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Dr Masouras led EU MCSA-ITN project awarded funding

energy-autonomous Portable Access points for INfrastructure-LESS networks [PAINLESS] project
Dr Masouras led EU MCSA-ITN project awarded funding

Dr Masouras

Congratulations to Dr Christos Masouras who has just been awarded €650k funding to UCL as part of a €4.2m EU MCSA-ITN project that he is leading. Co-Investigators including Prof. John Mitchell and Prof. Sarah Spurgeon from the department.

The project titled “energy-autonomous Portable Access points for INfrastructure-LESS networks [PAINLESS]” aims to address emergency and remote provisioning of wireless networks with energy neutral access points. Partners include Nokia Bell Labs, Reseiwe, Lyra Electronics, Orion Technologies, RIO Systems, U. Manchester, Supelec, Athens Information Technology, Aalborg University and the University of Cyprus.

The explosive growth of applications and industrial sectors that rely on broadband connectivity, is set to stretch the demand for wireless networks beyond the reach of the power grid infrastructure. Access points are being deployed on board of drones, while more than 84,000 hybrid-energy base stations are expected to be deployed annually in remote areas by 2020. Portable network nodes that are energy-autonomous and operate detached from the power grid will become indispensable in the coming applications of wireless networks. Energy-autonomy presents immense challenges for the wireless network design and imposes a complete re-think of technological solutions. PAINLESS has the visionary aim to establish a training and research platform to pioneer green, energy-autonomous portable network nodes which are self-subsistent and limitlessly-scalable, to satisfy future demands with minimal infrastructure. It promises a paradigm shift by integrating and jointly optimising wireless networks with renewable energy sources, radiated energy harvesting and airborne access points, as well as establishing disruptive performance benchmarks for the combined wireless power-and-information distribution.

Our results will kick-start an innovation ecosystem for infrastructure and service providers of ICT to develop and commercialise a new generation of autonomous, sustainable and power-independent communication networks with self-organising functionality, to enable 100% coverage in urban environments in a power-efficient manner; provide network access to all types of emergency, disaster and special events areas; and connect remote / developing areas with problematic infrastructure. PAINLESS relates to H2020-MSCA with a vision to produce the first generation of experts in a radically new wave of energy autonomous networks that will revolutionise the wireless networking technology landscape and the plethora of associated vertical business sectors.