Short Partner Descriptions
- Nokia Siemens Networks nv, Belgium, as part of the worldwide Nokia-Siemens joint-venture, is active in both Mobile Networks (towards mobile operators) and Fixed Networks (towards fixed carriers and enterprises). The company has several R&D competences relevant to the project and actively cooperates with its headquarters and other Nokia Siemens Networks offices worldwide for creating carrier and business solutions for the world market. The divisions of Nokia Siemens Networks in Belgium have built up considerable business know-how and technical expertise in areas like:
- SIP/H.323 VoIP networks (UMTS IMS & other converged voice/data network types);
- IP telephony softswitches for carrier and enterprise telephony and cable environments;
- Unified Communication and other Presence-based services (SIP/SIMPLE, PAM, Wireless Village, ...);
- Home & SME access & intelligent gateways (xDSL & cable) - Home automation/security applications (OSGi, MHP);
- Mobile Services & Devices (SMS/MMS, J2ME Java Development, Mobile ID Management, mobile middleware, ...);
- XML (XHTML, WAP, VoiceXML, Portal technology, document generation);
- Enterprise Solutions for integrated real-time communication & business-processes;
- WLAN networks and Voice-over-WLAN;
- IP data networks - QoS - Network policies - Network security;
- Interoperability with legacy telecom networks (SS7, ISDN, ...).
- K.U.Leuven's Department of Computer Science, and more specifically its research group Distributed systems and computer networks (DistriNet) is a well-known centre of expertise in software technology that clusters research & development in areas such as Real-Time and Embedded Systems, Ambient Intelligence, Software Engineering Methods and Security. The available skills cover both fundamental know-how as well as expertise in application driven projects.
The domain of innovation and expertise of DistriNet is the architecture, composition and development of open, distributed, flexible and dynamic object-oriented and/or component-based platforms for advanced software systems, using state of the art software technology. The research is always application driven and is often conducted in close collaboration with industry. The research within DistriNet is organised around a number of task forces: Embedded systems, Networking, Agent Technology, Language Support and Security.
DistriNet can boast a 20-year long experience in system software for distributed systems. The research has expanded from pure distributed operating systems to support-platforms for distributed applications.
- Concentra Media joined the LOMS consortium in July 2006. Concentra Media is a full-scale multimedia group comprising newspapers, free local papers, magazines, regional TV stations and online products.
- Orga Systems GmbH is an international company operating in the segment of Mobile Telecommunication. Orga Systems has subsidiaries in Italy, Brazil, and Ukraine, and branch offices in Spain and Turkey. It is the technology leader in Billing and specializes in enabling services for Mobile telecommunication networks.
Orga Systems’ customer portfolio includes more than 40 well-known telecommunications operators. The company's core operations comprise the development, marketing, and sales of products and solutions for the areas of Convergent Billing, 3G Messaging Services as well as Card and Device Management. The service portfolio continues to be characterized by modular designs, open programming standards and extreme flexibility in the realization of specific customer requirements and demands.
In the LOMS project, Orga Systems will contribute with its expertise in the areas of mobile billing, value added services, and device management.
- Over the past 150 years, Siemens has developed to be one of the leading electrical engineering, electronics and IT companies in the world. Siemens participates in this project through C-LAB, which is part of the Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH & Co. OHG division, being a legally independent entity. In the field of information and communications, it presents a wide range of market segment know-how with specific industry expertise and technological knowledge.
The work in LOMS will be carried out by C-LAB, which was founded in 1985 under the auspices of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, and is the joint research and development laboratory operated by Siemens AG and the University of Paderborn. C-LAB's vision is based on the fundamental premise that the challenges arisen by the transition to a future information society can only be met through global co-operation and deep inter-working of theory and practice. That’s why academic staff and industry experts co-operate successfully on joint projects within a common research and development organisation together with international partners.
The main objectives of C-LAB are to
- provide innovative base technologies, prototypes, pre-products, and products, and
- participate directly in innovative industry projects.
- Communology GmbH is one of the leading providers in the area of mobile handset testing as well as development of J2ME applications. Since 2001, Communology has developed a real time quality assurance process for handsets and mobile value-added services. The application development and the handset testing have a synergy effect and profit from the knowledge transfer from one another. Communology is able to offer individually customized software solution for mobile handsets. Additionally, Communology offers consulting services in the form of customer-specific projects.
In the LOMS project, Communology will work on a Java client for mobile handsets that can be used to access various services on the intended LOMS platform. Communology is particularly interested in services which can deliver customized multimedia content based on the user’s location and context.
