The first plenary project meeting of 2017 was hosted by Viavi Solutions (Viavi) at the Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa and attended by 26 iCIRRUS members. Viavi also provided a dial-in link for members of the external advisory board and iCIRRUS members unable to attend in person so they could follow proceedings and provide comments / ask questions.
The project meeting started with the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), discussing progress and final year goals for the project.
Chris Murphy, Research Director at Viavi Solutions Ltd. opened the general part of the meeting with an overview of Viavi activities and capabilities. Most of the following sessions were dedicated to the individual work packages and discussions and presentations on WP2 opened these. Only task 2.3, the business case analysis, is still active in WP2 and will carry on to month 33 when the final deliverable is also due. This task relies on input from the other technical work packages and the session chaired by Philippe Chanclou included presentations by Patrik Ritosa, Huiling Zhu and Silvia Blaso and indicated that the work and collaboration with other WPs is going well. A shared working document is in place.
After lunch WP3 was chaired by Joerg Elbers and discussed extensively with contributions from all WP3 partners. The WP will end in month 30 and its findings filter into WP5. EAB members Philippe Sehier and Jouni Korhonen took part remotely.
The afternoon session concluded with a virtual tour of Viavi offices and several demonstrations highlighting their geolocation capabilities
The social evening took place at The Red House, Marsh Benham, where a superb dinner was served and less formal discussions continued.
The programme for Day 2 included sessions on WPs 4, 5 and 6 and the General Assembly (GA). During the latter partners were informed that during Year 2 of the project deliverables and milestones have been submitted on time or with only minor delays. The upcoming annual report and review were discussed as were the locations and dates of the remaining two plenary project meetings. As per usual partners were reminded of the importance to make the project visible to the public through social media in addition to publications and dissemination events to the scientific community. This was reiterated during the WP6 sessions where dissemination, exploitation and standardisation activities of Year 2 were reviewed and plans for the final year discussed.
The morning session of Day 2 was dominated by WP4 discussions with contributions by all WP4 partners. WP4 also feeds into WP5, the work package that validates the scenarios discussed in WP2 and provides a showcase for the technologies and solutions developed in WPs 3 and 4. Lively discussions regarding as to what to include ensued and continued during the WP5 session in the afternoon. The project is now at a stage where validation test runs are close and decisions as to the demonstration set-ups for the end of the project have to be made. Partners are confident that despite the fact that there is now less than a year to go in the project, we will be able complete the work, finalise decisions and provide a fully working demonstration.