Finished Project

ENGINES

Enabling Next GeneratIon NEtworks for broadcast Services

 

Project Key Information

Start date

End date Budget (total) Effort (total) Project-ID
January 2010 December 2012 13380 k€ 141.6 PY CP07-005
Project Coordinator
Jani Väre
Nokia
Finland
e-mail: jani.vare[at]nokia.com

Project Consortium
Nokia Finland Univ. Ramon Llull Spain
Åbo Akademi University Turku Finland Thomson Grass Valley S.A. France
Digita Oy Finland UPVLC Spain
Elektrobit Finland Mitsubishi ITE-TCL France
Media Broadcast Germany Teleste Finland
University of Turku Finland Digialist Finland
Tampere Uni. of Technology Finland Univ. del Pais Vasco UPV/EHU Spain
Turku Uni. of Applied Sciences Finland TDF France
Teracom Sweden CNES France
TeamCast Technology SAS France BBC UK
Dibcom France RAI Italy
Institut Telecom France Schneider Finland Finland
France Telecom/Orange Labs France Axel Technologies Finland
INSA/IETR France Enensys France
Mier Communications Spain Integrasys Spain
Abertis Telecom Spain HISPASAT Spain
Sony Semiconductor & Electronics Solutions UK

Abstract

The ENGINES project will form a task force to develop the Next Generation Broadcasting standards and their implementation for Fixed Portable, Mobile and Handheld reception. The project will work both on technical proposals for Digital Video Broadcasting project as well as on efficient usage of the latest version of the standards. The project will also generate a PanLab framework for a common lab and field infrastructure mainly for DVB but also for other standards. The project continues the work in line with previous successful Celtic projects WingTV (validation of DVB-H) and B21C (major contributions to DVB-T2 and DVB-SH).

The second generation standard for terrestrial broadcasting DVB-T2 was submitted to ETSI in 2008, and will be taken into operative use during 2010. This second generation system provides about 50% increase of physical layer capacity compared to the previous standards. DVB-T2 is in its first stage targeting for fixed reception. Providing the same or better capacity increase for portable, mobile and handheld broadcasts (DVB-NGH), require new technical concepts, where MIMO is the most promising approach. However, the utilization of MIMO techniques in broadcast scenarios for fixed, mobile and handheld use cases is still not well known, and clearly requires both research and system design work. This work is including channel modelling, system architecture, receiver algorithms, simulations as well as lab and field trials. The project will support the DVB-NGH work, which will start in the DVB Project during Q1 2010. The project will also verify the TFS parts of the DVB-T2 specification and study the use of TFS for DVB-NGH.

The project will also take into account the application level of the systems. The applications define the QoS criteria for the system, and depending on the application, the parameters of the physical level are determined. This will support services providers and networks operators to fast introduce their products after finalization of the DVB-NGH standard.

The ENGINES project objectives are to support the DVB and European industries to keep their leadership position in broadcasting technology and standards worldwide. The project will deliver technical solutions and knowledge enabling partners and 3rd parties to provide next generation broadcasting systems.

 

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