Launched in January 2017, the Tekes funded CORNET project is an ambitious joint research effort of academia and industry to discover and test novel solutions for realising critical communications in a highly cost-effective manner by reutilising commercial radio networks and everyday communication equipment.

The project combines the research interests and knowledge of six public organisations and six industry partners operating in the fields of mobile networks and services including telecommunications equipment and software development, electronic network measurements, radio spectrum management etc.

The main goal of CORNET project is to develop a powerful test platform where the Quality of Service of critical communications in commercial radio networks as well as the operability of movable temporary radio networks can be tested in a real-life environment. For this purpose, CORNET will carry out both research and proof-of-concept trials with commercial base stations and network management systems. Frequent public demonstrations are also organised in order to ensure the transfer of knowledge and joint innovation.

Researchers working in CORNET will focus on five technical scenarios with high potential usability and impact including

  • Priority communication use cases
    • eCall automotive emergency system
    • Remote care communications between ambulance and hospital
    • Critical communications of the authorities
  • Temporary network deployment use cases
    • Emergency and crisis operations
    • Tactical operations (e.g. peacekeeping)

Both theoretical and experimental research will be performed including, but not limited to, theoretical study of regulatory changes, detailed definition of scenarios, development of vertical applications and realisation of trials.

More information: CORNET website