Prototyping and Integration

Prototyping and integration activities will be geared towards the successful implementation of the demonstration strategy in terms of its underlying technology.

Key to the success of the User Terminal Integration activity is the hybridisation of the various geo-location technologies at the terminal level (E-OTD-Matrix, A-GNSS, Enhanced MAPS and WLAN/Bluetooth) taking into account the parallel technical activities at the network side (local elements) as well as the development of the specific applications and the phasing of their associated demonstrations. The activity assesses the performances of three different terminals (all handheld and based on either mobile phone- or PDA-type platforms) based on different and complementary technologies.  The exact ‘mix’ of technologies depends on the following factors: commercial viability versus successful integration of EGNOS/Galileo position technology; application/demonstration requirements; and available skills and budget.

he A-GNSS server unit is integrated with other wireless network elements to enable the GNSS-based component of the hybridised geo-location solution.  The task is not limited to integration only. It also covers the development and testing of algorithms designed to improve interoperability with commercial-grade core network elements, implement User Plane protocols and alleviate user location delay.

The GNSS-Communications Hybridisation activity produces interfaces and products that enable the hybridisation of GNSS into the mobile network positioning domain.  It integrates high accuracy mobile technology in order to bridge the gap between the high accuracy of A-GNSS and relative low accuracy of cell-based mobile positioning.  A series of field trials of the high accuracy technology will be performed in order to validate its performance.

Further, the local-element technologies needed to enable indoor and deep-indoor location are investigated.  Focus will be placed on innovative methods to improve availability and accuracy for LBS, according to the various usage scenarios for the specified applications and considering current or near-future wireless protocols such as: Bluetooth WiFi/WiMax, RFID, etc. The prime criteria will be commercial viability and complementarities with EGNOS/Galileo. Attention is also paid to the restricted battery life of mobile handsets.

The Network Integration activity will deliver a network integrated platform for testing and demonstration the main components of the AGILE local element solution.  As such, it brings together all the network infrastructure elements needed to deliver the applications and demonstrations proposed.