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Technology platforms

The Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre's technology and experimentation platforms are testament to the diversity and expertise of the research teams' work. These developments are of great value in terms of scientific output, but also in terms of innovation, facilitating dialogue with industrial players in the field of new technologies.

Sensor networks

An innovative experimental platform at the forefront of research on the Internet of the Future for use by stakeholders developing French Internet solutions to perform experiments on wireless mobile networks, thereby speeding up the design of advanced technologies for the Internet of the Future.

FIT IoT-LAB : Mobile wireless sensor networks consist of small, portable and low-energy consumption objects, embedded in larger objects such as vehicles, parcels, industrial equipment and even clothing. FIT-IoT LAB provides an infrastructure that connects several platforms together for testing solutions that use very large-scale mobile sensor networks.


The Grid 5000/Aladdin technology and experimentation platform is made up of computing units spread among 9 different geographical sites (Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Nancy, Orsay, Rennes, Sophia-Antipolis and Toulouse), interconnected via the Renater network. This large-scale infrastructure is a research tool designed to serve the growing number of research communities with experimentation needs in the field of distributed systems. In 2003, the Ministry for Education, Youth and Research  launched the national project Grid5000 to promote research on computing grids in France. Supported by other organisations such as Inria, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), universities, the public interest grouping Renater and a handful of regional and general councils, this project aimed to create a nationwide experimental platform with 5000 computing nodes (hence the name "GRID5000") by 2007. The major objective of Grid 5000/Aladdin is to develop the experimental platform into a professional-grade tool that can be of use to researchers.

  • Contact:  DOLPHIN research team

Virtual Reality and Interactions

PIRVI (Interaction, Virtual Reality and Images) is a technology and software platform with cutting-edge virtual reality equipment, and in particular a collaborative interaction room for 3D objects, with a 3D scanner and touch tables. The platform is based in the IRCICA building. It is managed by the LIFL in partnership with Inria Lille - Nord Europe (via the MINT research team), L2EP, LAGIS and the IEMN.

  • Contact: MINT research team

Keywords: Technology platforms