FESTA CONSORTIUM, 2008. FESTA. D5 Common vision regarding nomadic systems FOTs. AR2605
On the basis of systems & functions identified in WP5 nomadic devices, the Nomadic
Device team in FESTA has focused its efforts to find a generic method to answer
these following questions:
• What are the relevant nomadic devices services to be tested in an FOT?
• What are the relevant use cases lists that correspond to mature systems?
• How to identify & prepare the research & questions towards nomadic
• How to link hypotheses to indicators and concrete measurements during the
In the annex, the reader will find a list answering partially these questions but most
important the process was used to setup a methodology for the selection of the
systems and functions and the identification of the research questions for future
FOTs addressing Nomadic Devices. Therefore, this document provides a procedure
on how to build a list of functions and hypotheses taking into account issues with a
holistic point of view on safety, mobility, environment, business and implementation
rather than providing an exhaustive list of functions or hypotheses which would need
to be tested in an FOT.
The main chapter of this document describes 5 steps to go from the definition of the
relevant functions and systems to the hypotheses to be tested during an FOT.
Eventually, the hypotheses will lead to a list of indicators and measures which will
help the study design of your FOT. The five steps are:
• Step 1: Selection and description of Functions
• Step 2: Definition of use cases and situations
• Step 3: Identification of the Research Questions
• Step 4: Creation of Hypotheses
• Step 5: Link Hypotheses with indicators for quantitative analyses
Building the right list of functions and their hypotheses will be the basis of a good
FOT. Understanding the political, societal and technical benefit of the FOT as a
whole before it has even started is a key to its successful outcome. It is therefore
strongly advised to put considerable effort and time on this preliminary work which
might seems more paper-like before starting the exciting implementation of the
devices and functions for large-scale testing.
Please see report for a full list of authors. This report is also available at http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/festa/downloads.php