Field Trials beyond 5G

Duration: 1/1/2023 – 31/12/2025   |   Total Funding: € 17,349,527

Challenge

The evolution of 5G will merge the physical and virtual worlds along with the integration of high-resolution sensing, geolocation, and wireless technologies. These will enable a new level of digital services and link human senses with ambient and remote data. Beyond 5G (B5G) networks are expected to provide ultra-high speeds, ultra-high capacity, ultra-low latency, ultra-multi-terminal connections, and ultra-low power consumption. Combined with an expansion of connectivity into the sea, air, and space, B5G would have the power to positively impact the society. Advanced, Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven functions are planned for the management plane, enhanced access to slicing and support for reconfigurability, as well as deeper integration of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC). Moreover, the evolution of 5G will provide additional support to the new vertical domains, such as the Extended Reality (XR), and further enhance the Quality of Experience (QoE) of existing services by facilitating new business models.

The convergence of the virtual and physical worlds could be achieved with the stringent characteristics of B5G and 6G networks supporting the creation of new novel services, such as digital twins and the internet of senses/haptic applications. This is where FIDAL steps in. FIDAL is targeting the augmentation of human capabilities, allowing vertical industry players to perform advanced technological and business validation in large-scale field trials of highly innovative and advanced applications that exploit B5G technologies. This will provide extensive and valuable feedback to the broader industry, academia, innovators, and community before wide commercial deployments of B5G networks throughout Europe.

Project Objectives

1

To extend, federate and evolve existing 5G testbeds to deliver an advanced future-proof evolved 5G facility, that is open and accessible to support 3rd party vertical experimentation for rapid prototyping and large-scale validation of advanced, forward-looking applications.

2

To leverage, develop, and extend innovative, next-generation, and business-relevant services, and applications (including digital twins and the internet of senses) in the Media and PPDR domains, showcasing the clear benefit of 5G evolution and preparing the ground for the introduction of 6G.

3

To implement a unified framework for automatically driving end-to-end network and service management decisions via a Zero-Touch engine, leveraging Distributed Deep Reinforcement learning-based control algorithms.

4

To contribute with a repository of NetApps, AI-driven tools, open-source applications, open training sets, and data models to be leveraged by FIDAL vertical applications, 3rd party projects from Open Calls, and future SNS projects.

5

To implement an end-to-end Security Framework for the operations including AI as a Service (AIaaS).

6

To create impact through wide means of exploitation, contribution to standards, outreach and clustering activities, dissemination, communication and Open Calls.

Role in the Project

eBOS as the Quality and Risk Manager of the project will:

  • Monitor the project’s progress to ensure that proactive measures are taken to mitigate risks that could jeopardise the planned project outcomes.
  • Establish and implement a set of Quality Assurance procedures to be followed by the Consortium.
  • Make sure all project outcomes and Deliverables are of high quality, submitted on time, and in alignment with the project scope.

Furthermore, eBOS will support the design and development of an AIaaS module oriented to support intelligent experimentation regarding vertical deployment on the network.

eBOS will also contribute to the evaluation, deployment, and integration of the various testbeds and large-scale infrastructure components of the project during the large-scale trials and the Open Call trials.

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