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eBOS Participates in 6G-MUSICAL, a New EU-funded Project to Advance 6G Research in Europe

eBOS is proud to announce it will participate in the project titled 6G-MUSICAL from the latest Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) call for proposals. This project is set to develop innovative solutions for 6G technologies in Europe.

eBOS is excited to embark on its new SNS JU project, 6G-MUSICAL, which is set to commence on January 1, 2024. The project 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.

6G-MUSICAL is among the new 27 research, innovation and trials projects financed by SNS JU that will commence operations as of January 1, 2024. All the projects represent a significant step towards advancing smart networks and services, offering breakthrough innovations, experimental platforms and large-scale trials, driving world-class research and shaping the world’s digital connected future.

With this second call for proposals, the SNS JU is moving towards more detailed design and system optimisation while integrating micro-electronics and sustainability as key dimensions. The aim is to build first-class 6G technology capacities across Europe, with the aim to strongly contribute to the standardisation efforts.

Overview of the new SNS JU Project Portfolio

Each of the winning projects explores innovative approaches, spanning a comprehensive spectrum of 6G domains. Assessed by an evaluation committee, composed of independent external experts, the proposals were evaluated based on the criteria of excellence, impact, and quality and efficiency of the implementation. The diverse array of projects ensures a multifaceted approach to addressing 6G challenges and promises a wide range of innovative solutions:

1
System Architecture:

Strengthening the underlying structure of 6G networks for increased robustness, adaptability, and efficiency.

2
Wireless Communication Technologies and Signal Processing:

Exploring advances like Terahertz communications and integrated communication-sensing paradigms.

3
Communication Infrastructure Technologies and Devices:

Fortifying and expanding the physical and virtual infrastructure to support the new 6G technologies.

4
Reliable Services and Smart Security:

Ensuring a secure transition to 6G that prioritises user data protection and privacy.

5
Microelectronics-based Solutions for 6G Networks:

Development and validation of advanced microelectronics solutions for 6G networks.

6
EU-US 6G R&I Cooperation:

Promoting synergies across industries, academic institutions, and regulatory bodies for holistic 6G development.

7
Complementary SNS experimental Pan-EU federated Infrastructure:

Establishment and expansion of a Pan-EU experimental infrastructure for 6G, aiming to validate end-to-end 6G architectures.

8
SNS Societal Challenges:

Addressing broader societal implications of 6G to ensure that technological advancements align with societal needs and benefits.

9
SNS Large Scale Trials and Pilots with Verticals:

Transposing 6G technologies into real-world applications across sectors like connected and automated mobility, healthcare, smart cities, education and farming.

The EU funding for this new portfolio under the Horizon Europe programme is EUR 130 million. The opening of the third SNS call for proposals is planned for January 2024, with publication of the 2024 R&I Work Programme expected this November.

Role of eBOS in 6G-MUSICAL:

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

About SNS JU

The European Smart Networks and Services JU (SNS JU) is a Joint Undertaking established in 2021 by the European Union Council Regulation No 2021/2085. This EU Partnership is jointly led by the EU Commission and the 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA). The mix of public and industry interest makes the Smart Network and Services Joint Undertaking the right platform for collaboration and the right instrument to foster world-class research and innovation on next generation networks and services. The SNS JU two-pillar approach, in support of 5G deployment and for advanced research of 6G systems, create a continuity for EU players but also provide tangible financial support to best research, SMEs and industry to strengthen the EU supply chain side. The SNS JU fosters alignment and synergies with Member States on 6G Research and Innovation Programmes and favour international cooperation.

The SNS JU aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards sustainable, resilient, and climate-neutral network infrastructures and services. The combined EU funding for the first and second call of the SNS JU under the Horizon Europe programme is of around EUR 380 million.

For more information about the SNS JU, please visit https://smart-networks.europa.eu.

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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 or the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.