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Find below examples of externally commissioned projects that are/were conducted by CNI. Other current projects can be found on the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology under research activities in the field of communication networks.

Currently Running Projects

DFG-Research Projects

Collaborative Research Center 876


The collaborative research center SFB876 brings together data mining and embedded systems. On the one hand, embedded systems can be further improved using machine learning. On the other hand, data mining algorithms can be realized in hardware, e.g. FPGAs, or run on GPGPUs. The restrictions of ubiquitous systems in computing power, memory, and energy demand new algorithms for known learning tasks. These resource bounded learning algorithms may also be applied on extremely large data bases on servers.

Project duration: 01.01.2015 bis 31.12.2022

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National Projects

Plan and Play - Reliable ad-hoc 5G campus networks for temporary deployment


In addition to the much-discussed reference use case of stationary 5G campus networks, 5G campus networks for temporary use will also be of very great interest in the future whenever extremely demanding local requirements have to be met by the communications network. One example is major international events (Formula 1, America's Cup), where large amounts of data are required for event operations as well as for "live" audience engagement with low latencies and high reliability. Non-stationary, ad-hoc 5G network operation is also imperative in the field of automated intralogistics for the continuous adaptation of reliable network solutions to very rapidly changing application environments. The resulting challenges for demand-oriented planning and self-configuration capability of the network are to be addressed within the framework of the Plan & Play project, which is funded by means of the Federal State NRW by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy (MWIDE) as part of the 5G.NRW funding competition. The consortium consists of Riedel Communications, Fraunhofer IML and PIDSO in addition to consortium leader TU Dortmund.

Project duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

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5Guarantee - Agile system for end-to-end performance guarantees in local 5G networks fully embedded in the industry 4.0 process landscape


The 5Guarantee project explores an agile system for continuous, cross-network monitoring of end-to-end guarantees in terms of throughput, latency, reliability and data security of 5G campus networks. While isolated measurements at the time of installation often reveal the expected peak performance values, 5Guarantee examines in particular the possibility of a spatially distributed stress test that actively monitors network quality on a continuous basis, regardless of whether the 5G network is provided by a network operator as part of a "managed" solution or a "standalone" network is operated by the manufacturing company under its own responsibility.

Project duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

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VIZIT - Virtual integration of decentralized charging infrastructure in cab stands


The VIZIT project elaborates a concept for the provision of public charging infrastructure for inner-city public transport by cabs and puts it into operation. In this process, constructional restrictions on the installation of charging infrastructure at existing cab stands are resolved by the virtual spatial extension of cab stands to surrounding public charging infrastructure. The resulting issues in the initiation of virtual cab stands, such as the allocation/reservation of public infrastructure, communication requirements for the collection and transmission of all necessary information as well as the consolidation and processing of the data generated during the process will be conceptualized and exemplarily integrated into the existing infrastructure of the city of Dortmund.

Project duration: 16.12.2020 - 15.12.2022

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Firefighters are often exposed to extreme conditions during operations. Orientation is particularly difficult when there is a lot of smoke inside buildings, which means that the firefighters can be separated from each other. CELIDON's primary goal is to prevent critical compressed air breathing apparatus accidents and other accident situations in several scenarios through appropriate training, and to create a way of more efficient training by locating separated - or injured - firefighters and making them "visible" to the rescue teams. This is achieved by developing an innovative system for localizing firefighters in environments with low visibility based on ultra-wideband (UWB) communication and augmented reality (AR) technology.

Project duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2021

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In their daily work, task forces face a variety of challenges. Despite training, tactical concepts and protective equipment, thousands of emergency personnel are injured or killed worldwide every year. With the advancing technical development, it is foreseeable that mobile robot systems will take over tasks in order to make the operation more efficient and above all safer. The requirements on the supporting rescue robot systems are complex and varied.

Project duration: 01.10.2018 - 01.10.2022

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5Gain: 5G Infrastructures for local energy systems using artificial intelligence

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The main objectives of the 5Gain project are the development and evaluation of concepts for cellular energy systems, whose regional extraction and production behavior is optimized by means of machine learning methods. Therefore, novel 5G mobile radio networks enable dynamic, dedicated allocation of location-based transmission resources based on shared communication infrastructures (regional network slices) for energy system applications via the use of network slicing.

CNI focuses on the conceptual design of AI procedures for the network management of cellular energy systems, as well as the development of an end-to-end 5G Regional Network system for dynamic, location-specific resource allocation.

