5G-SOLUTIONS is a 5G-PPP project supporting the EC’s 5G policy by implementing the last phase of the 5G PPP roadmap. It aims to prove and validate that 5G provides prominent industry verticals with ubiquitous access to a wide range of forward-looking services with orders of magnitude of improvement over 4G, thus bringing the 5G vision closer to realisation.
5G-Solutions will bring the 5G vision closer to realization by conducting advanced field-trials of innovative use cases, directly involving end-users across five significant industry vertical domains:
- Factories of the Future,
- Smart Energy,
- Smart Cities,
- Smart Ports,
- Media & Entertainment.
In particular, 5G-SOLUTIONS will provide: (a) validation of more than 140 KPIs for 20 innovative and heterogeneous use cases that require 5G performance capabilities and that are expected to have a high future commercialisation potential. These use cases will be field trialled separately as well as concurrently with real end-user actors through ICT-17’s 5G-EVE and 5G-VINNI facilities, thus validating their conformance to target 5G KPIs specified for each use case, as well as their business potential, ethical and social acceptance; (b) technological enablers for facilitating the execution of the field trials in an automated way, including (i) a unified cross-domain service orchestrator enabling multi-domain slicing and 5G service lifecycle automation, (ii) an innovative smart KPI visualisation system for facilitating the near real-time analysis, presentation, benchmarking and performance validation of reference 5G network KPIs againstpre-defined target values, (iii) intent-based APIs for stimulating innovation and fostering the development, portability and provisioning of new innovative applications by SMEs. Our 26-partner consortium is driven by industry heavyweights from EU telecom and vertical industries and renowned research organisations, the majority of which participate in 24 out of the 43 5G-PPP projects and in several 5G-PPP Working Groups.
The 5G-SOLUTIONS main project objective is to conduct advanced field trials of innovative and thematically diverse digital services that require 5G capabilities and performance in the vertical domains of Factories of the Future, Smart Energy, Smart Cities, Smart Ports and Media & Entertainment, directly engaging with end-user actors, so as to validate the technological performance of 5G technology in successfully serving them, as well as validate the business models and potential of these use cases prior to commercial deployment.
The main project’s aim will be realized through 6 key interdisciplinary objectives, as listed below, that are designed to address the specific technical and societal challenges regarding innovation, dissemination and sustainable business models:
Objective 1: Innovation with vertical industry expert users:
To develop realistic, advanced and business relevant innovative use case scenarios in five key vertical industries.
Objective 2: Technology development and readiness:
To interface with key ICT-17 facilities and develop the technological enablers for the validation of the use cases.
Objective 3: Technological validation:
To demonstrate the potential and the user value of advanced 5G solutions through extensive technological validation in field trials directly involving end-users in Living Labs (LLs).
Objective 4: Business validation and innovation:
To develop and validate the business models of the use cases in 5G-SOLUTIONS LLs, whilst ensuring long-term social acceptance and economic sustainability, extending beyond the lifespan of the project through a joint commercialisation plan.
Objective 5: Contribution to standardisation, open source and communities:
To provide significant contribution to relevant 5G standardisation bodies, to relevant open source communities, to relevant industry standardisation and user/technology communities.
Objective 6: Dissemination and outreach:
To disseminate and exploit the project’s results, to maximise the project’s visibility and facilitate dissemination and communication activities, and to contribute to the objectives of the European 5G-PPP Programme.
Martin Tolan, TSSG