Next generation networks and standardisation


Laboratory of Open Systems and Networks has years of experience in research and development in the area of network and telecommunication development both from the technical and innovation and socio-economic point of view, mostly within the EU projects.

The Laboratory members were leading the national part of the COSINE project that set up the academic network infrastructure in Europe. The first Internet connectivity between Slovenia and the rest of the world was set up in 1991 within the Laboratory computers and the Dutch institute for High Energy Physics- NIKHEF. That paved the way for setting up the national academic and educational network of Slovenia. Later the research in the area of networking was performed within the EU funded projects in collaboration with the telecommunication industry and academic centers among them: CADENUS, FAIN, DAIDALOS, BREATH, P2PNext and EIFFEL. The topic addressed in this area of research were focused on the provision of QoS in IP networks (CADENUS), provision of new protocols for neighboring discovery and setting the security architecture in active networks (FAIN), developing network technology for pervasive computing (DAIDALOS), designing socio-economics models for promotion of broadband networks and economic assessment of the technology for broadband network backbone upgrading (BREATH) and the study and design of the capacity and the property of the Future Internet (EIFFEL). Peer to peer networking in the context of Content Delivery Networks was studied and TV platform was developed within the project P2PNext.

Some of the research activities resulted in some standardized solutions especially in the area of secure networking and privacy provision. Secure and long-term archiving in on-line environment was standardized within the IETF standards tracks.

Current activities are focused on developing affordable Future Internet Scenarios and acceptable Internet governance model. Research dealing with the e-services is currently taking part within the eSENS project from the Policy and Innovation program of EU.


Peer-reviewed journal papers

  1. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Four scenarios for future evolution of the internet. IEEE technol. soc. mag., 2011, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 39-46.
  2. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. The future of the internet : Scenarios and challenges in the evolution path as seen by EIFFEL Think-Tank. International journal on advances in internet technology, 2010, vol. 3, no. 3/4, pp. 195-202.
  3. KLANČNIK, Tomaž, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Context-aware information broker for cloud computing. Int. Rev. Comp. Softw. (Testo stamp.), 2010, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 52-58.
  4. KLANČNIK, Tomaž, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Uvajanje širokopasovnih dostopovnih omrežij na podeželska območja = Deployment of broadband access networks in rural areas. Uporab. inform. (Ljubl.), jan./feb./mar. 2009, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 5-14.
  5. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Techno-economic analysis and empirical study of network broadband investment : the case of backbone upgrading. Information systems frontiers. [Online ed.], 2008, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 103-110.
  6. TURK, Tomaž, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, TRKMAN, Peter. Factors and sustainable strategies fostering the adoption of broadband communications in an enlarged European Union. Technol. forecast. soc. change. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 75, no. 7, pp. 933-951.
  7. TRKMAN, Peter, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, TURK, Tomaž. Factors of broadband development and the design of a strategic policy framework. Telecommun. policy. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 101-115.
  8. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. The development of research and innovation policies based on a benchmarking assessment : the case of mobile communications technology R&D in the new member states of the EU. Technol. anal. strateg. manag., 2008, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 201-216.
  9. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Web-hosting market development status and its value as an indicator of a country’s e-readiness. Telecommun. policy. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 422-435.
  10. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Comparative study and techno-economic analysis of broadband backbone upgrading : a case study. Informatica (Ljublj.), 2007, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 279-284.
  11. JADRONJA, Krešimir, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Stimulating broadband deployment and adoption in EU. WSEAS trans. commun., 2007, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 383-389.
  12. GABRIJELČIČ, Dušan, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, TASIČ, Jurij F. Future active Ip netwoks security architecture. Comput. commun.. [Print ed.], 2005, vol. 28, pp. 688-701.
  13. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, KLOBUČAR, Tomaž. Privacy provision in e-learning standardized systems: status and improvements. Computer Standards and Interfaces. [Print ed.], 2005, vol. 27, str. 561-578.
  14. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Assessment of the ICT market development through study of web hosting services in a country. Organizacija (Kranj), 2005, let. 38, št. 10, pp. 563-569.
  15. SAVANOVIĆ, Arso, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, BEŠTER, Janez. Neighbour discovery in active networks = Odkrivanje sosednjih aktivnih vozlišč v aktivnih omrežjih. Elektroteh. vestn., 2004, letn. 71, št. 3, pp. 109-114.
  16. SAVANOVIĆ, Arso, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. A protocol for adaptive autoconfiguration of active networks, WSEAS Trans. Comput., vol. 2, pp. 78-83, 2003.
  17. SENIČAR, Vanja, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, KLOBUČAR, Tomaž. Privacy-enhancing technologies – approaches and development, Comput. stand. interfaces, vol. 25, pp. 147-158, 2003.
  18. SAVANOVIĆ, Arso, GABRIJELČIČ, Dušan, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, KARNOUSKOS, Stamatis. An active networks security architecture. Informatica (Ljublj.), 2002, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 211-221.