Project duration: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022

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Competence Center 5G.NRW


The fifth generation of mobile communications (5G) builds the base for an enormous innovation push. For the increasing industrial digitalization, 5G will realize the needed quality, speed and capacity of networking and data transfer. Usages such as autonomous driving, remote robotic surgery and augmented reality support in maintenance and repair situations are to be enabled and at the same time steadily improved. The projected "Competence Center 5G.NRW" undertakes the central impelling function in the development of North Rhine-Westphalia to the leading market for 5G. Responsible for it is the well-functioning team - as has been proved in previous collaborations - of the universities of Wuppertal as the lead manager, Duisburg-Essen, Dortmund and the FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen.

Project duration: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022

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The PuLS project examines the possibilities of digitalization in the context of challenges resulting from energy system transformation and urban processes using the example of parking and charging infrastructure sharing. In addition to public parking lots, charging points for electric vehicles on private property should also be usable with the PuLS platform. The availability of parking and charging stations will be recorded by sensors and made available in the PuLS platform so that live maps will be available to parking and charging station users. In addition to parking lot detection, the platform integrates traffic flow and air quality sensors for real-time monitoring. The provision of such a platform poses new challenges for energy and communication systems.

Based on typical network configurations from the PuLS pilot area, network-related charging management concepts are derived from reducing the dynamic load on the distributed electric vehicle charging points. In addition to the analysis of power grids, the utilization of communication networks through the integration of a multitude of distributed sensors will also be investigated. In this context, different communication network approaches such as public mobile radio (LTE / NB-IoT) and LoRaWAN as a relevant technology of Low Power Wide Area Networks will be examined in terms of their performance and compared with each other. For the analysis of the energy grid and communication networks, the requirements of the PuLS environment as well as network and data traffic models are converted into detailed scenarios and then simulatively investigated. For evaluation purposes, an end-to-end system demonstrator will be set up in a laboratory environment at TU Dortmund university, which enables a performance analysis based on real hardware. The considered communication networks will be further tested and evaluated in a field-setup in real environments.

Project duration: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022

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For ships in distress at sea every minute counts. Voice-based distress messages are often vague and do not contain all relevant information for a efficient rescue mission. In particular, this applies by missing persons or small vehicles which do not have sufficient technical equipment. In existing rescue operations, the well-equipped rescue cruiser of Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger are used but approach the incident scene relatively slow. Helicopter operation is expensive. Hence, in vague situations the operation is often not efficient.

Project duration: 15.10.2016 bis 14.10.2019

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Completed Projects

DFG-Research Projects

Forschergruppe 1511


Due to the liberalization of electricity markets and the increasing use of renewable energies, European electric transmission grids are operated closer to their limits. To ensure safety and reliability of operation under these stringent requirements, the DFG research group 1511 at the Technical University of Dortmund explores innovative protection and process control applications, in particular to avoid large-scale system failures (blackouts).

Project duration: 01.09.2014 - 30.09.2018

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EU Projects



The core intention of the AutoMat project is to establish a novel and open ecosystem in the form of a cross-border Vehicle Big Data Marketplace that leverages currently unused information gathered from a large amount of vehicles from various brands. The interface to the marketplace is derived from a brand-independent Common Vehicle Information Model (CVIM) that makes aggregated vehicle data accessible to cross-sectorial service providers. AutoMat intends to reduce the costs for realizing and providing services based on vehicle data.

Project duration: 01.04.2015 - 31.08.2018

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Within the BERCOM project ((Blueprint for Pan-European Resilient Critical Infrastructures based on LTE Communications), concepts for a specifically hardened Long Term Evolution (LTE) communication system for critical infrastructures are developed. The performance of this communication system is evaluated using simulations, lab set-ups and practical experiments.

The European energy decentralized generation, transmission and distribution system is in a full-scale change process. In future, Smart Grids shall control those complex systems by means of underlying information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures and corresponding distributed SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) services. Those ICT infrastructures need to fulfil challenging requirements. An increasing amount of devices requires a reliable provision of required data rates and guaranteed response times, especially in critical system situations.

One solution for these challenges is the hardening of the existing LTE technology. Based on current standards, TU Dortmund University develops concepts for optimized resource allocation and relaying of data to guarantee low latencies and high reliability even in concurrency situations. The concepts are evaluated in simulations and experiments using real data of energy systems.

The scientific results of the BERCOM project contribute to the deployment of validated, high reliable communication systems, as well as distribution in the European context.

Project duration: 01.09.2015 bis 31.08.2018

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The overall objective of SecInCoRe (Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory) is to identify data sets, processes, information systems and business models used by first responders and Police authorities leading to a dynamic and secure cloud based ‘common information space’.

