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Project Duration:
  • Started: 01.01.2015
  • Ends: 30.06.2017


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Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) Logo

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
Steinbachstrasse 19
52074 Aachen
Contact: c.brecher(at)wzl.rwth-aachen.de
The Laboratory for Machine Tools (WZL) and Production Engineering of Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) is one of the largest and most productive university institutes of its kind in Europe. The institute carries out both basic and applied research projects directly addressing the needs of industry and finding practical solutions for modern and efficient production in a wide field of activity: research and development, design, quality, management, organization, production, planning, manufacturing, assembly, automation and control. In the BMBF project “Coordinated industrial communication” WZL develops a cross-layer framework on application layer for a decentralized device communication and coordination based on a software defined radio platform and a MAC protocol definition. The framework encompasses a modeling methodology for an identification and description of industrial components to facilitate and accelerate commissioning processes.

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Ericsson GmbH
Ericsson Allee 1
52134 Herzogenrath
Contact: michael.meyer(at)ericsson.com
Ericsson is a provider of telecommunications equipment and services for mobile cellular communication networks. In the scope of the KoI project, Ericsson is developing new radio concepts providing low latency and high reliable for industrial automation applications. In particular, Ericsson analyzes different tradeoffs for the air interface design and develops new algorithms for radio resource management. In this context, Ericsson also studies the role of LTE for interference coordination and analyzes based on that different network architecture options. Together with the network functionalities, some security mechanisms are being studied.

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COMSYS - RWTH Aachen University
Ahornstr. 55
52062 Aachen
Contact: klaus(at)comsys.rwth-aachen.de
The Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems (COMSYS, i4) of RWTH Aachen University, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle, conducts research in the area of wireless and mobile communication, wireless sensor networks, distributed systems, security and privacy and cross-layer protocols. Currently, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle is supervising about 20 PhD students, several Postdocs and technical employees. The research focus lies on methodological protocol design and implementation within ISO/OSI layers 2 to 7 and systematic evaluation and validation using real-world hardware set-ups.
Within the KoI project, COMSYS will design and develop a real-time MAC protocol for wireless communication, supporting communication guarantees regarding low latency and high reliability. A prototypical implementation of the MAC protocol, using the WARP platform and the specialized HHI Software Defined Radio platform, will be provided. It will be evaluated under realistic industrial environment conditions to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed design solution for industrial automation. Furthermore, COMSYS together with WZL will contribute in the development of a cross-layer coordination framework, which will enable a planned, large-scale deployment of a wireless factory automation system.
Universität Paderborn

Universität Paderborn

Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn
Contact: Holger.Karl(at)upb.de

The University of Paderborn (UPB) is a university with about 17.000 students. Her motto "University of the Information Society" highlights her focus and is supported by its particularly strong department of computer science (recently accounted under the top five in Germany). UPB is represented here by the computer networks research group that provides a substantial history of research concerning mobile and wireless networking for different kinds of networking scenarios and different kinds of applications.
Within the KoI project, UPB will be focussing on the the resource allocation within the coordination system. Starting with a fine-grained demand analysis and a close collaboration with other project partners to determine suitable interfaces between the KoI air interface to the coordination system, UPB will later be working on the development of fast and reliable algorithms to perform the resource allocation for the air interface to guarantee its real-time capability.

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Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Einsteinufer 37
10587 Berlin
Contact: Thomas.Haustein(at)hhi.fraunhofer.de
Within the KoI project, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) will be working on the development of a real-time capable radio interface and novel PHY and MAC layer approaches for the automation and production cells. One important aspect is the characterization of the radio propagation environment of industrial device-to-device (D2D) links, the design of new waveforms and the development of latency-optimized algorithms for D2D channel estimation and monitoring. The HHI is investigating estimation schemes which permit channel quality measurements between the links with low overhead messaging. The integration of aforementioned mechanisms into protocols for multiuser medium access shall be achieved. Finally, HHI plans to realize a prototypical implementation of key functionalities of the PHY on a demonstration platform. Another line of research will be the efficient and robust coordination of the radio resources for the local wireless communication cells and the integration into existing cellular infrastructures like LTE. Here, HHI will contribute in the investigation of smart resource and interference management schemes.

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WiseSense GmbH
Garbsener Landstr. 10
30419 Hannover
Contact: andreas.wilzeck(at)wisesense.net
wiseSense GmbH is a technology-oriented company situated in Hannover. We offer our customers a broad portfolio of products and solutions concerning wireless communications for professional users. It was founded in 2011 from a BMWi EXIST research transfer project, conducted at the Institute for Communications Technology at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover. wiseSense GmbH is engaged in the design and analysis of the coexistence of wireless solutions. We focus on professional groups of users and applications. To this end, we include in particular the use of measurement-, test-, analysis- and wireless solutions for the production of industrial goods and products, the production of content (eg, audio / video), medicine and public security organizations. Within the KOI project WiseSense GmbH focuses on the specification and prototype (partial) implementation of an intelligent, low latency cable replacement solution and a cognitive engine for heterogeneous radio resource management. Particular attention will be paid to the ability for automated insertion of the low latency cable replacement solution into an existing heterogeneous coexistence situation. This will be achieved through the use of the Cognitive Engine.

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Weiss Robotics GmbH & Co.KG
In der Gerste 2
71636 Ludwigsburg
Contact: weiss(at)weiss-robotics.de
Weiss Robotics develops and produces highly integrated, mechatronic solutions for the automation industry and research. The product portfolio covers the areas of gripping, tactile sensing and force/torque sensing. The strength of Weiss Robotics is the consequent combination of the latest technologies from mechanics, electronics and software design to innovative products, which allow to accomplish highly demanding tasks in automation and research. Weiss Robotics will bring their expertise of hard- and software interfaces and the knowledge of demands of the users to the KOI project. Besides the specification of the requirements, Weiss Robotics will mainly contribute to the link between gripping technologies and control logic from an automation technology point of view.