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Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

Brief description of the organisation

The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru is an academic community inspired in ethical principles and catholic values that creates and disseminates culture, learning and knowledge, a promoter of change, engaged in the comprehensive education of individuals to enable them to use studying as a self-development tool and to build their skills to face and solve fundamental problems inherent to the human being and to society. The vision of the institution is to lead in university education in the country and to be recognized locally and abroad as a venue where development is promoted and generated. Values constitute the foundations of our organizational culture and are essential elements that shape the identity of the university, conferring it uniqueness and asserting its social presence.

PUCP will participate in the TUCAN3G initiative by means of the GTR-PUCP, a research and innovation group with strong involvement and expertise in rural telecommunications, telemedicine and information systems based on technology transfer initiatives that focus local agents of development in rural, deprived communities and human settlements. GTR-PUCP, in particular, and the university in general, is strongly related to central and local government and enterprises both of national and global scope.

GTR-PUCP started back in 1997 and has been and still is involved in international consortium-based projects funded by the European Union such as the ALFA initiative, ALIS initiative, Willay among other international multilateral funding agents.Members of GTR-PUCP are also part of the faculty in charge of both engineering (eletronic, informatics, mechanics, telecommunications) and information science careers. Also, they have authored and co-authored referenced material on rural wireless networks and their related technologies and management.

Main tasks attributed in the project

WP2: Contribute to the definition of the system requirements and the scenarios.

WP5: Design of transport networks and study interoperability aspects with the access network.

WP6: Leader in demonstrative network platform.

WP7: Scientific dissemination in conferences and journals.

Previous experience relevant to those tasks:

GTR-PUCP participated in a European @LIS project (EHAS) in which one of their responsibilities was the installation and operation of wireless infrastructure for providing connectivity to remote communities. Also, GTR-PUCP has been and still is involved in international consortium-based projects funded by the European Union such as the ALFA initiative, Willay (funded directly by the EU) among other international multilateral funding agents

GTR-PUCP has been in charge of the deployment of rural wireless networks in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, and has assessed and researched on their use for telemedicine, distance learning and wireless sensor networks by conducting three recent actions: Proyecto Putumayo (Binational project of telemedicine for maternal-child health on the border of Colombia and Peru) MASERATTI (Improving health care in rural areas through telemedicine applications for wireless technologies), CELA ( European alpha project for technology transfer  for climate change  adaptation,  specifically climate monitoring with sensor networks in rural areas). Further info is avaliable at http://gtr.telecom.pucp.edu.pe/.