Project duration: 01.05.2014 - 30.04.2017

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PlanGridEV is a European Project partly funded in the 7th Framework Programme. The main objective of PlanGridEV is to design new planning rules and operational principles for the optimal integration of Electric Vehicles for different network topologies and with different levels of DER penetration such as PV, wind and solar energy and micro CHP. Tools and methods will be developed that permit DSOs to design new or adapt existing planning rules and investment strategies to ensure technical efficiency and the cost-effective evolution of infrastructures to facilitate the mass roll-out of EV in networks characterized by different levels of DER penetration. Finally, recommendations for the regulatory framework and further developed business models will be elaborated. CNI supports the project with ICT architecture design and evaluates the impact of communication technologies and protocols on the proposed planning rules for DSOs.

Project duration: 01.06.2013 bis 28.02.2019

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Natural or man-made disasters have caused severe damage and many casualties in all European countries over the past ten years. Due to high population densities, the risks and effects of future disasters are expected to be even more dramatic. A key capability to leverage unpredictable large-scale incidents is access to associated information and situation-awareness. Within the FP7 Project AIRBEAM (AIRBorne information for Emergency situation Awareness and Monitoring), a multi-platform approach is investigated to provide fast, large-scale and enriched data to rescue forces.

Project duration: 01.01.2012 bis 31.12.2015

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Stability and cost-efficient operation of Power distribution grids are the main targets of novel information-rich demand, voltage, and generation control, while at the same time aiming to reduce costs for the grid infrastructure. However, adding intelligence to the power grid requires communication and computation infrastructure with consequent requirements for additional investments. To be cost efficient, it is, therefore, essential to enable intelligent power grid operation leveraging existing communication infrastructures. Goal of the SmartC2Net project is to develop, implement, and validate robust solutions that enable smart grid operation on top of heterogeneous off-the-shelf communication infrastructures with varying properties. The resulting innovative middleware functions are: (1) adaptive network and grid monitoring, (2) strategies to control communication network configurations and QoS settings, and (3) extended information models and adaptive information management procedures.

Project duration: 01.12.2012 bis 30.11.2015

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Detection of radioactive substances and their high energy radiation as well as the identification of nu-clides in questions is a major topic in civil security since the effects of excess radiation is known (e.g. Fukishima). Besides the possible natural and man-made hazards in recent and as well in very actual incidents, the EU and their members also have identified other potential threats. In consequence the increased vulnerability of the population has to be mitigated by sophisticated means of early, fast and reliable detection of radioactive sources and in turn prompt, appropriate and effective counteractions.

Project duration: 01.05.2012 bis 31.10.2015

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In the research project e-Dash ("Electricity Demand and Supply Harmonization for EVs"), partly funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, the potential of virtual aggregation of large OEM specific EV fleets (Brand Fleets) is investigated. A major goal of the project is to establish the fleet manager of the EV as a natural participant in the energy market by dealing with the fleet's capacity at the OTC, Day-Ahead as well as the Intra-Day energy trading markets (e.g. EEX in Leipzig, Germany). An OEM specific and EV optimized Over-the-Air (OTA) Telematics Interface is developed enabling the fleet manager to optimize the utilization of the EV fleet as well as capacity or load provisioning to the grid. This near real-time fleet monitoring may ultimately optimize the energy trading processes and allow for more efficient utilization of EV battery capacities as well as economically more efficient use of EV fleets. The Communication Networks Institute of TU Dortmund is responsible for the design, the implementation and validation of the Over-the-Air Interface considering the EV fleet based use case scenarios in e-Dash. Major focus is set on the optimization potential enabled by the OTA interface due to its charge session independence compared to other state of the art V2G communication interface approaches. Current research in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as well as Vehicle-to-Infrastructure standardization (e.g. ETSI) is addressed by the contributions of e-Dash.

Project duration: 01.09.2011 bis 30.11.2014



The IST-MORE project (Network-centric Middleware for GrOup communication and Resource Sharing across Heterogeneous Embedded Systems) is a research project funded by the European Union during the 6th Framework Program. The project builds upon recent approaches in embedded systems research implementing a middleware to overcome the heterogeneity of available network technologies. MORE implements a new service environment to facilitate communication and distributed intelligence across groups of users using different wireless standards. It addresses the problem of how the interaction between groups of humans and embedded systems can be efficiently supported by developing a system that can be easily tailored to the specific needs of diverse application areas. The project targets the design of a web service based middleware that hides the complexity of the underlying heterogeneity of embedded systems through providing simplified APIs and management mechanisms for future operators utilizing the MORE middleware.

Project duration: 01.06.2006 bis 31.05.2009

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The project INTERMON developed and demonstrated a scalable interdomain QoS architecture with integrated topology discovery, monitoring, modelling, simulation and visual data mining components. Specialized tools have been developed allowing user interaction for managing interwork of components using a database which is able to process different kind of information automatically and policy-based. At this conjunction time dependent interdomain performance and traffic information has been used, as well as application QoS and event data.

