people within the surrounding area. We produce high-quality film, design and media work, provide exciting experiences for young people and run a diverse programme of arts activities.

KWMC is committed to social and digital inclusion and works with a wide range of organisations, individuals and artists to produce media content and explore the role of media arts in communities.

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Host Organization: Leinster House Partnership Ltd at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC)

Location: Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol BS4 1 NLTel: 0117 903 0444

Website: www.kwmc.org.uk

Contact – Carolyn Hassan, carolyn@kwmc.org.uk, 0117 353 2747


Homokháti Rural Living Laboratory

The Homokháti Rural Living Lab is situated in the Homokhát Micro Region in the South Great Plain of Hungary. The LL was established by the University of Szeged within the framework of C@R, Collaboration at Rural FP6 Integrated Project, and joined the European Network of Living Labs in the first wave. The most important objective of the Homokháti RLL is to provide the local inhabitants of the region with novel ICT solutions.

Link at OpenLivingLabs: http://bit.ly/cTJRta

Information document: homokhati-rural-ll.pdf

Tibor Torok, +36 20 484 4101, tibor.torok@h-lab.eu
H-Lab, Hungary

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Manchester Living Lab

A major focus of the living labs approach is in East Manchester where the City Council has formed an Urban Regeneration Company (URC): New East Manchester (NEM) Ltd. This public-private-community partnership operating on a not-for-profit basis has led the establishment of an online community network, “Eastserve”, run in partnership with local citizens’ organisations and representatives, which is linked to a city-wide initiative, the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA).

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Link at OpenLivingLabs: http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/node/137

Information document: manchester-eastserve.pdf

Dave Carter
Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)Manchester City Council
Lower Ground Floor
117-119 Portland Street
M1 6ED
Phone: 0161 255 8111
Fax: 0161 236 2849

Web: http://www.manchesterdda.com

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Kainuu Living Lab Snowpolis

Snowpolis is a young and rapidly developing international multidisciplinary technology park. Snowpolis specializes in well-being, sports and year-round winter. Snowpolis is located in Vuokatti, which is ranked one of the world’s most versatile tourism centres offering activities all the year round.

Information document: kainuu.pdf

Mr. Pasi Laajala, Tel. +358 44 750 2715
Snowpolis Ltd
Kidekuja 2, FIN-88610 Vuokatti
Tel. +358 8 617 8682
Website: http://www.snowpolis.com

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guifi.net Living Lab

guifi.net, enabling ”telecommunications 2.0”

guifi.net have promoted the deployment of open telecommunications networks, based on peer to peer connection agreements, since 2004. Participants connect their own network segment with others. The network is open, free and neutral: Open because do publish complete information about how it works and its components, allowing the participation of everyone who is interested; Free because the conditions are the same for everyone: Do not have a single or corporatised owner who may impose unilateral conditions on others; and Neutral because the extent of the peer to peer agreement is limited to the terms of connectivity only, and not the content.

Description of concept

Open network models are good for the development of an information society. Due to openness, they are also a perfect scenario for affording equal opportunities to all and fair competition, where enterprises can provide their services and get a value from them instead of exploiting „acquired? rights. By enabling user self-sufficiency, co-creation and participation, promoting best practices while using the unlicensed spectrum at the end results with a positive social and civic development through the technology. The network grows primarily by using wireless technologies and through various kinds of tools developed by the community (GIS, Collaborative web 2.0, Configuration tools, Network Status and Monitoring, etc.) to support this model of self-building/managed networks. Every participant is responsible for the management of her own network segment, and is open to contributions of others. We work with “as is” connectivity, together with the rest of the network without the need for a having service level commitment with third parties.
References and Track Record

Until now, the scope of the activities have been in what is known by the ”user loop”, and currently (November 2.008) provides broadband to more than 5,000 homes and the total network “path” extends over 6,000 kilometers of connections. We experience continuous and sustained growth, based entirely on self- generated user demand, which has been experienced in Catalonia, Spain, but willing to extend the experience all over the world. Participants chose this model motivated for various reasons. Among these we have listed the following illustrations, without intending to limit our reach:

  1. The need to seek solutions where there were no options for access to broadband, often in rural areas
  2. Technology enthusiasts, freenetworkers or volunteers
  3. Small and medium-sized service companies in the territory, that see options and possibilities to lend their services
  4. Municipalities interested in improving digital inclusion
  5. Professionals or businessmen who prefer a model where they maintain decision-making control over investment costs, lower TCO, reliability and control over service levels, and ownership over the segment of the network of their interest.

Information document: guifi-net.pdf


Fundació per a la Xarxa Oberta, Lliure i Neutral guifi.net email: fundacio@guifi.net
Mas l’Esperança
08503 Gurb

Website: http://www.guifi.net

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TianJin China Living Lab

Main focus fields:

  • The key technology and services to the next generation network
  • The next wireless mobile communication technology and service
  • Sensor Networks and Intelligent Information Technology
  • virtual reality technology digital media platform technology
  • GPS navigation technology video collection analysis techs
  • Information technology to energy saving and environmental protection

References and Track Record

In 2006 Tianjin was chosen to be one of the seven intelligent cities of the world. It owns good information infrastructure and brought forward wireless digital city plan from the very beginning. And in 2009, under the base of 3G network developing technologies , Tianjin will be very possible to plan out the next wireless broad band with the network.

