11 June 2020
ETSI has awarded the best Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstration of OpenSourceMANO (OSM, a system that is standardized by ETSI) during the Release EIGHT cycle with OSM PoC#10 Automated Deployment of an IP Telephony Service on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using OSM to a group of researchers from University Carlos III of Madrid and IMDEA Networks. The organization has valued “the originality, visibility and technical merit to the exhibition and dissemination of the work of the OSM community”.
Borja Nogales (UC3M), Iván Vidal (UC3M), Víctor Sánchez (IMDEA, UC3M), Francisco Valera (UC3M), Luis F. González (UC3M) and Arturo Azcorra (IMDEA, UC3M) have worked on a flexible platform composed of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, commonly known as drones), capable of supporting the cost-effective deployment of network services in geographically delimited areas through the use of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology. It is important to take into consideration that NFV is considered one of the key-enabling technologies in the development of the 5th generation of mobile networks.
One of the objectives of this experiment is to showcase the automatic deployment of an Internet Protocol telephony service through OSM over a network of interconnected drones, leveraging the capacities of the configured NFV environment. As they explain, although the protocol focuses on a specific type of network service (i.e., IP telephony), the described steps may serve as a general guide to deploy other type of network services.
The researchers have proved that the Proof of Concept demonstrates the practical feasibility of automating the deployment of telecommunication services over resource-constrained devices, particularly drones. However, they highlight that the applicability of this solution to different environments and its potential adaptation will require a careful study in a case-by-case basis.
This work has been partially supported by the European H2020 5GRANGE project as well as by the 5GCIty project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. In addition to the ETSI award, it was selected by OSM as one of its benchmark Proofs of Concept.
ETSI is a European Standards Organization (ESO). They define as “the recognized regional standards body dealing with telecommunications, broadcasting and other electronic communications networks and services”. Furthermore, this organism provides its members with an open, inclusive and collaborative environment, which pretends to contribute to the development and testing of global standards for ICT systems, applications and services.