FascinatE will create an innovative end-to-end system and associated standards for future immersive and interactive TV services. It will allow users to navigate around an ultra-high resolution video panorama, showing a live or recorded event, with matching accompanying audio. The output will be adapted to their particular device, covering anything from a mobile handset to an immersive panoramic display with surround sound, delivering a true personalized multi-screen experience.\nAt the production side, this requires new scene capturing systems, using multiple microphones and cameras with different fields-of-view and frame rates. These various video signals, together with metadata describing their relative alignment, constitute a novel layered scene representation. From this, any particular portion can be rendered at any desired resolution. This represents a paradigm shift in production technology, from today's format-specific view of an area selected by a cameraman to a format-agnostic representation of the whole scene. This approach is considered to be a more intelligent and future-proof alternative to other approaches, which just increase the resolution of the pictures (e.g. to 8k).\nScript metadata will describe shot framing as suggested by the supervising director. Rule-based systems will frame these regions in a subjectively-appealing manner, taking into account knowledge of how to adapt them to different display sizes, as well as the personal preferences and interactions of the user.\nIntelligent network components will tailor the transmitted data to suit the screen size and selected view for each terminal. For low-power devices, the component itself will render the desired view, whereas for powerful devices, better performance will be achieved through selectively transmitting portions of the relevant scene layers.\nAt the user terminal, novel interaction methods will allow viewers to choose either a script-driven view or to freely explore the scene themselves
Currently, femtocells and macrocells are seen as isolated networks, competing for the resources available in the common spectrum band, at the cost of injecting interference to the whole system. FREEDOM project will face key technical and industrial concerns about the foreseen mid-term massive deployment of femtocells by adopting a new approach based on cooperative/coordination paradigms, enabled by the limited ISP backhaul link. The project will not disregard the approach of isolated networks because it is met when there is not enough backhaul link connecting the femtocells and macrocell. In order to guarantee a strong focus and efficiency, FREEDOM will focus on: advanced interference-aware cooperative PHY techniques; improvement of the control plane procedures for seamless connectivity and system-level and hardware feasibility evaluation of the proposed femto-based network architecture.
The main goal of the FARAMIR project is to research and develop techniques for increasing the radio environmental and spectral awareness of future wireless systems. The proposed holistic approach starts from the development of spectrum sensing hardware investigating how such functionality could be efficiently integrated to handheld devices. In the next step, we will combine measurements performed at multiple nodes in a cooperative fashion on a network level, not only to identify spectrum opportunities but also to localize any sources of primary transmissions or interference. This information will be fused to a radio environmental map, which provides the basis for system optimisation. Channel allocation, interference avoidance, and protocol parameter configuration are only selected examples for potential optimisation problems. The consortium will take a practical approach and prototype most of the project innovations showing their real-world value in radio resource optimisation.\n\nAdditionally, extensive spectrum measurements will be conducted at several locations in Europe to provide a valuable basis for spectrum modelling and increase the understanding how spectrum use changes in time, frequency, and space. This task will be implemented in an open access fashion not only enabling the community to access the measurement results but also allowing third-parties to benefit from the FARAMIR measurement setups. The results will naturally improve the design of the radio environmental map and the pursued optimisation solutions.\n\nThe high quality consortium possesses a unique combination of expertise from across the whole value chain of the wireless business starting from a semiconductor research institute, via an infrastructure and two complementary device manufacturers, to a network operator and a regulator, some of whom already participate in pertinent standardisation work. Additionally, four well-acclaimed university partners join their efforts in FARAMIR.