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Dr. Levent GÜRGEN is the founder and president of Kentyou, a technological startup focusing on smart cities. Before creating Kentyou, he was R&D project manager in CEA-LETI for about 10 years.


Columbia University


Rutgers University


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New Jersey
New York

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FedIntersect: EU-US federated testbed for cross-atlantic experiments for urban smart intersections Experiment

Experiment description

The main goal of this project is to federate two important cross-Atlantic testbeds, each one allowing US and European researchers respectively to validate their research and innovation; NSF PAWR COSMOS testbed in New York City in the US and Smart Santander testbed in Santander, Spain. Truly being in line with the NGI Atlantic vision, the objective of the federation is to cross-test and validate the portability of data and services that can be reused for developing smart applications that need to be validated across borders. For optimal interoperability, thus maximum reuse of the next generation enablers in both sides of the Atlantic, such federation is essential.

The usefulness of the federation will be demonstrated and validated under a concrete set of applications in a socially important domain: smart mobility and smart intersections in urban areas. In the past few years, a quarter of all traffic deaths and about half of all injuries in the US occur at intersections. According to Eurostat data, road accidents involving pedestrians are still a major problem that needs to be tackled. Furthermore, intersections have an important role in the overall traffic flow management in an urban context, thus important environmental and economic consequences. Next generation enablers such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and edge computing can help to increase the safety and efficiency of the intersections, thus to save lives and to improve urban traffic management.

Impacts :

There has been an increasing number of Next Generation Internet testbed federation frameworks in the past years such as FED4FIRE and FED4FIRE+ in Europe and GENI and PAWR in USA. Those initiatives have established the backbone of experimental frameworks for the emerging wireless communications infrastructures. However, those infrastructure testbeds still lack application-level experimentations to show the social benefit of those investments.

More recently, FED4FIRE has been organising open calls to attract SMEs to build applications on top of the testbeds. More than nine open calls have been launched. Similarly, COSMOS is aiming to support application level experimentation, for instance with the smart intersection related experiments that have been conducted.

We believe that the smart city requirements are common on both sides of the Atlantic and they should be addressed globally. Kentyou and University of Cantabria have had significant experience in intercontinental federation of application level experiments, in particular with Japan and Korea under the projects such as FESTIVAL and BigClouT (coordinated by the Kentyou team before they spinned-off from CEA) with Japan and Wise-IoT and DECENTER with Korea. We will build on our experience, lessons learned, and best practices to establish the first ever smart mobility and smart intersection related federated testbed between the EU and US.

Results :

The following table summarises KPIs for the expected results:






Number of connected devices

> 120 (100 from Smart Santander, 20 from Cosmos)


Number of heterogeneous protocols

Integrating data sources using at least 7 different communication protocols and/or data formats


Number of experiments created on top of the federation

At least 10 experimenters each one developing at least one experiment


Development time of an experiment

From 1 day to 1 week


Experimenter satisfaction

> 80% of the experimenters satisfied


NGI related Topic :

Experimental Platform interconnections

Call Reference :


The 30-months project will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.

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