Project duration: 01.04.2002 bis 31.03.2004

National Projects



OPUS (Optimized Predictive Performance Using Cyber Physical Systems) is a project that develops value contributions, in terms of technologies and processes that are based on excellent methods and novel cyber physical system modules to
a.) guarantee a transparent flow of information, that helps the end consumer to easil control energy-efficiency criteria, based on a community-based assessment.
b.) enhance product and service quality by using (Big) Data Analytics tools, based on the latest sensors, to promptly and reliably evaluate system and environmental data of cyber physical systems, that are accompanied by Preventive Performance actions to prevent larger damages.
c.) prevent possible system breakdowns. For this, highly reliable communication systems and remote access enable a decentralized and context-based evaluation of measurement data, gained from a plurality of distributed and live operating cyber physical systems (e.p. pumps, sensor systems, drive).
d.) optimize the research and development process, which at the same time guaranteed the technological leadership (made in Germany/NRW). Already in the drafting stage, results from installed and productively running systems can be incorporated. In this way, the producer can identify optimization potential and can replace or further develop single components, that can already be in the next batch before warranty claims arise. A perennial development process can than be reduced to a few months.

Project duration: 15.05.2017 - 30.04.2020

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The aim of the project IDEAL (impedance controller and decentralized congestion management for autonomous power flow coordination - funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) is the development of a reactive congestion management system for high and medium voltage networks. Considering aspects of energy engineering and communication technology, an overall system is developed which exploits the network infrastructure on the high voltage and medium voltage level effectively and thus reduces the need for conventional grid reinforcement. Due to increasing flexibility in operation and planning of the power grid, changing infeed conditions can be better controlled and a safe and stable network operation will be achieved.

The Communication Networks Institute conducts research in novel networking concepts between agents, impedance controllers, centralized services and decentralized flexibility. The focus is on the evaluation of meshed network concepts and networking concepts with direct long range communication in the context of agent-based power flow regulation in the energy grid.

Project duration: 01.08.2016 bis 31.07.2019

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While the technologies for autonomous driving on highways are well advanced, the challanges for driving assistants, semi-autonomous and autonomous driving in the complex environment of inner cities are not. This challanges are addressed within the InVerSIV-project.

Project duration: 01.07.2016 bis 30.06.2019

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In the future, electric vehicles will communicate to a great extent with their surroundings, both while driving and during charging. In particular, by integrating these vehicles into the intelligent energy grid (smart grid) and the use of value added services, the topic of data security and data protection has to be integrated into the system approaches in the charging and billing process from the very beginning.

The charging process of an electric vehicle requires a large number of different use cases on the basis of several standards. These are developed or expanded and supplemented (as described in the German Standardization Roadmap Electromobility Version 3.0) and serve as basis for a comprehensive IT security analysis. In this case, the requirements for information security for emobilty must be assessed with regard to intelligibility, everyday suitability, adequacy, economic viability and longevity, and supplementary recommendations for action must be taken in order to ensure a complete data security during measurement and billing processes. For the safety and transparency of the measurement and billing procedures, the requirements resulting from the measurement and calibration law are to be presented, as well as suitable systems for measurement, testing and billing are to be designed and implemented prototypically.

Project duration: 01.01.2016 bis 31.12.2018

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Innovation Platform for Cyber Physical Systems

We see digital transformation as a chance:

CPS.HUB NRW combines competences and knowledge of all disciplines that contribute the development of Cyber Physical Systems, all branches using CPS as well as all regions of the area state NRW. Thereby a dynamic innovative ecosystem is created in which knowledge evolves and all actors have access to the latest FuEuI-Results.

The key to success: Cyber Physical Systems.

Forming a strong network actors within the CPS.HUB NRW develop models, procedures and methods which strengthen the innovative power of KMU, make the development of CPS predicable and the risk assessable. Smart products and services are created for the markets of tomorrow: 4.0 industry, Smart Grids, autonomous driving. Become a part of this network!

Project duration: completed by 31.3.2019

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The introduction of electric buses allows the broader public, especially in urban neighborhoods with high particulate air pollution or noise, to take direct advantage of electric mobility. Previous projects proved the technical feasibility of economically optimized charging systems for electric buses at but depots and even in some pilot projects for opportunity charging at intermediate bus stations. Current state of the art however builds upon demonstration projects with highly individual solutions.

However, a broad and sustainable market launch of eBuses requires the establishment of international technical standards. Hence, eBusCS focuses on the domain-specific development and characteristics of agreed application scenarios, common architectures and communication interface supplements of today's status quo in the field of electric passenger vehicles and the internally recognized Combined Charging System (CCS).

