The digitalisation that we are seeing today cuts across all areas of our society and fills an important role in our aim to create a more sustainable society with less waste of resources. Mobile networks and the services that they provide speed up the digitalisation process in several areas of society, such as healthcare, manufacturing, media, energy, logistics and education, with promises of energy-efficient communication solutions that deliver high-quality services to the end-user.
DRIVE is based on a close collaboration between Karlstad University and 7 partner companies. The partner companies contribute with complementary expertise and perspectives.Ericsson Telia Icomera Mullvad Varnish TietoEvry Red Hat
Real life 5G network measurements in Rome
As part of the DRIVE project, real life measurements of 5G networks are now taking place in Rome, Italy, where two large mobile operators are up to proof in terms of coverage, connectivity, latency and throughput performance.
In Dec. 2020 - Jan. 2021, a large-scale measurement campaign took place in major parts of Rome, Italy, to analyze the ongoing evolution of the mobile cellular ecosystem and the initial rollout of 5G Non-Standalone operational networks.
5G testing in progress
In the DRIVE project, a common test environment with industry partner Varnish Software has now been installed. The tests will measure the impact of different network connections on latency and bandwidth during video streaming.
Since mid-December, latency and bandwidth testing has been ongoing in Karlstad University's 5G testbed. A server is connected to several network connections at the same time to compare their performance. The connection options being tested are wifi, 5G and soon also the Starlink satellite system.
DRIVE Kick-off – starting point for latency research
On November 16-17, the DRIVE project held a two-day kick-off meeting at Karlstad University. The aim for the kick-off was to get the DRIVE and its subprojects officially started and to let all partner representatives and researchers meet face-to-face.
- I am very excited to get started! A project of this great distinction and societal importance strengthens our research environment even more and puts Karlstad University on the map, says Professor Anna Brunström, project manager of DRIVE. I have high expectations for everything DRIVE can provide.
Red Hat new partner for the DRIVE project
Computer Science at Karlstad university is welcoming Red Hat as a new partner within the DRIVE project. Red Hat is a global software company that provides Linux based open source software products to enterprises. This includes hybrid cloud infrastructure, middleware, agile integration, cloud-native application development, and management and automation solutions. We got the chance to speak with Simone Ferlin-Reiter, senior performance and scale engineer at Red Hat.
What are your expectations from the project?
For us, the main motivation to take part in this are the intangible values such as networking with other companies, developing our competence and talent hunting. We are looking forward to take part of the other partners’ use cases and challenges.
Low latency is the focus in a major project in computer science
The digitalisation of both industry and the wider society has only just begun. Communication technology and cellular networks are key factors for the digital transformation and will shape our lives in the coming decade. The project DRIVE has just been launched at Karlstad University and it will last eight years.
Latency is the delay that occur in digital services when they are connected online. Digital meetings with sound and video is fairly manageable, but more advanced services require that latency is kept to a minimum.