- The Infoman AG was founded by scientists of the leading institute of applied research in Germany the Fraunhofer Society. The staff combines the consultancy knowledge with high qualified information engineers. As scientists they have a deep understanding of the innovation processes in the target group.
The main business areas of the Infoman AG are development, consultancy and research of advanced software solutions for customers in the area of customer relationship management, partner relationship management and service relationship management. Thereby the consulting and integration of software solutions in special branches to meet specific customer needs (mainly machinery and manufacturing) are of particular relevance. To meet future requirements Infoman AG is continuously involved in Research & Development projects. The targeted main branches of customers are mechanical engineering companies.
- YellowMap AG is the location-based services entity of CAS Software AG and SAP AG and has become Germany's leading provider of directory technologies with integrated city maps.
YellowMap is already an important supplier of location-based services today as a provider linking high-quality content (business adresses, restaurant informations, infos about medical care etc., cityguide) with geocoded data.
YellowMap depicts the “Yellow Pages“ – represented in a media conform way and adjusted to the demands of the Internet: YellowMap provides users with a search engine resting upon state-of-the-art technology (location-based services) and listed companies as well as tradesmen with new customers.
YellowMap has flexible options to integrate third-party applications for Web Services or mobile solutions. The interfaces are completely built on open standards (XML, SOAP, etc.) and allow for seamless and multimodal usage. Extensive personalisation options as well as push and pull possibilties form an innovative and future-oriented basis.
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FhG) is the leading applied research organisation in Germany and Europe with 54 research institutes working in different fields of science and engineering with about 12.000 employees. In LOMS, FhG participates through Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO). Fraunhofer IAO is active in the field of technology management and industrial engineering, in particular computer-integrated business systems, organisational- and software engineering, human-computer interaction as well as technology transfer. Fraunhofer IAO is staffed with approximately 200 scientific and technical employees and some 300 student research assistants.
With its m-lab Demonstraction Center for mobile enterprise software (www.m-lab.iao.fraunhofer.de), Fraunhofer IAO has gained experience and skill concerning major aspects of designing, implementing and evaluating interactive mobile systems in office, manufacturing and home environments. In cooperation with the usability laboratory, Fraunhofer IAO conducts research aiming at the evaluation of mobile applications, end devices, and adequate network technologies. Experienced in several national and European funded programmes, Fraunhofer IAO has in particular the expertises to analyse and design mobile business processes, specify business process adequate mobile support systems and devices, including the evaluation of human computer interfaces and strategies of Enterprise Application Integration. The scenarios for integrated local based service systems will be demonstrated in the m-lab.
- The University of Paderborn is represented with C-LAB. C-LAB is part of the computer science department and a joint R&D Institute with Siemens. C-LAB has been founded in 1985 under the auspices of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, and is the joint research and development laboratory operated by Siemens IT Solutions and Paderborn University, Germany. The department of Computer Science, which has been, among others, a leading R&D centre for circuit- and system design technology for more than a decade. Special research areas include system specification languages, simulation techniques and design methodology.
C-LAB's vision is based on the fundamental premise that the gargantuan challenges thrown up by the transition to a future information society can only be met through global co-operation and deep inter-working of theory and practice. This is why, under one roof, staff from the university and from industry co-operate closely on joint projects within a common research and development organisation together with international partners. In doing so, C-LAB concentrates on those innovative subject areas in which cooperation is expected to bear particular fruit for the partners and their general well being.
Co-operative computing & communication" is C-LAB's general field of operation. This field covers computer applications and computer technologies ("Computing"), and computer-assisted communication ("Communication"). In the forthcoming years, C-LAB assumes that notably the penetration of new computer and communication technologies will pose a major technological and social challenge. An important task here is to mould these new computer and communication technologies into a genuine instrument of co-operation for people living in a world of rapid changes. Especially within the business world, key aspects like mobility and distribution of work have to be considered. Moreover, the design of nomadic information and communication systems has to involve user-friendly operating procedures - simple, intuitive and secure.
Having that in mind, C-LAB participates with both its Siemens and University parts in the LOMS project and will contribute its expertise in the areas of computer vision based context retrieval and context dependend adaptation and provision of services and their user interfaces.
- The University of Rostock was founded in 1419 and is one of the oldest universities of Germany and the oldest in the Baltic region. The university consists of eight faculties (Agriculture, Engineering, Law, Mathematics and Natural Science, Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, Economical and Social Sciences). Currently the University has almost 10,000 students, among them around 300 international students from over 40 different countries. The University of Rostock was the first university of Germany that established a technical faculty. The faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering has some 800 full-time students in both undergraduate and graduate courses and about 33 professors and 80 research assistants sponsored by federal, state, and industrial projects.
