Universidad de Cantabria


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:

  1. Protocols and architecture design and implementation for mobile communication networks
  2. Context management and context-aware solutions from network to application level, to manage the access to the network
  3. Middleware platforms for sensor networks and other mobile technologies.
  4. 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.

As a consequence of the participation in projects under FI-PPP (OUTSMART, FI-WARE) and FIRE (SmartSantander, FED4FIRE), US has gathered great experience in terms of deployments of testbeds both at a small and tailor made level , as well as, massive in real outdoor environments. Additionally, different tools for managing the deployed facilities, federating testbed, storing retrieved data and developing services/applications within a smart city environment, have been also developed. Within FESTIVAL project, UC will use the aforementioned gathered knowledge mainly to analyse current existing testbeds, to contribute to the definition of testbed access policies, to reuse federation approaches in the EaaS mode, as well as to the development of smart ICT services framed under the scope of context-aware shopping.

Role in the project :

Analyse the existing testbeds at European level, to contribute to the enablement of the federation among different testbeds at Europe and and Japanese level and, finally, to work on the development and experimentation of different federation-aware applications.