European Remote Radio Laboratory-ERRL

Involved faculty of Atilim University:
Dr. Ali Kara (Project Coordinator), Dr. Elif Uray Aydin, Dr. Nergiz Cagiltay, Dr. Mehmet Efe Ozbek

Sponsor:
European Commission (Leonardo Da Vinci Program)

Participating Organisations:

  • Atilim University, Electrical & Electronics Eng. Dept. (Promoter and Coordinator), Turkey
  • Groupe ESIEE Paris - CCIP France
  • EVTEK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems / National Technical University of Athens, ICCS/NTUA, Telecommunications Laboratory, Greece
  • Berufsbildungsinstitut Arbeit und Technik – biat, University of Flensburg, Germany
  • Balikesir University, Electrical & Electronics Eng. Dept., Turkey
  • UniK, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST), Norway
  • Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Abstract
The European Remote Radio Laboratory (ERRL) initiative aims to develop a laboratory platform that provides, with distant access to high technology equipment through Internet, theoretical and particularly practical radiocommunications training to those groups including technicians and engineers involved in radiocommunications field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. As a transnational laboratory, the ERRL allows its users perform web-based experiments, and follow course materials in radiocommunications field, at any place and any time.

The duration of the project was two years. Several educational institutions all over Europe and one big company having several associated, subsidiary and partner companies from ICT field contribute to the project. Educational institutions among the partners shared tasks related to educational needs analysis and development of the didactical content, whereas industrial partner played an important role in refreshing industrial needs analysis and in valorisation of the project. The project budget was ~ 516.831,00 Euro in total, 387.623,50 Euro of which was provided by the European Commission under Leonardo Da Vinci Program.

ERRL targets ICT personnel with basic theoretical background (such as engineers, technicians), graduates and senior students of electrical, electronics, telecommunications or computer departments of vocational schools, and engineering level training organisations. Compared to previous remote laboratory applications in electrical and electronics engineering area, the scope and capabilities of ERRL is much wider and serves more sophisticated and diverse objectives. ERRL aims to furnish the qualifications, which are demanded by today’s ICT industry. It intends to provide access to modern teaching materials and experiments, complicated and very expensive equipment that are not currently accessible for most students, engineers and technicians. Therefore the benefits and utilities provided by ERRL are far more valuable than any remote lab application realized so far.

On the other hand, remote access to equipment used at high frequencies arouses different problems and demands different solutions than those of previously developed remote lab systems. ERRL project includes innovative solutions to these issues.

The ERRL modules have been integrated to the courses of vocational colleges in ICT field. By providing up-to-date curricula and teaching materials, ERRL offers new opportunities to training organisations for updating their training programs. ERRL also provides a cost-effective alternative for industry organisations which would like to avoid excessive investments in radiocommunications equipment and training staff for initial and continuing training of their personnel.