Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Ing. Habil. Thomas Magedanz

Professor of Computer Sciences and Telecommunications
Technical University of Berlin


Abstract of Keynote Speech:


“Emerging Smart Communication Infrastructures driven by convergence of technologies and services?”

Due to the increasing adoption of internet technologies in our daily lives, we are moving rapidly into a world of total interconnection of humans and machines. This means that after fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and voice data integration, which has coincided the evolution of telecommunication infrastructures in the last two decades, we are now witnessing the start of a much broader convergence  of quite different application domains, with different value chains and used technologies.

This convergence will be enabled by the evolution of Internet technologies under the banner of the Future Internet (FI) research, comprising the Internet of Services (IoS), Internet of Things (IoT), and the Network oft he Future (NoF). The most prominent application context for prototyping, piloting, and adopting FI research results are socalled „Smart Cities“, in which an integrated „smart communication infrastructure“ represents the foundation for the efficient and fast provision of smarter applications. Thus different transport and control platforms, as well as data platforms need to evolve into an integrated future internet service platform, enabling an open set of application domains by so-called common or generic enablers on top of different fixed and mobile network infrastructures.

Based on an introduction to Smart Cities and an requirements analysis of the communication requirements of different Smart City application domains, such as Smart Grids, e-Utilities, e-Logistics, e-Automotive, e-Government, e-Health, and advanced Entertainment, this talk will outline a potential reference architecture for emerging Smart Cities based on an evolution of existing fixed and mobile Next Generation Networks (NGNs) control platforms and the related standards towards the Future Internet.

Starting from Intelligent Networks (IN) representing still today a key telecommunications architecture, the talk will look briefly at the 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for providing advanced human to human (H2H) multimedia communication services, the emerging 3GPP Machine Type Communications (MTC) platforms enabling optimized machine to machine (M2M) communications, and the 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC) providing seamless broadband connectivity for both H2H and M2M communications across dfferent wireless network technologies. In addition, the talk will review relevant Service Delivery Platform (SDP) concepts and related service enablers and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as defined by ETSI, 3GPP, GSMA and OMA for supporting H2H and M2M capabilities needed by various application domains on top of fixed and mobile networks.

The talk will give a short introduction to relevant toolkits and laboratories from Fraunhofer FOKUS and Technical University Berlin, such as the Open IMS Core (, OpenEPC (, and the new OpenMTC ( toolkits, as well as the FUSECO-Playground ( enabling comprehensive prototyping in the context of smart city infrastructures and applications. Finally, the European FI PPP Project FIWARE (, as well as the DAAD UNIFI project ( will be given as examples for the successful use of these toolkits for prototyping future smart communication platforms in international R&D collaborations.


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