PrimeTel is one of the network operating companies participating in iCIRRUS and hosted this project meeting at their headquarters in Limassol, Cyprus.
The morning of the first day was concerned with the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) meeting which discussed progress and cooperation within and between the WPs. WP leaders confirmed that the work was generally on schedule and that deliverables were expected to be submitted on time. In addition, internal reviewers were assigned for the June deliverables. We also contacted our new EAB member, Andy Sutton, for mutual introductions and we look forward to meeting him at the next project meeting.
The afternoon started with the WP2 meeting and presentations by Sabine Delaitre, Michael Georgiades, Chathura Magurawalage, Philippe Chanclou, Patrik Ritosa, and Joerg-Peter Elbers. All tasks are on schedule and deliverable D2.2 is in preparation. The Business case analysis task is progressing well and WP2 partners will be able to fully concentrate on this after month 18 when the other tasks will have been completed.
The first task in WP3 has been completed and presentations and discussions were structured on the remaining three tasks and included talks by Luz Fernandez del Rosal, Daniel Muench, Howard Thomas, Nathan Gomes, Joerg-Peter Elbers and Geza Koczian. Deliverable D3.2 is already under way. The above reports demonstrated that the work is on track and WP3 also feeds into WPs 4 & 5 as expected.
The meeting closed late afternoon and the day was rounded off with a Mezze dinner at one of the restaurants in the old town showcasing Cypriot hospitality at its best.
WP5 started in September 2015 (month 9) and is now going well and was the opening topic on day 2. Presentations by Christoph Juchems, Daniel Muench, Luz Fernandez del Rosal, Nathan Gomes, Chathura Magurawalage and Sabine Delaitre were discussed by WP5 partners. With much of the pre-planning phase completed an internal document will propose the final testbed setup, implementation and integration.
The coffee break was followed by the GA meeting where deadlines for year 2 deliverables and milestones were re-iterated and it was announced that the Commission had accepted the first annual report and the interim payment was being made. The issue of an iCIRRUS follow-on project was also discussed. The general consensus was that this would be desirable and that one of the Horizon 2020 ICT-2017 call topics would be suitable. Conversations with current and potential consortium members will continue.
Partners were reminded to let Conny know of any activities that should be communicated to the general public via the website and social media, and members requested some updates to the current internal website and mailing lists.
The WP 6 meeting focussed on discussing the proposed research and industrial workshops. There are a number of possibilities for either of these in 2016 and 2017. A research workshop is in preparation and is likely to be held during the second half of 2016. Our industrial partners are exploring opportunities for an iCIRRUS workshop at a number of industry focussed conferences in 2016 or 2017.
An overview of the current status of WP4 was given by Mike Parker and presentations by Huiling Zhu, Geza Koczian, Sabine Delaitre, Chathura Magurawalage and Mercedes Castano Torres provided more detailed information and a basis for discussion about current and planned work in WP4.
All in all this was a very productive meeting and the continued enthusiasm and cooperation of all partners is key to the project’s steady progression and successful outcomes to date.