The design of future wireless communication networks that cope with the ever-growing mobile data traffic as well as support varied and sophisticated services and applications in vertical sectors with a low environmental impact is recognized as a major technical challenge that European engineers face today. The COST Action NEWFOCUS will propose solutions with the potential to impact the design of future wireless networks.
NEWFOCUS is planning to carry out a research programme under two pillars. The first pillar is on the development of OWC-based solutions capable of delivering high-speed low-power consumption, highly secure, and low-cost wireless access in diverse application scenarios. The developed solutions will in particular support Internet-of-Things (IoT) for smart environments with applications in vertical sectors. The second pillar concerns the development of flexible and efficient backhaul/fronthaul OWC links with low latency.
NEWFOCUS will also serve as a global networking platform through capacity building of all relevant stakeholders including universities, research institutions, major industry players, small medium enterprises, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. NEWFOCUS will train experts to accompany related European industries for the standardisation and commercialisation of the OWC technology.