The next generation of wireless broadband access system: Tianjin Living lab organizations are actively planning the next generation wireless media connecting system.. This system will R&D broad band wireless connecting system with our own intellectual property rights and continuable to develop in key industries, which also support media business/internet business and also media cluster business.

Intelligent Traffic Management System: applied in monitoring traffic/ signal lamp control/monitoring contrary vehicles and traffic accident surroundings. Achive the monitor and leading of timely traffic hold; achive recognition and following and monitor of contrary vehicles;achieve safety and comfortable and quick road traffic, comprehensively enhance the ability of preventing and processing road traffic accidents, enhance the transportation management and municipal service level.

Information technology to energy saving and environmental protection: The energy conservation environmental protection technology is considered to be one of the most potential techs in the future. The informational energy conservation environmental protection technology is one way that information technology will develop in the future, may save 10-20% energy for enterprises.

The BaseN product has good application in data collections such as environmental protection monitor, energy (water, gas, electricity) etc. and management analysis domains. Linked with Chinese enterprises’ reality, using wireless intelligence data acquisition system and management analysis, and providing whole set of solution for energy conservation environmental protection. In 2008 BaseN settled down in Tianjin Living Lab innovation platform, it will develop innovation products that suits Chinese environment more.

Sensing network and intelligence information technology—RFID. ZTE North base mainly research and develop next generation wireless Internet technology and intelligent sensing technology. Together with other enterprises, ZTE will apply the next generation wireless Internet and the intelligent sensing technology into this platform, and will make innovative designs of its products through Tianjin Living the Lab innovation platform.

Information document: tianjin-china.pdf

Yu Bao, tel. 86-02224893576, e-mail: leeca2008@gmail.com
TianJin-China Living Lab Centre, NO.158, west 3rd Street
Tianjin Airport Industrial Park Tianjin

Website: http://www.chinalivinglab.com

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Wireless Trondheim Living Lab

Wireless Tronheim Living Lab The Wireless Trondheim Living Lab has been established as a local arena in Trondheim for open and user driven innovation related to mobile services and technology. By being member of the wider network of European network of living labs (ENOLL), we aim to extend and improve the development of own services through increased influx of ideas and resources (by involving users, in particular students and school children, and also from other living labs)

Better exploit the possibilities of the network by enabling also others e.g. other ENOLL-members to use the facilities for testing out new services and technology.Increase the research activities, both nationally and internationally in the field, and by this be able to extend the lab and to cooperate with other research partners including existing and future living labs in ENOLLAnchoring the Wireless Trondheim initiative locally and extend cooperation between the involved parties.

Wireless Trondheim is a research and development project made possible through the joint efforts of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the city of Trondheim, the SørTrøndelag County Council, SpareBank 1 Midt-Norge, Adresseavisen and Trondheim Energiverk.

The Wireless Trondheim initiative includes three distinct parts:

The Access Network: A shared Wi-Fi network covering the main part of the city centre operated by Wireless Trondheim ltd (Trådløse Trondheim AS) – the same technology are applied providing in-door and out-door Wi-Fi coverage at the University areas. See http://wirelesstrondheim.no for further details.

A Service Research and Development Lab. See http://research.idi.ntnu.no/trimaks for details. Here also a list of current research project linked to the living lab is described

A Networking Lab or the “Street’n Roof Lab”: This features its own physical infrastructure in parallel to the Access Network. See http://tradlosetrondheim.no/sec.php?page=art_default&la=en&id=19 for further details

A shared Wi-Fi based infrastructure is deployed in the downtown of Trondheim. The infrastructure supports several SSIDs allowing different ISPs to offer their services in the same network, sharing the costs. Currently five SSIDs are used. Wireless Trondheim offers outdoor coverage and in addition coverage for most cafés and some malls. The coverage is all based on an advanced Cisco Wi-Fi platform. This is a well-suited platform for testing of new and innovative service because the platform supports:

Mobility – the user can move around in the coverage area without losing connectivity. The Cisco deployment allows layer 2 mobility handling supporting handoffs at city traffic speeds

High capacity – every access point has at least 10 Mbit/s symmetric connectivity to the backhaul fibre-network offering the possibility to test services demanding high bandwidth.

Location information – the network gathers location information about the users and offers the possibility of presenting services depending on the current location of the user. Open APIs returning the users location are established

Security – the network supports all well known standards for security in Wi-Fi including WPA/WPA2 allowing services with a high demand for security

The lab is primarily oriented towards the Trondheim area, but experiences from using the technology can be used widely given the proliferation of large scale wireless broadband city networks. Extensions of the physical lab will be on the local level, whereas one are involved in a number of national and international projects.

On a regional level, the lab is linked to the Trondheim branch of the Wireless Future http://www.tradlos-framtid.no/ initiative, a Norwegian network on innovation in mobile services and technology. Nationally, we are also linked to the initiative that the Norwegian Research Council is involved in on a Nordic level to potentially support the establishment and running of Living Labs in the Nordic-Baltic region (LILAN, Noria-net project). We also plan close cooperation with other Norwegian initiatives to become Living Labs.

Information document: wireless-trondheim-ll.pdf

John Krogstie, +47 73 59 36 77 krogstie@idi.ntnu.no
Thomas Jelle, +47 +47 73 59 28 06 , thomas.jelle@item.ntnu.no
NTNU, Sem Sælandsvei 7-9, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Website: http://research.idi.ntnu.no/trimaks


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