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Real-Time Communication Presentations and Demonstrations, Fall 2014

December 8th, 2014 Comments off


IIT Information Technology and Management students recently presented and demonstrated their fall 2014 real-time communications projects to a group of communications professionals. Students were challenged to conduct research, and to test and deploy solutions as part of the project-based learning approach at IIT School of Applied Technology. Unlike a final exam, these students had to provide a working system and defend it in front of an audience of industry professionals—some with 30 years of experience.

Presentations included:

  • The Gateway Project—A gateway SIP proxy interconnects the lab test beds enabling mobile calls to flow through to our NG911 test bed, voice-over IIT system, and WebRTC environment. (Student–Cruz Tovar)
  • NG9-1-1: Performance Testing, a Production-Ready NG-911 System for the Counties of Southern Illinois—Our Emergency Services IP Network (ESINet) is used by the National Emergency Numbers Association to test the interoperability of elements of the ESINet architecture. Students supported the setup and testing, and also did performance tests for early adopters of the new technology. Both types of testing were described. (Student–Bart Dworak)
  • Non-Repudiation of Voice-Over-SIP Conversations (Student–Yango A. Colmenares)
  • VoIIT Project v2: Building a VoIIT Test Bed Using FreeSWITCH (Students–Nkechi Ijeh and Shefali Verma)
  • SIP: SIP Performance Benchmarks—Automated Application of a SIP Performance Test Methodology to Various SIP Proxies: Results and Their Analyses. (Students–Yueqing Zhang, Arthur Clouet, and Oluseyi S. Awotayo)
  • SIP Mobility—OpenBTS, a SIP-based cellular-phone system, was demonstrated, and its architecture, behavior, and use was described. (Student Adesola Ayodele)

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IIT has two real-time communications labs, one at the Rice Campus in Wheaton and the other at IIT Main Campus. Learn more about the real-time communications labs by clicking here.

IIT School of Applied Technology hosts and supports NENA’s ICE 6: End to End Test of i3 Architecture

November 17th, 2014 Comments off


The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) ICE 6: End to End Test of i3 Architecture was recently hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology Real-Time Communications Lab, who provided infrastructure and technical support for the project ( This network architecture permits all 9-1-1 calls – wherever they originate – to be carried over an Internet backbone network with special IP telephony components that enable routing the call to the appropriate agency and providing the caller’s location to that agency so it can dispatch emergency support. Carol Davids, Director of the IIT Real-Time Communications Lab, and Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management (ITM), coordinated the event with NENA. Numerous ITM students and alumni provided technical support.

NENA oversees the 9-1-1 emergency network and serves the public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 7,000 members in 48 chapters across North America and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems.

NENA works with public policy leaders; emergency services and telecommunications industry partners; like-minded public safety associations; and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives; to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system; and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications.

In NG9-1-1, all call media must be recorded, including voice, video, and text. In addition, all elements involved in call processing log event records for each step in the process. The NENA i3 Solution defines standard interfaces for recording and retrieving all of this data in order to provide historical records for legal purposes and for analyzing and troubleshooting NG9-1-1 processes. The ICE 6 event at Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Technology allowed vendors of all NG9-1-1 call processing elements to test logging, recording and retrieval interfaces while processing calls from origination to termination with different media types.

The event was open to NENA professionals only and was held at Illinois Institute of Technology, Rice Campus, Wheaton, IL from November 10-14, 2014. Over 50 registrants participated from cities across the US, Canada and Europe. In addition to Illinois Tech’s Industry Professor Carol Davids, Joe Cusimano, an RTC Lab Industry Mentor, led the lab’s ICE Test work supported by Student Support Team members, Bart Dworak, Kbrom Tewoldu, Christina (Cruz) Tovar and Michal Siuty. Members of Professor Davids’ IP Telecommunications course participated as observers, learning first-hand how the technology they are learning about in the classroom is being applied in the real world.

NENA chose IIT’s Real-Time Communications Lab ( for its outstanding resources and support and its proven record of past success with previous ICE events.

Learn more about the NENA ICE 6 event


IIT Students Present Real-Time Communications Projects

May 10th, 2013 Comments off

IIT Information Technology and Management students presented and demonstrated their Real-Time Communications projects to IIT ITM students presenting Real-Time Communications projectsa crowd of communications professionals on May 1. Students were challenged to conduct research,and test and deploy solutions as part of the project-based learning approach at IIT School of Applied Technology. Unlike a final exam, these students had to provide a working system and defend it in front of a crowd of industry professionals—some with 30 years of experience.

Sponsors of the event included IIT School of Applied Technology, IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Fox Valley Subsection. Professor Carol Davids chaired the sessions and coordinated the student projects. The NG911 project was mentored by Joe Cusimano of Data-TelSystem Solutions. Several former IIT students also attended the event.

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Students test 911 services at IIT’s Real-Time Communications Lab

October 24th, 2012 Comments off

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) recently worked with IIT Professor Carol Davids and ITM students to test 911 emergency services at IIT’s Real-Time Communications Lab.

In the left picture, IIT students Michal Siuty and Kbrom Tewoldu work with IIT Mentor Joe Cusimano, NENA ICE-5 Participants and representatives as they test the 911 emergency service. The NENA event was held at IIT’s Real-Time Communications Lab at the Rice Campus in Wheaton Illinois. More than 50 vendors and NENA representatives gathered to test the interoperability of the vendors’ products which support an all-IP backbone for the delivery of Emergency 911 services, and in particular support their use by the hearing impaired community.

In the right picture, Professor Carol Davids looks on as NENA representatives and NENA ICE-5 participants demonstrate how the Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) supports voice and video calls and text messages to Pubic Service Access Point (PSAP) call takers. In this photo, hearing-impaired callers and their American Sign Language interpreters use the video capabilities of the system as well as the text function to complete an emergency call.
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Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Killer App Hackathon (in St. Charles, IL)

May 24th, 2012 Comments off

Bring your game: Three sessions, two days, one objective: Create the world’s first killer M2M app!

June 11-13, 2012 during the Connected World Conference at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL

Hackers nationwide are invited to participate in the first ever M2M app Hackathon-with fame and fortune as the reward for your creativity and skills! We provide the energy drinks, snacks, developer kits, and the room to code-all day and all night. The winners will receive not only cash, but a secure place in the history of hacking-guaranteed by a cover story in the nationally distributed Connected World magazine.

Drop your mouse and check out these incentives:
1st place: $3,000 plus be featured on the cover of Connected World magazine and mentioned in the cover story
2nd place: $1,500
3rd place: an iPad
4th place: a cellular signal booster

About the Hackathons:
Join us June 11 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and grab some free food and drink, as well as your developer kit to get started. You may participate in one or all three Hackathon sessions-either as an individual or as a team. Space is limited so sign up to participate today.

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Real-Time Communications Roundtable

November 9th, 2011 Comments off

Topic: Project Presentations and Demonstrations by IIT Students in
Real-Time Communications
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-9:30 PM
Speakers: IIT Students and Mentors

You are invited to join us for presentations, demonstrations and poster sessions about the Real-Time Communications projects created by students in the VoIP and Data-Communications courses of IIT’s School of Applied Technology. Click “Read more…” to see the full agenda and registration details… Read more…

7th Annual Real-Time Communications Conference and Expo

October 4th, 2011 Comments off

October 4-6, 2011 at IIT’s Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois. See the Conference website at for complete details.