Invited lectures

  1. KLANČNIK, Tomaž, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. HIP – protokol za varnejšo mobilnost in večdomnost. In: UMEK, Anton (Ed.), KOS, Anton (Ed.), SODNIK, Jaka (Ed.), HUDOBIVNIK, Alojz (Ed.). Triindvajseta delavnica o telekomunikacijah, 23 in 24. november 2009, Brdo pri Kranju. Širokopasovna mobilna omrežja : zbornik referatov, (VITEL). Ljubljana: Elektrotehniška zveza Slovenije, cop. 2009, pp. 74-77.

Book chapters

  1. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Comment valoriser les diversités culturelles et linguistiques, en renforçant le respect des valeurs, de l’éthique et de Droits de l’Homme dans l’espace numérique? = How can we promote cultural and linguistic diverisities, as well as reinforce the respect of values, Ehtics and Humans rights in the digital world?. In: DELAHAUT, Marie-Anne (Ed.). Prospective de l’Internet : les réseaux numériques comme outils structurants des territoires de la connaissance : digital networks as structuring tools for the knowledge regions. Namur, 2005, pp. 123-135.
  2. GABRIJELČIČ, Dušan, SAVANOVIĆ, Arso. Security management. In: Programmable networks for IP service deployment, (Artech House telecommunications library). Boston; London: Artech House, 2004, pp. 225-251.
  3. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Introducing new business models in provision of QOS networks. In: MENDES, Manuel J. (Ed.), SUOMI, Reima (Ed.), PASSOS, Carlos (Ed.). Digital communities in a networked society : e-commerce, e-business, and e-government : the Third IFIP Conference on E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Government (I3E 2003), September 21-24, 2003, Sao Paulo, Brazil, (IFIP-The International Federation for Information Processing, 139). Boston; Dordrecht; London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, cop. 2004, pp. 187-200.
  4. GABRIJELČIČ, Dušan, SAVANOVIĆ, Arso, JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. Design, implementation and evaluation of security facilities for a next generation network element. In: JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka (Ed.), SCHNEIDER, Wolfgang (Ed.), KLOBUČAR, Tomaž (Ed.). Security and privacy in advanced networking technologies, (NATO science series, Series III, Computer and systems sciences, vol. 193). Amsterdam [etc.]: IOS Press, 2004, pp. 115-134.
  5. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka. New business models in QoS networks, In: Concurrent engineering – The vision for the future generation in research and application : proceedings of the 10th ISPE International conference on concurrent engineering research and applications, 26-30 July 2003, Jianzhong Cha (Ed.), Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves (Ed.), Adolfo Steiger-Garçao (Ed.), Lisse [etc.], 2003, pp. 1227-1231.

Professional monograph

  1. JERMAN-BLAŽIČ, Borka, KLOBUČAR, Tomaž, PERŠE, Zoran, NEDELJKOVIĆ, Dragan. Elektronsko poslovanje na internetu. 1. natis. Ljubljana: GV založba, 2001. 206 pages., ilustr. ISBN 86-7061-246-1.