ORCA testbed facilities provide complementary capabilities to enable innovative communications research. Click on the name of the testbed to deploy the detailed information:

  • Short Description:The w-iLab.t testbed at imec in Ghent provides a semi-shielded test environment with many heterogeneous devices. On more than 100 locations, embedded PCs are equipped with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi cards and IEEE 802.15.4 sensor nodes. In addition, lots of SDR hardware is available: USRPs, WARPs, ZYNQ boards. Imec also has portable wireless test infrastructure facilitating experiments on remote locations. The hardware and tools are the same as the w-ilab.t testbed. In total 12 embedded wireless pc’s are available (WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac cards, 802.15.4 sensor nodes). The nodes can easily be extended by any USB-compatible hardware, such as SDR hardware (e.g. USRP b200 mini, USRP b200, USRP b210 or even USRP x310 or Zynq boards on request). Hardware in the portable testbed can be powered by Power over Ethernet or battery packs (which run up to 8 hours).
  • Unique Features:
    • Large scale wireless test environment
    • Semi-shielded from outside interference
    • Controlled interference generation possible
    • Different Software-defined Radio equipment
    • Mobile experimentation with fully autonomous remotely controlled robots
    • Portable wireless test infrastructure (also with SDR equipment) that can be rapidly deployed in the field
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wilabtTop:  w-iLab.t testbed with mobile robots

wilabtBottom:  port able testbed


  • Short Description: The reconfigurable radio testbed at Trinity College Dublin provides virtualized radio hardware, software virtualisation, Cloud-RAN, Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), and Software Defined Networking technologies to support the experimental investigation of the interplay between 5G radio and future networks.
  • Unique Features:
    • Software-defined Radios
    • Software-defined Networking
    • NFV and OSM
    • Network Slicing


  • Short Description: ORBIT is a 20×20 two-dimensional grid of programmable radio nodes available for remote or on-site access with the range of radio resources including: Software Defined Radio (SDR) platforms (USRP, WARP, RTL-SDR, USRP N210, USRP X310, USRP B210, Nutaq PicoSDR2x2-E and Nutaq ZeptoSDR ), WiFi 802.11a/b/g 802.11n 802.11ac, Bluetooth (BLE), ZigBee, commercial LTE/WiMAX (basestations and clients), Cloud (including a number of nodes with Tesla-based GPUs) and Software defined networking (SDN) resources.
  • Unique Features:
    • Number of sandboxes with SDR devices
    • 4 Massive-MIMO mini racks
    • Private cloud (rack of machines) with GPUs
    • SDN sandbox


  • Short Description:The “Online Wireless Lab (OWL)” testbed provides Software Defined Radio platforms that can be used for prototyping real-time systems. For example, the development tool LabVIEW/LVC in combination with USRPs supports experimenting with existing protocols such as LTE and 802.11, but it also enables fast proof-of-concept for innovative communication technologies such as Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing (GFDM).
  • Unique Features:
    • 26 GHz front ends integrated to USRP
    • Flexible GFDM transceiver
    • Various SDR platforms
    • Possibility of outdoor experimentation