6G-Multiband Wireless and Optical Signalling for Integrated Communications, Sensing and Localisation

Duration: 01/01/2024 – 31/12/2026   |   Total Funding: € 4,898,000

Challenge

6G-MUSICAL is a ground-breaking SNS JU Phase 2 project co-funded by the EC that merges radio sensing and communication technologies to create new technological paradigms in Radio Frequency (RF) communication. The project is perfectly timed to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving world of wireless communications, radio-sensing, localisation, and positioning in future 6G networks.

6G-MUSICAL aims to equip edge infrastructure nodes of 6G with integrated RF/radar-based radio-sensing elements that co-work with communication components. This enables localisation, object tracking and 3D imaging, with cm-level precision and resolution. As such, the project will investigate new spectrally and energy efficient system architectures and signals, to facilitate high-rate communication across multi-frequency bands integrated with accurate sensing and localisation.

The domain of wireless communications has emerged as the most dynamic sector in radio over the past several decades. Another radio technology that has been around since World War II is radar technology. Despite sharing significant commonalities with the physical layer of wireless communications, these two technologies have progressed in isolation. The main motivation behind the 6G-MUSICAL proposal is the integration of these two isolated technologies and their inclusion in the definition of the future 6G networks.

Project Objectives

The project’s key objectives are as follows:

1

Define physical and logical network architecture and framework for the next-generation integrated communication and sensing network for connected and unconnected objects.

2

Develop and validate physical-layer waveforms suitable for both communication and radio sensing.

3

Design development and transport to the infrastructure nodes of low-noise and highly stable reference sources for RF carrier and timing synchronisation.

4

Develop and validate cooperative MIMO multi-static sensing algorithms to enable high accuracy localisation and tracking and high-resolution 3D imaging.

5

Develop dynamic resource allocation schemes that enable optimisation of the usage of radio resources to satisfy radio localisation, sensing and communication needs.

6

Define and validate the business cases and sustainability issues associated with integrated communication and sensing in 6G.

7

Integration and demonstration of 6G-MUSICAL’s value by conducting appropriate experimentation, testing, and validation of its innovations in lab settings using PoCs.

eBOS Role in the Project

eBOS’ main technical role is to offer their 5G/6G IoT testbed facility and expertise to enable the testing and validation of a 6G Use Case in a small-scale lab environment. eBOS is also leading the Work Package related to the maximisation of the project’s impact and visibility, including leading the dissemination, communication and outreach strategy and activities.

6G MUSICAL project has received funding from the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101139176. Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. https://smart-networks.europa.eu/.