Project duration: 01.08.2015 bis 31.07.2018

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Within the scope of the project SyncFuel (sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, BMVI), a system for charging of electric vehicles is developed under the leadership of the TU Dortmund. This system allows the use of self-generated electricity from regenerative power sources at remote charging points. Today, electricity created by privately owned photovoltaic and wind power plants can either be used locally or sold and fed into the public distribution grid. The use of a synchronized mobile SmartMeter (SMSM) allows syncing the charging of an electric vehicle and the feed at a remote location. The potentially resulting electricity purchase costs reduction at the distant load column can lead to a refinancing option for e-vehicles and loading infrastructure. The SMSM is jointly developed by the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Management and the Chair for Communication Networks. A field test with E-vehicles of the municipal fleet of the city Dortmund is held at selected locations of the Klinikum Westfalen GmbH in connection with municipal locations of the city of Dortmund and possibly private households. The project started on 01.01.2015 and has a duration of three years.

Project duration: 01.01.2015 - 30.09.2018

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The central challenge of the TaMIS (dam measuring information system) project is the reliable and real-time prediction of potential natural hazards caused by cascading effects in the vicinity of dams using the continuous and comprehensive survey and model-based analysis of associated geographic information. The TaMIS project extends the state-of-the-art through research on a highly innovative sensor technology based on underground sensor networks, a comprehensive communication architecture allowing the direct transmission of information via standardized interfaces and development of a detailed forecasting model for differentiated risk analysis, while leveraging existing measurement equipment. The well-balanced consortium consists of the dam operator Wupperverband, the SME TerraTransfer GmbH, the research organization 52°North GmbH and the Dortmund Technical University and is characterized by direct communication channels and strong experience in the conduct of research projects.

Project duration: 01.06.2015 - 30.11.2017

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Hochleistungssensorik Mit Cloud-basierter Echtzeit-Datenverarbeitung für die Digitale Strasse im urbanen- und Fernverkehr

In the context of “Digitale Straße”, the networking of vehicles and infrastructure for future Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) is being promoted actively.

Project duration: 01.08.2015 - 31.12.2017


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The aim of the project „open ECOSPhERE - Enabling open Markets with Grid & Customer-oriented Services for Plug-in Electric Vehicles “ is the linking of requirements and needs of future energy markets with rapidly changing demands of EV users. For this purpose, the project consortium develops service-oriented and user-friendly ICT solutions and applications to match the supply and demand of changing energy markets in the area of tension between user and energy systems, thus, leading to an efficient and sustainable market outcome. Therefore, the present project focuses on two areas of innovation. On the one hand it concentrates on developing services for energy systems and on the other hand it deals with services for EVs and its users. The Communication Networks Institute is responsible for the design, analysis and evaluation of ICT-based strategies for the provision of energy services by EVs, especially in the context of specific use of fluctuating renewable energy sources for EV charging.

Project duration: 01.09.2012 bis 30.11.2014

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The electric mobility project “metropol-E” is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) in the next two years. Local mobility concepts are electrified, and will be tested in conjunction with intelligent and fast charging technologies in the Ruhr area. The municipal fleet in the city of Dortmund is expanded with electric vehicles and e-bikes and is associated with a variety of innovative electric mobility applications. Examples include innovative fast charging techniques and user-friendly accounting methods for full electric vehicles in the city pool. All this is happening against the background of the intelligent integration of renewable energies. For CO2-free charging of the vehicle fleet intelligent photovoltaic systems and micro wind turbines will generate locally the required renewable electricity. The Communication Networks Institute will develop services that collect specific information about the vehicle fleet and integrate them into the booking and reservation system for vehicles. This networking will improve the mobility concept and the energy efficiency of the municipal fleet.

Project duration: 01.11.2011 bis 30.06.2015



In the context of the energy revolution, electro mobility takes a central key position! From an energy-economic standpoint, electrical vehicles as controllable loads and decentralized energy storages can contribute to stabilizing power grids. Therefore, they play an important role when it comes to effective usage of grids, but also in the context of sustainable private transport. Hence, the international standardization for ISO/IEC 15118 vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communication interface is the key factor for the interoperability of electric vehicles and future charging infrastructures, as well as for the integration of electro mobility in the energy-economic value chain. A precondition for that is the required broad acceptance of electro mobility and, thus, an intelligent and seamless infrastructure integration. This can only be attained economically, when the interoperability of all vehicles produced and deployed world-wide with the infrastructure can be ensured. Interoperability also plays a central role when it comes to user acceptance. The goal persists to have a million electric vehicles already placed in the german market until 2020. Since July 2012, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), therefore, funds the project "eNterop". Its goal is to ensure an interoperable communication between electric vehicles and charge spots. Only thereby, a broad acceptance of electro mobility can be attained. In the course of the project, automatable test runs shall be realized in software and hardware that help to ensure interoperability between such systems. On the other hand, a reference platform shall be defined and be publicly disclosed to help especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the market. The project with a lifespan of 2 years and a volume of approximately 4.6 million euros is funded at 50 percent by BMWi and the participating industry partners.

