"EuWIn@CTTC in Barcelona, Spain"

Barcellona, Spain


The CTTC site features the following three high performance testbeds, which are the core of the EuWIn@CTTC assets:

a) GEDOMIS® (GEneric hardware DemOnstrator for MIMO Systems): GEDOMIS® is an experimental platform that comprises a complete set of high performance baseband prototyping boards (FPGA and DSP-based), signal generation equipment, high-end RF front-ends, signal analysis instruments, specialized software tools and APIs. A key instrument of the testbed is the EB Propsim C8 channel emulator, which can be configured to provide realistic mobility scenarios of both certified and user-designed channel models. The Propsim C8 operates in real-time and facilitates the verification and testing of system designs prior to field-trials. Hence, GEDOMIS® offers a lab environment that enables the prototyping of next generation broadband wireless communication systems, which feature bit-intensive OFDM PHY-layer techniques possibly combined, if desired, with multi-antenna schemes. Moreover, the prototyping boards of GEDOMIS® feature various energy consumption measurement blocks, which can be used to assess the energy-efficiency for a given hardware implementation. 

b) GNSS-SDR (Global Navigation Satellite System - Software Defined Radio): GNSS-SDR is an open source GNSS software defined receiver that adresses the design and implementation of multi-constellation, multi-band GNSS receivers. According to its open nature, the source code is published under General Public License (GPL) v3, which secures practical usability, inspection, peer-review and continuous improvement by the research community, allowing the discussion based on tangible code and the analysis of results obtained with real signals. In addition to the source code, the project offers a development ecosystem (website, code repository, mailing list, bug tracker) that aims to build a community of researchers, developers and users around the project. The ultimate goal is to provide high-accuracy positioning for the masses, and for free. There are many ways for researchers to contribute to the project, e.g., programming new features (algorithms, receiver architectures, etc.), optimizing existing algorithms, reporting bugs or debugging existing features, among many others. This facility's equipment comprises an RF signal generator (Agilent's Vector Signal Generator E4438C equipped with GPS Personality), an assortment of GNSS antennas, RF measurement equipment (oscilloscope, network analyzer, spectrum analyzer), a set of Universal Software Radio Peripherals (V1 and V2) and USB data grabbers.

c) OpenInLocation (an open lab for research on indoor location): The main objectives of this lab is to drive R&D and innovation in indoor location by evaluating state-of-the-art and commercial technologies in challenging environments, improving them in terms of enabling High-Definition Situation-Aware (HDSA) applications and services, and, finally, fostering collaboration to contribute with new ideas for indoor positioning, to disseminate results and outreach to new audiences beyond Newcom#. This lab is composed of a set of extremely low-cost, programmable nodes that can act either as anchor node or as a mobile node, the wireless interfaces for such nodes (WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.), sensors (in IC form), and the corresponding software repository.


This laboratory is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the FP7 Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications NEWCOM# (Grant agreement no. 318306).

7 Framework Programme

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