The SMART-Net concept is based on a decentralised vision in which access infrastructure is partly distributed across the network, allowing reduction of service cost and significant increase of performance. A key objective of the project is to make available comprehensive and configurable experimental facilities for investigation of future wireless networks. This is achieved by deploying simulation and real-life Testbeds based on advanced Radio Access Technologies. The motivation behind SMART-Net is to overcome the limitations of conventional Broadband Wireless Access systems, in which all communications are required to pass through one costly central base station. Therefore, the project proposes a novel system architecture enabling next generation of Wireless Mesh Networks which will support new applications by the Internet, innovative service packages delivery offered by telecom operators and advanced communication solutions for public safety and homeland security. The project is funded under the new initiative within the ICT research programme promoting New Paradigms and Experimental Facilities (FIRE Initiative). More details here.