Project duration: 01.07.2012 bis 31.12.2014

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A future widespread use of electric vehicles requires reliable and comprehensive charging infrastructures. The communication between all systems which are involved in order to control and monitor charging processes or to enable flexible billing of charging operations becomes an important factor for the acceptance of the intended electric mobility. It will be a highly distributed infrastructure in a multi-vendor, multi-network and multi-service environment with spatially separated and partially mobile components, which are essential for the integration in established IT-Systems in order to enable reliable grid control. The challenge is to ensure the interoperability of such a system, consisting of different charge point operators, electrical grid components and multitude electric vehicles, through standardized data structures and reliable communication protocols. The central contribution of the Dortmund University of Technology for the "NRW Center of Excellence for Electric Mobility - Infrastructure and Networks" is the project named "Technology and Testing-platform for Interoperable E-mobility, Infrastructure and Networks" (TIE-IN). In order to evaluate new products for their interoperability, within the TIE-IN project a center of excellence consisting of a test- and development environment is build up that can be used by grid- and charging infrastructure operators as well as by different manufacturers in the context of E-Mobility.

Project duration: 17.05.2011 bis 31.05.2014



Cloud Computing is an emerging technology that is attracting increased attention as a high-performance and low-cost solution to process arbitrarily huge data and share them among different users and organizations. Nonetheless, this technology rises new questions concerning security and privacy, especially when working with highly confidential data. Existing solutions offering end-to-end security are of no help since the stored data is only encrypted during its transport. Therefore, a message-level security must at least be applied to protect those data during and after the storing process. This security project investigates a novel solution for secure and highly scalable data storage in the cloud. It allows each client to encrypt outgoing data on his device and share it among a defined user group while using a seamless service provision. The property of Sec2 solution is that users keep full control over their data and no changes on the existing infrastructure of cloud storage services are needed.

Project duration: 01.11.2010 bis 31.10.2013

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The innovative project AVIGLE will expand the current state-of-the-art in security research through a multifunctional avionic digital service platform. This platform will be based on civil autonomous flying robots (Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – MUAV) while delivering near real-time 3D virtualization and groundbreaking strategies for ad-hoc radio coverage in cellular networks. These innovative services enable public institutions to improve their rescue operations in case of incidents. This platform also allows for cost-efficient access to the provided services for private companies clearing the way towards new business models. The platform will allow the user to efficiently create digital 3D models for buildings, estates or even whole cities. In addition, AVIGLE will offer the opportunity to temporarily extend the capacity of the cellular network for security and commercial applications in case of rescue operations, major events or power failure.

Project duration: 01.01.2010 bis 30.09.2013

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The project Falschfahrerwarnsystem (Wrong Way Driver Detection and Alerting System) deals with the design and development of an electronic detection and warning system of wrong-way drivers on highways using wireless technology. These wireless infrastructure components are used for a passive detection of the driving direction and allow the transmission of specific warning messages (local and wide area) to alert the affected traffic with low latency. Energy harvesting solutions are integrated in the development of the individual components to grant the energy self-sufficiency. A mobile warning unit installed in the vehicle will be optionally developed to allow the integration of local (short range radio) warnings to retrofit modules, navigation devices and mobile phones.

Project duration: 01.03.2011 bis 31.08.2013



On construction sites, in agricultural business, but also in industrial plants, as well as in logistics centers many accidents still occur due to the fact that drivers of heavy machinery overlook persons because of blind spots and other visual obstructions within the immediate area. The aim of this project is the development of a novel alarming system to advise the drivers of the potential risks precociously.

Project duration: 01.10.2011 bis 30.06.2013

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E-DeMa develops solutions to make electricity distribution more intelligent. In the future the customer should be able to organize his electricity consumption on when, for example, the price is cheapest during the day. In addition, the consumer/customer should also be able to act as a provider on the energy marketplace. If, for example, he has a small decentralised cogeneration station or a fuel cell in his cellar or a photovoltaic system on his roof, he can feed excess electricity into the grid. The customer becomes a "Prosumer", in other words a consumer and producer at the same time. The low supply amounts of individual households can be concentrated by the energy marketplace. The energy supply system in Germany will thus become more flexible and local.

Project duration: 01.01.2009 bis 31.03.2013

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    The electric mobility project “metropol-E” is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) in the next two years. Local mobility concepts are electrified, and will be tested in conjunction with intelligent and fast charging technologies in the Ruhr area. The municipal fleet in the city of Dortmund is expanded with electric vehicles and e-bikes and is associated with a variety of innovative electric mobility applications. Examples include innovative fast charging techniques and user-friendly accounting methods for full electric vehicles in the city pool. All this is happening against the background of the intelligent integration of renewable energies. For CO2-free charging of the vehicle fleet intelligent photovoltaic systems and micro wind turbines will generate locally the required renewable electricity. The Communication Networks Institute will develop services that collect specific information about the vehicle fleet and integrate them into the booking and reservation system for vehicles. This networking will improve the mobility concept and the energy efficiency of the municipal fleet.