The University of Rostock will be represented in this project by the Institute of Applied Microelectronics and Computer Science (AMCS). The AMCS institute belongs to the faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The AMCS institute is responsible for research, education, and industrial collaboration for all aspects of three major topics: microelectronics and VLSI design, software development for embedded systems, and real-time systems.
According to these general fields, the Institute AMCS has main expertise in:
The institute is equipped with some laboratories (e.g. VLSI, real-time systems, multimedia). A variety of projects have been successfully completed in the past years for research purposes or as part of technology transfer projects in co-operation with industrial partners.
- object oriented and component based software development for embedded systems,
- fast cryptographic and security architectures for ad-hoc network,
- efficient transformation of complex system algorithms into VLSI architectures,
- hardware software co-design and reconfigurable computing,
- design methodologies for hard real-time systems,
- location positioning and location determination,
- wireless sensor networks,
- common wireless technologies.
- The DAI-Labor of the Technical University of Berlin was founded 12 years ago. Prof. Albayrak, the scientific director of the DAI-Labor also holds the chair for Agent Technologies in Business Applications and Telecommunication. The main research focus is on agent technologies and their application areas, such as the development of next generation mobile services. The solution oriented research approach of the DAI-Labor is underlined by strong partnerships with industrial enterprises like Deutsche Telekom, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and Motorola. In close co-operation with Deutsche Telekom AG, the DAI-Labor developed the Serviceware Framework JIAC (Java Intelligent Agent Componentware) which allows the effective and efficient development and deployment of mobile services. We intend to contribute significant parts of this framework to the LOMS project. Also in the field of service creation methodologies (Service Engineering), the expertise of the DAI-Labor will have a significant influence on the project.
- Created in 1973, Ibermática is a private Spanish Software Engineering Company, with 1600 employees, and a turnover for 2001 of 140 Million of Euros.
Ibermática's activity is Consultancy and Software Services, having in its catalogue services such as System Planning and Assessment, Product Selection and Evaluation, Application Diagnostics, Project Development and Implementation, System Maintenance, Training and Outsourcing. More than 65% of Ibermática's activity is related to Information Retrieval and Management Systems.
Commercial activity is based on three basic principles:
- To adapt solutions to customer needs in the effective use of information and communication systems.
- To act as solution providers to our customers, which means delivering the best solution to their needs (in price, in functionality, in adaptability, in lead-time, etc.).
- To use the most open architectures that allows re-usability and adaptation to the different customer’s H&S environment. Ibermática has a thorough understanding of the sectors to which it offers customised solutions: Financial, Insurance, Public Administration, Health, Education, Services, Industry and Telecommunications.
- Created in 1993, the European Software Institute (ESI) is a foundation launched by initiative of the European Commission and with the support of leading European companies and the Basque Government. The primary objective of ESI is to contribute to the development of the competitiveness of the European industry through the promotion, continuous improvement and knowledge in Information Technologies. To this end, ESI identifies, validates, packages and disseminates good software development and management practices.
ESI is situated in the Technology Park of Zamudio, close to Bilbao in northern Spain. It has an international staff of around 70 people. The technical team has extensive technical and managerial experience from industry and from academia to ensure the practical dissemination and implementation of technology.
ESI works close to the market to identify current needs and to anticipate future needs in the constantly changing sector of Information and Communication Technologies. Though collaboration and co-operation with its members and with leading European companies, ESI develops innovative products and services that ease the transfer of technology and contribute to improve industry competitiveness. Product and service development puts the emphasis on the validation of the approaches by performing experimental trials that ensure its effectiveness. The result is a portfolio of packaged products and services including consultancy packages, start-up services (short, focussed services, requiring a reduced effort and with practical, hands-on activities), collaborative R&D projects, classroom-based training courses, internet-based training courses, publications (state-of-the-art surveys, models, methods).
The cycle is completed by bringing ESI products and services to the market. ESI gets to the market through its own consultancy and training units. However, the real multiplication effect and world-wide impact is achieved through ESI’s Commercial Network, named ESI@net. The partners of ESI@net have a strong penetration in their local markets, acting as transition partners for ESI products and services through licensing, marketing and distribution agreements. They sell and deliver ESI products and services in all parts of the world (36 countries in 2003) and generate around 50% of the income coming from the market.