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Interaction among work packages (click on image to enlarge)

WP1: System Design and Software Implementation

The Work Package focuses on the design of the building blocks of the MONROE system and its implementation. First, use cases will be defined and then the system will be designed considering the use cases. The implementation involves all software components of the system, including the user access, experiment scheduling, measurement and visualization. The implementation will take place in two phases. In the first phase, a prototype will be implemented with basic functionality. The experiments will be run on this prototype and the experimenters will provide feedback on the their requirements. Considering this feedback, in the second phase the implementation will be finalized with extensions and modifications.

Node capabilities defined in WP2 will provide input to system design and implementation. The requirements of the use cases in WP3, maintenance routines defined in WP4 and external users feedback in WP5 will be used to further enhance the system in terms of capabilities and functionalities.

WP2: Hardware Design and Node Deployment

This second Work Package involves all HW-related activities. First, the MONROE node will be designed and tested. After all the components for the MONROE nodes are ordered and assembled, the nodes will be deployed in 4 countries. In order to avoid losing connection with the nodes, robust node recovery methods will be designed and implemented, and replacement procedures will be developed.

The requirements in system design as well as the use cases defined in WP1 will provide input to node design and deployment.

WP3: Experiments 

WP3 is devoted to design and execution of the experiments based on these use cases defined in WP1. We focus on three main use case areas: (i) performance assessment of (MBB) networks, (ii) service-oriented measurement and estimation of QoE, and (iii) examination and evaluation of innovative protocols and services for MBB networks including multi-link connectivity.

Experiments will be designed and executed on selected use cases. These experiments  (scripts, sample results, tools to analyze these results and user guide) will also be provided as EaaS to external users.

System design, software capabilities and use cases defined in WP1 and node capabilities defined in WP2 will affect applicable use cases and experiments.

WP4: Maintenance

WP4 is responsible for all maintenance activities of the MONROE nodes and MONROE system. Here, the focus will be to keep as many MONROE nodes as possible up and running. In order to do that, we will first define the routines for maintenance. We then carry on maintenance activities for the nodes, the backend system and the data produced during the experiments.

System design and implementation in WP1, node design in WP2 and the external users usage of the platform in WP5 will all affect the maintenance activities.

WP5: External Users

This WP is devoted to selection and support of external users. The open calls will be used to select external users. There will be two phases of external users in the project. In the first phase, the external users will be involved in the system design and implementation by providing feedback on their experience and requirements. The second phase users will have access to a more mature system but will not be able to influence the system implementation.

System design and software capabilities defined in WP1, node capabilities defined in WP2 and the maintenance activities run in WP4 will all affect the external users and the experiments they can run on the platform.

WP6: Management

WP6 is responsible for overall work plans for the project. It will set the necessary documentation and communication infrastructure, coordinate the interaction with the European Commission as well as among the consortium, monitor the work progress on the basis of quality assurance and risk management plans along with problem and contingency handling, and manage the progress and financial reporting for the project.

WP7: Dissemination and Exploitation

WP7 covers all the dissemination and exploitation activities, with the goal of establishing MONROE as the European benchmark platform for MBB measurements and testbed activities. These activities involve creating and selecting tools and guidelines to efficiently coordinate and execute the dissemination measures, including web sites, forums, targeted social media, channels to policy makers, channels to reach relevant European technical press, unified designs and communication style. In addition, the work package provides the results of the experiments to the public (OPEN DATA) and participates in FIRE+ events and other international events to showcase FIRE and MONROE. Finally, MONROE will develop funding and business models to grow the platform into more countries and sites, also to sustain the impact and usage after the end of the project

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