    Project duration: 01.07.2009 bis 30.09.2012



    The SPIDER project (Security System for Public Institutions in Disastrous Emergency ScenaRios) is a research project dealing with civil-security. It is funded by the FMER (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) programme "Protection and Rescue of People" in the domain " Scenario-based Security Research". The Spider-federation-system will provide rescue teams at major incidents with an integrated and intelligent communication system that will enable efficient emergency process management.

    Project duration: 01.03.2009 bis 31.08.2012



    The project aims at developing a geographic information system, consisting of hardware, software, data and applications. Therewith, position related readings of gas sensors should be determined and digitally revised, stored and reorganised, modelled, analysed and presented in an alphanumeric and a graphic way.

    Project duration: 01.11.2008 bis 31.01.2012



    AirShield (Airborne Remote Sensing for Hazard Inspection by Network-Enabled Lightweight Drones) is a BMBF funded research project in the field of “Civilian Safety Research” which relates to the protection of vital and sensitive infrastructures and general population from man made threats and natural disasters. This project is part of the program called "Research for the civilian safety" in the field of "Integrated protection system for rescue and security forces". In this context, the AirShield project proposes the use of (partly) autonomous mobile drones for reconnaissance purpose and aiding in the forecasting and prevention of emergency situations. The mobile drones equipped with lightweight sensors will collect relevant data/information from the incident scene, which will be processed into tangible and actionable information. This information, represented as the visual and/or spatial landscape of the incident scene, will then be relayed to the relevant authority, which is expected to enhance their mission management capabilities and decision process.

    Project duration: 01.07.2008 bis 31.12.2011

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    Mobis Pro


    For large organizations mobile simultaneous access to distributed public authority information systems is still a challenge, if requirements such as high performance, security, reliability and simplicity have to be met concurrently. These requirements have been addressed in the German research project Mobile Information System for Process Optimization in Fire Brigades and Public Authorities (Mobis Pro) in cooperation with one of the largest fire brigades in Dortmund, Germany with 1,300 fire fighters and 30,000 rescue operations per year. For instance, in large rescue operations all participating rescue forces need detailed up to date information about the situation at the scene of emergency (e.g. object, building and site plans, video sequences (made by drones or fire fighters)). Today fire brigades own summarized information sheets of the most important buildings and objects in their field of responsibility that are always held on the fire truck. However, this results in insufficient information for the rescue workers during rescue operations. The time needed for receiving essential and not opdated information in the field of danger and fire defense can decide on life or death. Therefore the general goal is to accelerate the process of information provision by information hosts respectively different public authorities.

    Project duration: 01.02.2008 bis 31.08.2011



    GALILEO4FireBrigades entwickelt ein mobiles System zur Lokalisierung und Überwachung des Gesundheitszustandes von Einsatzkräften der Feuerwehr auf Grundlage von GALILEO Diensten zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit. Auf Grundlage zukünftiger GALILEO Dienste werden Clients für den Feuerwehreinsatz entwickelt und prototypisch realisiert. Diese bestehen aus Sensoren zur Bestimmung der physiologischen Parameter und Umgebungsbedingungen der Einsatzkräfte. Zudem sind die Clients in der Lage, Positionsinformationen und gemessene Sensorparameter zu übermitteln, Notsignale zu senden und standortbezogene Warnmeldungen zu empfangen.

    Project duration: 01.05.2007 bis 31.07.2009

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      Within the scope of MobileEmerGIS a group communication system for civil protection was investigated. This was done in cooperation with the PRO DV Software AG and the Fire Department of Dortmund. The project was funded as part of the Future competition Ruhr. The CNI, in particular, has made the following contributions: Creating an approach for reliable networking of emergency information systems, design and realization of a multimedia situation map distribution in groups and design of a virtual mission diary. As middleware, the CNI-PTX group communications system for civil protection was used. As a result a Java client for mobile phones has been implemented.

      Project duration: 01.07.2006 bis 31.05.2008

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        Contributions for Standardization



        The Position Aware Secure and Efficient Mesh Routing Protocol (PASER) aims to efficiently establish accurate routes in terms of metric and legitimated mesh nodes in wireless mesh networks in presence of external attackers. For this end, it achieves the following goals: Node authentication, message freshness and integrity, and neighbor transmissions authentication. The novelty of PASER lies essentially in combining asymmetric cryptography with Merkle tree (a lightweight cryptographic primitive) and a keyed-hash function to secure the routing messages. Another key feature of PASER is integrating (virtual) geographical positions of nodes in its hierarchical reactive routing process to enable an advanced network management while mitigating the wormhole attack. Apart from that, to address the problem of node compromise, PASER endorses a key revocation scheme to efficiently exclude those nodes.

