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Investigations about the project PROSES are finished

February 7th 2012

The project, in which CATEC has participated along with other enterprises and research centres, has enabled to prove the use of mobile agents between aeronautical aerial and ground nodes

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Investigations about the project PROSES are finished
The project R&D PROSES (Network PROtocols for the SES, Single European Sky), has been aimed at developing new aeronautical communications systems to operate in intermittent lines like the dubbed DTN (Delay and Disruption tolerant Networks) which can be included in the new necessary communications systems to reach the required level of distribution of the information as the European initiative SESAR (SES ATM Research) is proposing.

This investigation is based on the use of mobile software players which can jump from a node to another node transporting information from the origin to the destination. The transmitted message could be sent from one aircraft to another one and then arrive in ground. From this place, it could be distributed through conventional communication infrastructures. This system could be used, for instance, in transoceanic routes, where there is no ground coverage; so far the only available system is via satellite, which is quite expensive. At the same time, this system could be used to transport no critical messages and without real-time requirements (for instance, emails of passengers, news delivery, etc.).

Flight test and analysis of results were performed to finish the activities of research of the project PROSE last December. The project has enabled to prove the viability of the use of mobile agents to transport information between aeronautical aerial and ground nodes.

CATEC has participated in this initiative along with other enterprises and aerospace research centres and ICT companies, precisely the partners involved in the project are Deimos Space (coordinator), Advanced Wireless Dynamics, and the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona (UAB). The project has been developed during three years and had a total budget of €951.613, 374.420 of which has been backed by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce (National Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation Plan 2008-2011) and the Regional Development Funds (ERDF).

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