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A talk with the topic: "Smart Communication Toolkits and Testbeds for Industry and Academia enabling the rapid Prototyping of Emerging Smart City Applications"

June 23, 2015 09:00
June 23, 2015 11:30
TGGS Conference Room, 3rd Floor, TGGS Building, KMUTNB
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1518 Pracharat 1 Rd., Wongsawang, Bangsue, Bangkok, Thailand, 10800

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Registration (this event is free of charge): http://goo.gl/forms/y9mFWkEx75
Contact: chayakorn.n.sse@tggs-bangkok.org

About the talk:

Due to the increasing adoption of internet technologies in our daily lifes, we are moving rapidly into a world of total interconnection of humans and machines. This means that after fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and voice data integration, which has coined the evolution of telecommunication infrastructures in the last two decades, we are now witnessing the start of a much broader convergence of quite different application domains with different value chains and used technologies. This convergence will be enabled by the evolution of Internet technologies under the banner of the Future Internet (FI) research, comprising the Internet of Services (IoS), Internet of Things (IoT), and the Network of the Future (NoF). The most prominent application context for prototyping, piloting, and adopting FI research results are socalled „Smart Cities“, in which an intergrated and unified „smart communication infrastruture“ represents the foundation for the efficient and fast provision of smarter applications. Thus different transport and control platforms, as well as data platforms need to evolve into an integrated future internet service platform, enabling an open set of application domains by so-called common or generic enablers on top of different fixed and mobile network infrastructures.

Based on an introduction to Smart Cities and an requirements analysis of the communication requirments of different Smart City application domains, such as Smart Grids, eUtilities, eLogistics, eAutomotive, eGovernment, eHealth, and advanced Entertainment, this talk will outline a potential reference architecture for emerging Smart Cities based on an evolution of extisting fixed and mobile Next Generation Networks (NGNs) control platforms and the related standards towards the Future Internet.

Starting from Intelligent Networks (IN) representing still today a key telecommunications architecture, the talk will look briefly at the 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for providing advanced human to human (H2H) multimedia communication services, the emerging 3GPP Machine Type Communications (MTC) platforms enabling optimized machine to machine (M2M) communications, and the 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC) providing seamless broadband connectivity for both H2H and M2M communications across dfferent wireless network technologies. In addition, the talk will review relevant Service Delivery Platform (SDP) concepts and related service enablers and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as defined by ETSI, 3GPP, GSMA and OMA for supporting H2H and M2M capabilities needed by various application domains on top of fixed and mobile networks.

This talk will also give a short introduction to relevant OpenXXX toolkits and laboratories from the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS and Technische Universität Berlin, which are used by various international network operators and vendors to prototype Smart City ICT platforms and applications.

For more information see: https://www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/ngni and www.fuseco-playground.org

More information about the speaker can be found here: http://www.av.tu-berlin.de/menue/team/prof_dr_thomas_magedanz/

About the speaker

Prof. Magedanz is an outstanding computer sciences and telecommunications expert placing a strong emphasis on applied research in order to link academia and industry within an emerging global networking and services market.

Since more than 20 years Prof. Magedanz is performing pioneering research and globally recognized education courses for master, diploma and PhD students in the field of converging fixed and mobile telecommunications, the internet and information technologies. In this context he has initiated and managed numereous national and international R&D projects centered around Next Generation Service Delivery platforms on top of both legacy and next generation networks based on worldwide recognized technology testbeds.

He received his Diploma and his Ph.D. in computer sciences from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1988 and 1993, respectively. In 2000 he finished his “Habilitation” for Applied Computer Sciences at Technical University of Berlin. In 1989 he joined as the first research associate the Department for Open Communication Systems (OKS) of the Technical University Berlin and helped to set up the chair. After his PhD he became assistant professor and continued his education and research activities with a strong focus on distributed computing and telecommunications.

Besides his employment as university lecturer and researcher he has been involved in several international strategic studies and research projects related to Intelligent Networks, Telecommunications Management Systems, Personal/Mobile Communications, TINA/Next Generation IN, and Mobile Agents / mobile Middleware within Deutsche Telekom AG, EURESCOM and the European RACE / ACTS / IST research programmes. From 1996 - 1998 he chaired the "Intelligent Communication Environments" research department at the GMD Research Center (now being part of Fraunhofer) for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), where he was responsible for several projects related to the evolution of service delivery platforms in face of most recent IT, namely IN, TINA, CORBA, J2EE, Intelligent/Mobile Agents. In those days he has lead the development of the globally recognized Grasshopper Mobile Agent Platform. From 1998 –2002 he worked as R&D coordinator for the IKV++ Technologies AG, a spin-off company of GMD FOKUS, which provided consultancy services and developed advanced telecommunication middleware and service products.