        Project duration: 01.11.2012 bis 30.11.2012

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          IETF has proposed Fast Mobile IPv6 (FMIPv6) protocol, a seamless handover protocol, that reduces packet loss during the handover process by tunneling packets from the MN's previous IP subnet to the new IP subnet where they will get buffered. These buffered packets will get forwarded to the MN once it becomes IP capable in the new subnet. Although packet tunneling and buffering is an effective strategy to reduce packet loss during the handover process but it will not only incur a high tunneling load on the link between the previous and new subnets, especially for CBR traffic, but will also account towards increased processing load in the access routers due to successive tunneling and de-tunneling of packets. This tunneling load is also dependent on the timing of the FMIPv6 handover decision which in turn is directly dependent on the location and speed of the MN. In order to remedy the above mentioned performance limitations, a mechanism called Proactive Bindings for FMIPv6 (PB-FMIPv6) has been proposed that not only reduces the tunneling load during the handover process but it also decouples the handover decision from the location and/or speed of the MN. An Internet Draft has been submitted to the IETF with the operational and functional details of this new mechanism.

          Project duration: 01.07.2009 bis 31.07.2009

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            IETF has proposed MIPv6 based Network Mobility (NEMO) Basic Support protocol that handles the mobility management of IPv6 based mobile networks. However the NEMO protocol has severe performance limitations and does not specify the route optimization method for mobile networks and does not take into account the operational and functional complexities involving nested mobile networks. In this draft we present NEst Route Optimization for NEMO (NERON) protocol, a light weight, efficient and scalable approach that aims at enabling nodes behind nested mobile networks to use optimized communication paths with zero tunneling overhead and minimum end-to-end delay, irrespective of the depth of the nest, with minimum but manageable changes to the base MIPv6 and IPv6 Neighbor Discovery protocols and without introducing any new network entities.

            Project duration: 01.07.2008 bis 31.07.2008

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              The Candidate Access Router Discovery (CARD) protocol specified in [1] is aimed to enable seamless IP layer handover by aiding seamless Layer 3 (L3) mobility management protocols like Fast Mobile IP (FMIP) by providing identity and capabilities information of the candidate access routers (CARs) to the mobile node (MN) prior to the initiation of handover while the MN is still connected to its current AR. The specifications as laid down in [1], however, specifies a very generic mechanism of the CARD protocol effective only in specificnetwork architecture scenarios and it doesn't take into account thestringent requirements of a fast moving MN and real timecommunication sessions, especially when it comes to resolvingcandidate access routers that may be adjacent geographically but nottopologically.This draft addresses the expected shortcomings of the base CARD protocol with respect to fast moving MNs and real time communicationsessions by proposing extensions that is expected to improve and/orenhance the performance of the generic CARD protocol as specified in[1].

              Project duration: 01.04.2008 bis 30.04.2008

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                Open Source Projects



                PASER stands for Position Aware Secure and Efficient Mesh Routing and describes a novel efficient secure routing protocol for wireless mesh networks. The protocol aims to achieve an acceptable tradeoff between security and performance of the routing process in wireless mesh networks. PASER has been implemented for OMNeT++ 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Currently, it is under development on Linux.

                Project duration: 02.11.2015

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                The objective of the openV2G software project is to support the ISO and IEC standardization process to specify the so called "Vehicle 2 Grid Communication Interface" (V2G CI) which will become in the future the ISO IEC 15118 specification. We believe that an open source project serves best the need for evaluating a new technology under specification. The goal of this project is to provide means to verify specified messages, their functionality and ultimately enabling a stable specification. With these objectives we hope that the project is of help for the ISO/TC 22/SC 3/JWG 1 in their specification work.

                Project duration: 25.02.2015

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                Extensible Mobile IPv6 (xMIPv6) is a simulation model that has been implemented with strict conformance to IETF’s official specification for the Mobile IPv6 (MIPv6) protocol that has been standardised in RFC 3775. It has been developed in the INET20061020 framework for OMNeT++ 3.2 and the accuracy and reliability of its performance has been validated against a real Linux based MIPv6 test bed.

                Project duration: 15.02.2010

                Direct Industrial Cooperations (Examples)


                Evaluation of a CAN-based control network

                Research contract with industry partner (airplane industry)

                Design and prototype development of innovative mobile network service

                Research contract with industry partner (supplier for communication infrastructure)

                Design and evaluation of a high-performance communication interface for a network device with arbiter functionality

                Research contract with industry partner (supplier for automobile industry)

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