smart connectivity and sensors
To meet the challenge of global and ubiquitous access to digital services, we focus our research on the development of sensing and communication technologies that enable continuity and reach of these services based on airborne or space-borne relays. Our experts also study the use of embedded sensors to provide improved monitoring services for industrial and natural environments.
The overall objective is to increase networks’ capacity and range while seeking to optimize their availability and security. We aim at allowing the whole value chain of the aerospace and transport industries (operators, system manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and component suppliers) to develop their market by reducing the risks linked to the introduction of new technologies while favoring standardization initiatives.
Our main activities focus on the development and use of digital technologies in telecommunications, and intelligent embedded processing close to the sensor. They apply to systems with distributed architecture, connecting intelligent remote devices to centralized or cloud infrastructures.
For telecom activities, the targeted markets are verticals (transport, industry 4.0, defense, and civil security...). The primary topic is to contribute to the development of Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN: satellites, HAPs*, UAVs*) driven by 5G/6G standardization works. To respond to 5G or Internet of Things requirements, our works are looking to design and optimize end-to-end system architecture with an NTN segment, through the use of virtualization technologies (NFV*) network programming (SDN*), and service orchestration.
For sensing activities, we targeted are New Space and aeronautics markets. Here, the objective is to improve autonomy, compactness, consumption of embedded monitoring systems to deliver reliable detection services.
The applications linked to connectivity are backhauling of 5G networks, direct access to satellite for mobile, universal support of the Internet of Things with worldwide cover.
The applications concerned for remote sensing are autonomous guidance for satellites, environment monitoring (gas concentration), and aircraft health monitoring.
* HAPs: High Altitude Platforms | UAVs: Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles | NFV: Network Function Virtualization | SDN: Software-Defined Network
Increase in technological maturity by testing the technologies in representative environments of the targeted applications, before transfer to industry
Hardware and software platforms documented for the development of functional chains and their validation (simulators, SDR**, and SDN emulators)
Technical documentation accompanying the specification, design, and validation of work
Theses reports, scientific publications
Mock-ups and prototypes of functional chains serving as an implementation of reference
Proposals for standardization bodies
Supports for the transfer of results: videos, training, theme-based workshops
Trained personnel made available to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the industry
** Software Defined Radio
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