In 2002 Thomas Magedanz has been called as full university professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the new chair for next generation networks (called Architekturen der Vermittlungsknoten - AV in German), sponsored by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, where he is concentrating on the education of master and PhD students, performing special lectures and project courses in the field of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based service delivery platforms for converged media and commucications services on top of next generation networks and the future internet.

In addition, he acts as managing director of the “next generation network infrastructure” competence center of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, which also provides various testbeds and tools in the context of Next Generation Networks and Open Converged Service Delivery Environments. The most popular ones include the Open IMS Playground established in 2004 and the Open Source IMS Core System published in 2005.

In 2007 he opened the new Open SOA Telco Playground for IMS/Web2.0/SOA service prototyping on top of NGNs and legacy circuit switched telecom networks.

All this activities have lead, in 2013, to the establishment of the new Smart Communications Playground, which enables the rapid and seamless creation and provision of Smart City Applications, facilitated by a set of generic human to human and machine to machine communication APIs and SDKs making strong use of emerging HTML5, WebRTC and cloud-based service delivery platforms.

In spring 2010, he founded the Future Seamless Communication Playground based on the new FOKUS Open Evolved Packet Core software toolkit with the purpose of enabling applied research on IP core network evolution and seamless mobility support in multi access wireless network environments. In 2011, he expanded, with his team, into the machine 2 machine (M2M) communications domain by developing the Open Machine Type Communications software toolkit, which represents a reference implementation of the international ETSI M2M and OneM2M standards.

With the increasing impact of cloud technologies in the telecommunication landscape, and the rising notion of software defined networks (SDNs) and new network realisation concepts like network function virtualization (NFV), the OpenSDNCore has been developed, in 2013, enabling the dynamic deployment and operation of OpenIMS and OpenEPC toolkits, as well as other virtual functions in cloud environments. Putting all these toolkits together with the related expertise, Prof. Magedanz is actively contributing, since 2014, to the domain of the emerging 5G networks, which will represent, in addition to a new radio interface, a highly performant, low latency, high bandwidth, dynamic, and efficient SDN-based distributed core network platform; targeting, in a large extend, the industry 4.0 and thus M2M applications. Therefore the new Open5GCore, released in autumn 2014, marks a new cornerstone for enabling applied research and early prototyping of new network designs, protocols, algorithms, as well as innovative professional applications. The corresponding Testbed build around the Open5GCore is the 5G Playground, which is also part of the Fraunhofer 5G Berlin Testbed.

In addition to all this, Prof. Magedanz has lead the German GLab DEEP Project and joined in 2007 the European FIRE (Future Internet Research Experimental Facilities) Expert Group, in which he is actively promoting the federation of NGN and future internet research testbeds. In this context he was and still is very active in several FIRE projects, such as Openlabs, BonFIRE, and Fed4FIRE. In addition, he and his team are very active within the more Industry targeted FI Private Public Partnership (PPP) Program, in which the developed OpenXXX toolkits are used as enabling technologies within the FI PPP flagship projects FIWARE, XIFI, and FISTAR. In all of these above mentioned initiatives Prof. Magedanz is actively prototyping the evolution of Next Generation Networks towards the Future Internet and establishing a Smart City enabling platform based on the aforementioned toolkits.

In this network evolution context Prof. Magedanz and his team is working closely with major international network operators around the globe (including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, PT Innovacao, Orange, BT, NTT, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom Indonesia, Telkom South Africa, Entel S.A., etc) as well as equipment manufacturers (such as Qualcomm, Intel, NSN, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) which make use of the aforementioned toolkits and testbeds to prototype innovative applications and test interoperability and network migration scenarios.

Since 2005 Prof. Magedanz is organizing the famous IMS Workshop series, which has been renamed in 2010 into FUSECO Forum, bringing together every year 200-300 international experts from more than 30 nations FUSECO FORUM Since 2009 he is organizing the international IEEE Workshop Series on Open NGN and IMS Testbeds - ONIT.

Prof. Magedanz aims also for global academic networking. In this context, Prof. Magedanz is acting since 2006 as Extraordinary Professor for Next Generation Networks and Services at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From 2007 – 2009, he was also Visiting Professor to the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. Since October 2012 he is also acting as Visiting Professor at the Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica (DIE) at the Universidad de Chile. In 2012, he started a DAAD project Unified Future Internet Testbeds, which is aiming to harminze education and research infrastructures (i.e. testbeds) and corresponding lectures across TU Berlin and four partner universities in the southern hemisphere, namely Universidad de Chile, University of Cape Town, Hanoi University for Technology, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

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