Communications from Aerial Platform Networks delivering Broadband Communications for All
Project details Project Acronym: CAPANINA
Project Reference: 506745
Start Date: 2003-12-17
Project Cost: 5.65 million euro
Contract Type: Specific Targeted Research Project
Project Status: Execution
Project Funding: 3.1 million euro
Coordinator: UNIVERSITY OF YORK HESLINGTON HALL UNITED KINGDO; GRACE, David
Principal researcher JSI: Asst. Prof. Mihael Mohorčič
The objective of the CAPANINA project was to develop broadband capability from aerial platforms including High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) to deliver cost effective solutions providing a viable alternative to cable and satellite, with the potential to reach rural, urban and travelling users. Examples of HAPs include airships and solar powered aeroplanes operating at altitudes of around 20km, well above any air traffic.
The project adopted a multi-strand approach:
- Identification of appropriate applications and services and associated business models, including the establishing of the most appropriate integrated network architectures.
- The development of a system testbed for nearer-term tests of broadband services/applications to fixed users, including: backhaul for terrestrial WLAN, corporate communications and video-on-demand, along with an evaluation of free space optical technology.
- Longer-term state-of-the-art research and innovation examining advanced mobile broadband access focusing on a scenario that will deliver broadband to trains, integrating with on-board wireless LAN base stations.
The technology was developed for delivering data rates to fixed and moving users of up to 120Mbit/s anywhere within a HAPs' 60km diameter coverage area. Free-space optic and mm-wave technologies were assessed for the use as backhaul and interplatform links providing seamless integration with existing infrastructure.
The Department of Communication Systems at Jožef Stefan Institute was one of the core partners and WP2 workpackage leader concerned with communication links and networking. Research activities comprised selection and adaptation of broadband wireless access communication standards for high-speed moving train scenario, development of HAP propagation channel model, investigation of platform diversity, adaptive modulation and coding techniques, and specification of network architecture and networking protocols with special emphasis on the network mobility management.
The consortium of the project comprised 14 partners from Europe and Japan, in particular University of York (UK), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain), Carlo Gavazzi Space (Italy), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), DLR (Germany), BTexact (UK), SkyLINC Ltd (UK), EuroConcepts Srl (Italy), CSEM (Switzerland), Contraves AG (Switzerland), National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (Japan) and Japanese Stratospheric Communications (Japan).
project website: http://www.capanina.org