Profile – Experience
Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non-profit organisation owned by the Technical University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra and Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A. IT’s mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications in order to improve higher education and training, both at graduate and postgraduate levels, and to improve the competitiveness of Portuguese industry and Telecommunications operators. The research unit has been evaluated by an expert panel selected by “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” (the national agency for research), in 1996 and 1999: as a result of this evaluation IT has been selected in 2001 by the Portuguese Government to hold the distinction of the Government Associate Laboratory in the area of Telecommunications. The Aveiro pole of IT currently has about 300 researchers (>100 PhD), many of whom also hold teaching positions at the University of Aveiro, with expertise on radio and microwave, optical, networks and circuit design. IT has been involved since its foundation in several projects in the area of wireless either at a national or European level, namely in the ACTS, IST and ICT programmes (e.g. MBS, SAMBA, ASILUM, MOBYDICK, MATRICE, 4MORE, DAIDALOS, ACE, SEACORN, ORACLE, UNITE, CRUISE, CODIV, HURRICANE, FUTON, PEACE, WHERE, C2POWER, COGEU and WHERE2). The participation of IT in SALUS will be addressed by three senior researchers with experience in emergency networks, cognitive radio, cooperative networks, network security, LTE, and localization.
Main Role in the SALUS Project
IT will coordinate SALUS project and thus responsible for all aspects of the management activities within the project to ensure all project objectives are met within the allotted budget. In addition IT brings a breadth of experience on vertical handover algorithms and trustworthy communications amongst different systems as well as a strong understanding and knowledge in the field of emergency networks, partially acquired during the concluded ICT PEACE project. Additionally, IT will contribute to the design, specification, implementation and testing of the SALUS prototype and will investigate enhanced interoperability between existing (TETRA/TETRAPOL) and future emergency communication systems. IT will also make available its Wireless Testbed for testing of part of the prototype components.