The NGN Test Lab is equipped for analyzing communication systems and evaluating and enhancing customer-specific solutions ranging from local communication networks to cloud-based services. Apart from examining the transmission protocol and system parameters, the tests also evalute various security aspects.

NGN Test Lab

The NGN Test Lab is equipped for analyzing communication systems and evaluating and enhancing customer-specific solutions ranging from local communication networks to cloud-based services. Apart from examining the transmission protocol and system parameters, the tests also evalute various security aspects.

One particular focus of the lab’s current activities involves evaluating communication and collaboration systems in order to verify conformity to standards, interoperability and data transmission security and integrity. Another key element is the integration of mobile end user devices into local communication systems.

A reliable communication platform is essential for many applications. In many regions of the world however, even in industrialized countries, the fixed and mobile networks still provide insufficient bandwidth and quality. Although it can be a feasible supplement or serve as a general alternative in these situations, satellite communication has unique characteristics that can place certain restrictions or conditions on the application being used. The lab is equipped with DSL and satellite connections for simulating heterogeneous corporate networks and testing their suitability as underlying communication platforms for enterprise applications. The test results can serve as a basis for developing feasibility studies or they can be used as functional models in conjunction with the existing lab infrastructure.

Equipment & Services

Equipment

  • Various ADSL and VDSL connections as well as a Gbit link to the German Research Network
  • Satellite DSL
  • Protocol analyzers, traffic generators, diverse analysis software
  • Powerline adapter test environment
  • Environment for testing the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Voice Service private cloud platform, including the simulation of a typical Fraunhofer institute communication infrastructure

Services

Usability and interoperability tests

  • Testing of prototype communication systems
  • System compatibility evaluations
  • Set up of customer-specific heterogeneous enterprise networks
  • Independent transmission system testing
  • Design and implementation of prototype communication systems and applications

Measurements

  • User equipment test series (i.e. powerline adapters)
  • Characteristics and behavior of defined transmission paths and transmission systems

Information security

  • Analyses for identifying vulnerabilities in communication protocols and Internet-based services
  • Security and routing concepts for IP networks
  • Customer-specific security architectures
  • Design and prototype implementation of secure overlay networks and IP services with a focus on SME solutions
  • Design and implementation of security policies for enterprise networks with a focus on integrated mobile end-user devices