The ORCA project has announced its first Open Call for Extensions which focuses on the development of missing functionalities to extend the ORCA software and hardware platforms. In particular, this first call targets four extensions:

·         EXT1 – End-to-end slicing support for SDR and SDN

·         EXT2 – LBT functionality on FPGA as an IP core

·         EXT3 – RAT interworking on NS-3 based SDR Prototyping Platform

·         EXT4 – Digital self-interference cancellation for in-Band Full Duplex

You can find more information about the ORCA testbeds here.




Submission deadline: Wednesday the 15th November 2017, at 17:00 Brussels local time

Feasibility and Relevance check deadline: Wednesday the 8th November 2017, at 17:00 Brussels local time

A technical feasibility and relevance check is required before submission. This feasibility and relevance check will be carried out by the ORCA members responsible for the facilities, radio hardware platforms, and software platforms involved.

It is essential that the proposing party gets in contact with the ORCA partner in charge of the testbed which are intended to be used for the proposed Extension, to discuss its feasibility and relevance within the ORCA federation and the related specific requirements. Each proposing party must therefore identify a possible Patron either by contacting an appropriate ORCA partner (see section 4 of the Open Call document) or through, in case support is required for selecting an appropriate partner.

The proposing party must submit its draft proposal to the Patron by Wednesday the 8th of November 2017, at 17:00 Brussels local time using the submission portal.  In this draft proposal at least sections A, B and C needs to be fully completed. The feedback will be provided by the Patron at the latest by Tuesday the 14th of November 2017 at 17:00, and must be copied into section D of the proposal template.



  • Total budget for Open Call 1 for Extension: 300 000 €
  • Maximum budget per Extension: 80 000 €
  • Expected number of Extensions to be funded: 4
  • Guaranteed support: 18 000 € (An extra budget of typically € 4500 per Extension will be allocated to the ORCA consortium partner acting as Patron for guaranteed support)

Requirements related to the proposer

A proposer can only be selected for funding for one proposal, even if the proposer submitted multiple proposals that are ranked high enough to be selected for funding. In the latter case, the proposer may be given the opportunity to choose the one to be retained for funding.

More information and the Open Call documents at the ORCA Open Call website.


What’s ORCA?

ORCA offers experimentation facilities to promote wireless innovation in several market segments, including manufacturing, automotive industry, healthcare, ambient assisted living, public events, home automation, and utilities.

Within the manufacturing market, for instance, application requirements vary from very low latency, up to real-time 3D video-driven interaction between collaborative robots and humans, to non-time critical downloads of large data volumes for updating the software of machines.

Different applications and services often have to share the wireless infrastructure and the spectral bands, making it very challenging to meet the diverging QoS requirements simultaneously. The control mechanisms that are provided today in wireless technologies are not adequate to deal with extreme (ultra-low latency, ultra-high throughput, ultra- high reliability) and diverging (low AND high data rate, time-critical AND non-time critical) communication needs. Interesting evolutions are happening at different levels, enabling the creation of parallel on demand wireless network slices optimized for a specific set of requirements.

The overall ORCA objective is to bridge those interesting evolutions at different levels, making them mature enough to enable end-to-end networking experiments going from Software-Defined Radio (SDR), with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

We will open novel frequency bands, by proposing SDR technology at mmWave frequencies, that is mature and fast enough to be included in end-to-end networking experiments. We will bridge SDR with SDN technology, enabling the creation of multiple virtual networks that operate on the same infrastructure but meet the most diverse and stringent application requirements. We will finally enable advanced reprogramming of the SDR infrastructure, needed for offering versatile testbed facilities, paving the way towards, ultimately, on demand wireless networking and experimentation.

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