Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


UMOBILE: Universal, mobile-centric and opportunistic communications architecture

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UMobile logo - Cloud with radiating wifi type symbol, with UMOBILE text inside cloud

2 February 2015

Making connectivity and computation available at the edge of the network, in challenging environments, where infrastructure is limited or not available.

Funder Horizon 2020
Amount € 3 000 000

Project website http://www.umobile-project.eu/

Research theme logos - Ubiquitous Connectivity
Research topics  Delay-Tolerant Networks | Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing | Information-Centric Networks | Edge Computing | Community Networks


Cars, sensors, home appliances, every device in the daily life of citizens is becoming a constituent in Future Internet, adding to the need to reconsider requirements and assumptions in terms of network availability and affordability to support the ever increasing traffic demand. Still, the current Internet can only evolve adequately, if its infrastructure can be devised to accommodate the emerging services. The increased cost of adding new infrastructure and capacity has a drastic effect on rural and remote communities as well as nomadic users as they become marginalized by not gaining access to crucial Internet services. Our goal is to make the Future Internet universally pervasive supporting a diverse set of services.

To achieve this, we develop a universal mobile-centric and opportunistic communications architecture (UMOBILE), which integrates the principles of Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) and Information Centric Networking (ICN) in a common framework.

We utilize the benefits of both ICN and DTN to enable resource exploitation at minimal bandwidth, opportunistic access to information and more localized access to information through novel caching strategies.

UMOBILE focuses on assisting users in getting access to the content they want or content that may be of shared interest to their trust circles. By relying on an instance of the UMOBILE architecture, users are able to share information directly with other peers without relying on infrastructure or expensive connectivity services. The proposed architecture targets the mobile part of the networks, extends Internet connectivity to regions that are not typically covered enhancing network resilience and is fully backward compatible with the current Internet architecture.