As part of the NCNRC, the project is building a range of testbeds to allow detailed real-time verification of the the major research topics.
The focus is initially on supporting the Phase 1 802.11 family of technologies, with planned migration to 802.16 and Beyond 3G.
The challenge is to build an open source platform that will provide detailed wireless algorithm exploration, measurement, monitoring and diagnosis.
The diagram below illustrates the range of test benches and test beds available. The test bench setups generally involve either a point to point wireless network, and are used to explore in algorithms or components. The lab based testbeds generally involve a number of wireless nodes configured in infrastructure or ad-hoc mode to examine network issues. The extended testbeds allow intra and inter-site issues of integrating heterogeneous wireless networks to be addressed, such as integration of Wireless LAN and 3G.

Click on the various sections of the testbed for further details.


Dorel Picovici, Adil Raja, Colin Flanagan, ;Real-Time Non-Intrusive VoIP Evaluation Using Second Generation Network Processor;, IEEE, ICASSP 2006, France, May 2006.

I. Matyasovszki, C. Flanagan and J. Nelson, ;A dynamic signaling mechanism based on symbiotic packet processing ;,
Computer Communications Journal, Elsevier B.V, Vol.29, issue 1, 1 December 2005;

D. Picovici, R. Skehill, C. Flanagan and J. Nelson, ;Towards Real-Time Objective Assessment of Conversational Speech Quality for Next Generation IP Networks ;, Global Signal Processing Conferences & Expos for the Industry- Pervasive Signal Processing (GSPx-2005), 24-27 October 2005, Santa Clara, California, ISBN 0-9728718-2-9.

D. Picovici, A.E. Mahdi and T. Murphy, ;An Enhanced Single-Ended Method for Objective Speech Quality Assessment for Telephony Systems ;. Presented at 10th International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOOM-2005), pp: 633-636, October 2005, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, ISBN 5-7452-0110-X.

D. Picovici, A. Raja and C. Flanagan ;Real-Time VoIP Evaluation Using IXP 2400 Network Processor ;, Intel IXA University Education Summit 2005, Hudson Massachusetts, USA,  27-28 September 2005.

M. Zolog, D. Picovici and J. Nelson ;A low cost flexible mesh wireless sensor platform ;, International Symposium for Design and Technology of Electronic Packages, (SIITME 2005), 22-25 September, 2005 Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

A.E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, ;Enhanced Output-Based Perceptual Measure for Predicting Subjective Quality of Speech ;, European Signal Processing (EUSIPCO 2005), September 2005, Antalya, Turkey, ISBN 975-001188-0-X.

T. Murphy, D. Picovici and A. E. Mahdi, ;Enhanced Non-Intrusive Objective Speech Quality Measure for Telephony Systems ; IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC-2005), pp: 18-23, September 2005, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN: 0-86341-549-0.

R. Skehill, D. Picovici and W. Kent ;Wireless MANET Testbed for Reproducible Voice over IP Evaluation ;, Presented at MeshNets-2005, July 2005, Budapest, Hungary.

Alan Barry, George Healy, Cian Daly, Joseph Johnson and Ronan J. Skehill. ;Overview of Wi-Max IEEE 802.16a/e ; in the proceedings of the 5th Annual ICT Information Technology and Telecommunications, Cork, October 2005.

Padraig Scully and Ronan J. Skehill ;Demonstration of Individual Mobility Models ; in proceedings of Irish Signals and Systems Conference, Dublin September 2005

Mark Andrews, Ronan J. Skehill, Michael Barry, Sean McGrath ;Secure Mobility Infrastructure using Mobile IP ; ICETE, Reading, England 3-7 October 2005

Eduardo Cano, Sean McGrath ;A New Transceiver Design for Ultra Wideband Impulse Radio Systems ;, IEEE BENELUX/DSP Valley Signal Processing Symposium, April 19-20, 2005.

Eduardo Cano, Sean McGrath, "A Reduced Complexity RAKE Receiver Design for
UWB-IR Systems with Bi-Orthogonal Signalling", Vehicular Technology Conference Spring, Stockholm (Sweden), May 2005.

I. Matyasovszki, C. Flanagan and J. Nelson; ;Packet Level Symbiosis ;, IEEE INFOCOM 2005 Poster and Demo Session, Miami, Florida, USA, March 13 - 17, 2005;

Mark Andrews, Sean McGrath, Ronan Skehill, ;Next Generation Mobile IPv4-Securing Mobility ;, 4th Annual ICT Information Technology and Telecommunications, Limerick , October 21 2004

Ronan Skehill, Sean McGrath "Mobility Modelling: A Fluid Dynamics Approach" IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Los Angeles September 2004.

Ronan Skehill, Sean McGrath, ;PCS Location Area Optimisation Using An Aggregate Mobility Model ;. IEEE Personal, Indoor And Mobile Radio Communications 2004, Barcelona September 2004

Eduardo Cano, Sean McGrath, ;TH-UWB and DS-UWB in Lognormal Fading Channel and 802.11a Interference ;, IEEE Personal, Indoor And Mobile Radio Communications 2004, Barcelona September 2004

Eduardo Cano, Sean McGrath, ;Modulation Performance for Time Hopping Ultra Wideband Systems in a Lognormal Fading Channel ;, Irish Signals and Systems Conference, Belfast  July 2004

Connor Goulding, Barry Holland, Eoin Kiely and, Ronan Skehill, ;WLAN/UMTS Integration Techniques ;, Irish Signals and Systems Conference, Belfast, July 2004

I. Matyasovszki and C. Flanagan; ;On demand end to end signalling ;, Irish Signals and Systems Conference 2004, 30th June - 2nd July 2004, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

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