UCLA Public Safety Network Systems

Group 2: Networking Gear

The main responsible of the group is to identify and thoroughly describe the network requirements for public safety networks. Equipment covered by this research area involve service aggregation routers and any other devices used to interface with mobile operators and the network. All communications traffic will ultimately be routed to an IP-based metropolitan network. The key issue is maintaining interoperability between legacy and newer communications technologies.

•    Develop Reference Model for Public Safety communications networks
•    This activity builds upon the information collected in Activity Area 1
•    A layered architecture reference model will be developed to identify the functions and services that are involved and the corresponding ordering of task and service flows
    –    Each layer receives services from the layer below and provides services to a higher layer
    –    The higher application layers will be divided to multiple public safety oriented sub-layers that provide essential services to end user devices
    –    The lower networking layers will provide communications networking services that are effectively and efficiently designed to assure highly robust and failure -resistant transport of high quality multimedia (data, voice and video) flows in a metropolitan space, with effective connectivity to backbone networks
•    The models will involve multiple dimensions: user plane, control/signaling place, management (and operations) plane
•    Horizontally: Each layer is related to its NME (network management and operations entities); vertically: a layer reference architecture and tasking/service flows in each plane
•    Correlation with Functional Models that describe the operational processes that will drive technology and products
•    Proposed model needs to have the capability to perform in-frequent uploading of high-rate image/video streams characterizing urgent disaster scenarios