CoMoNet – Convergent Mobile Networks

CoMoNet deals with the convergence of different mobile data transmission technologies and possible application scenarios in the region of Salzburg. Thereby technologies like UMTS, GSM/GPRS, WLAN/Wimax and DVB-H/DVB-T are explored and tested.

Technological Background
One of the major topics in recent ICT research and also product development is the growing together of different data transmission technologies, and the services which are using them, called “Convergence”. Internet, television and telephony provider are increasingly offering a combination of data transmission, speech and television (the so called “triple play”). The vision for the future is to combine these services with several mobile data transmission technologies without having drawbacks for the users, like bad transmission quality or high delays. In these scenarios it will be very important to be able to offer the desired quality at an attractive price, and also to develop new services with added value for the user.

The Situation in Salzburg
The introduction of UMTS in Salzburg offers new possibilites on the one hand, but is a great challenge on the other hand, because the conditions (field strength limits) make it impossible to guarantee an area wide UMTS coverage. This leads to the necessity to enable handover to similar technologies (e.g. seamless handover from WLAN to UMTS).

CoMoNet Projects
Together with our partners from the industry we are working in several part projects. We develop concepts, prototypes and demonstrators to validate our research fields in practical scenarios.

We have defined the following research fields within CoMoNet:

  • DVB-H
  • Display Control
  • Middleware for Mobile Services
  • Remote Sensing
  • Watermarking
  • Field Strength Measurements

Research and Education in the “CoMoNet Lab”
The collected knowledge of CoMoNet will be offered to the regional industry, but also it will be disseminated in education at the Polytechnical University of Salzburg (FH Salzburg) in Salzburg-Urstein. For testing of mobile applications we will build up a “CoMoNet Lab” at FH Salzburg. This lab enables our partner SMEs to test their developments in a practical environment, and offers the students courses which are adjusted to the needs of the companies. Students projects, practical courses and diploma thesis will be conducted in the CoMoNet Lab. In addition we organise talks of external experts, which can be hold either in the FH Salzburg, or in the University of Salzburg or in the Science:City:Salzburg.