Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission Directorate General

Future Internet Research and Experimentation: experiments

Future Internet Research and Experimentation: experiments

Experimental Platforms (Unit E.4)

Our vision is to promote experimentally-driven, long-term, visionary research on new paradigms and networking concepts and architectures for the Future Internet. The overall goal is to scientifically measure, compare and validate results and also to provide a realistic basis for a scientifically rigorous impact assessment at technological, economic and social levels. The long term vision is to facilitate their integration by the industry into new products and services for citizens and organisations.


Our priority is to foster the demand for and support innovative experiments integrating research results on top of FIRE facilities; to ensure experiments are driven by the needs of the relevant stakeholders along the value chain, ranging from researchers to end-users and to make sure experiments are designed to demonstrate and ensure value from innovative applications and services running on top of FIRE+ platforms.


The large and growing variety of Future Internet systems and networking solutions under testing and experimentation makes it more and more challenging and expensive (in time and budget) for researchers to build their own ad hoc testbeds.By broadening the access to, and by promoting the utilization of existing or future shared FIRE experimental platforms, we intend to achieve economies of scale and to reduce the time-to-experiment. We also aim at enabling a larger set of experiments to take place on reliable and benchmarked infrastructure, allowing the experimenters to focus on their research.Private sector experimenters are facing the difficulty of using open, shared experimental facilities and, at the same time, protect their assets or findings. FIRE will liaise with active organisations in the field of innovation and in direct link with the industry, like the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), to foster the transition from experimentation to validation and then to market.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
6.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Funds from FP7, CIP, and H2020. We envisage spending under the Horizon 2020 programme of the order of €52 ml for all priorities (years 2014-15). These are indicative figures to be confirmed by the budgetary process by the end of 2013.
  • Co-funding by academic institutions, research organizations and private companies participating in the projects
  • Collaboration with other European, national and regional initiatives or programmes, such as the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), Celtic and national research facilities



Experiments validating in real (or simulated) large-scale environments of the FIRE facilities the results of research previously undertaken on ad hoc or small size testbeds

Percentage of all experiments.

Timeframe: 2014-2015



Results validation

Target 75% (by end 2015)

Organizations that are for the first time using one of the FIRE facilities

Percentage of all organizations participating in experiments (e.g. Collocated Centers of EIT).

Timeframe: 2014



New experimenters

Target 15% (by end 2014)

Experiments involving users of the systems, solutions or technologies under tests

Monitoring the balance between user involvement and scientific/technological excellence.Percentage of all the experiments running on FIRE facilities.

Timeframe: 2013-2014



Users involvement

Target to track and monitor (2013-2014)

Increasing new applications and services available on the market and using the results validated by the experiments

Timeframe: 2014-2016



Experiments results on the market

Target to track and monitor (2014-2016)

Organizations coming from the private sector (including SMEs, services companies, vendors, etc)

Percentage of all organizations participating in experiments, as funded partners or through open access.

Timeframe: 2014



Private organisations in experiments

Target 35% (by end 2014)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • Europe 2020 - Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 20% compared to 1990. The share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption should be increased to 20%. Energy efficiency should improve by 20%
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades
  • DAE - To halve the proportion of the population that has never used the internet from 30 % to 15 % by 2015
  • DAE - To double public investment in ICT R&D to € 11 bn by 2020

We anticipate a growing proportion of experiments to conduct research and validation of ICT energy efficiency technologies, or ICT solutions to enable energy efficiency in other systems.

By increasing the experiments involving the private sectors and users, we would contribute to support and even foster private investment in R&D.

By increasing the number of end-users involved in experiments, we anticipate a growing number of experiments improving the usability and easiness of use of some Future Internet applications.

Through the collaboration with national research facilities, we intend to yield better value from national investment in R&D from the current situation to the EU targets.