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Information doc: 

Michel Corriou Business Development Manager of Images et Réseaux Cluster


Effective member: 

LEVIER (Laboratoire d’Expérimentation et Valorisation Images Et Réseaux) Living Labs, thanks to its diversity of broadband infrastructures and its panels of users wants to provide an experimental facility, services and methodology for enterprises and R&D project wanting to practice user centric R&D. LEVIER is much centered around the fixed-mobile convergence paradigm and provides both “real” and virtual infrastructures.

The LEVIER Living Lab is federated around the Images et Réseaux Cluster and the M@rsouin project and is operated by the Images et Réseaux Cluster under ImaginLab brand.

Description of concept

LEVIER Lab gathers the existing Living Lab initiatives in Brittany and Pays de Loire, and is articulated over 2 main complementary infrastructures:

  • A broadband infrastructure interconnecting fixed and mobile areas allowing new deployment and usages around broadband and mobile TV.
  • A Virtual Reality “infrastructure” where collaborative design and innovation can take place between the different stakeholders.

LEVIER Lab covers the whole Brittany and Pays de Loire areas in France, with specific technology focus in the different areas currently connected to the Living Labs. Fixed-mobile convergence is the motor of the Living Lab, technologies cover all fixed and mobile access technologies (FTTH, FTTB), an IMS core network, land and sea wireless access (LTE). There is also a wide diversity of users in LEVIER. One of the main specificity of LEVIER is to see the technology as a mean to serve the use and to develop services to the whole population on the territory: advances users with high speed connection and new services (ex: virtual reality), but also rural or maritime population which do not have access to broadband for the time being, and for whom the services remain to be invented.

The Lab has also set-up a common methodology and tools for tests definition and customer involvement, with the M@rsouin project.

LEVIER offers its infrastructures, methodology and services to companies and project wanting to apply user centric R&D. Morever LEVIER is interconnected to other Living Lab in Europe by means of the Panlab II project. This enables to have access to various users in Europe from a unique geographical location.


References and Track Record

Numerous projects have been carried so far, like Mazadoo project which aims to facilitate relations between the elderly and generally dependent housed in nursing homes. Point Etude (Ubiquitous access to new services related to University education, gathering 70000 students), first test of Audiovisual services over DSL, Experimental coverage of rural and sea areas via wireless, test of virtual reality concepts devices and contents at very large scale, usage tests around HDTV on the production, broadcasting, reception sides.