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5G-PPP Steering Board & Technology Board Meeting F2F [5-6 October 2022]

5-6 October 2022, Athens (Greece)

5G-PPP Steering Board f2f Meeting

5G-PPP Technology Board f2f Meeting

5G-IANA partners ICCS, UBITECH, and NEXTWORKS will participate in the 5G-PPP Steering Board and Technology Board meetings that will be held in Athens on 5th and 6th October, respectively.

ICCS, our project coordinator, is supporting the organisation of the two NetApps sessions that will take place during the Technology Board meeting. In the context of these sessions, interesting cross-ICT-41 discussions will be made regarding the NetApps recently released White Paper, a NetApp uniform definition, common marketplace, standardization aspects, and reachability to third parties, among others.

Furthermore, during the first NetApps session on 6th October, 5G-IANA partner NEXTWORKS will perform a joint presentation with VITAL-5G project: “NetApps modelling for automated orchestration and experimental validation of 5G-enabled services in the Transport & Logistics domain”.

2022-09-30T09:51:52+00:00Categories: Events|

IEEE Future Networks World Forum (FNWF’22) – Symposium on 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility [12-14 October 2022]

12-14 October 2022, Montreal (Canada)


The 2022 IEEE Future Networks World Forum (formerly 5G World Forum) aims to bring experts from industry, academia, and research to exchange their vision as well as their achieved advances towards future networks of 5G and beyond and encourage innovative cross-domain studies, research, early deployment and large-scale pilot showcases that address the challenges of future networks.

The 2022 IEEE Future Networks World Forum (FNWF’22), will take place as a hybrid event based in Montreal, Canada, between 12th and 14th October 2022. The event seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate future networks technologies and applications for the benefit of society.


This first IEEE FNWF 5G for CAM conference will bring together researchers, implementers and planners in the area of CAM, to share their experiences and present results with a view towards large-scale deployment.

5G-IANA will participate in this Symposium, co-chaired by our Project Officer Jorge Pereira, where we will present the paper “5G-IANA platform: Bringing far-edge resources and ML potential to the disposal of automotive third parties”.

2022-09-26T08:42:09+00:00Categories: Events|

TRA Conference – Lisbon [14-17 November 2022]

14-17 November 2022, Lisbon (Portugal) 

Portugal is hosting the 2022 edition of the Transport Research Arena, TRA, Europe’s largest mobility and transport research and technology conference.

Under the theme “Moving together, reimagining mobility worldwide”, TRA 2022 will focus on innovative solutions for the global transport sector.

Taking place at the CCL (Lisbon Congress Center), from November 14th to 17th, TRA will bring together leading national and international experts to debate the present and future of mobility. On the agenda there will be four major themes: intelligent solutions and society; green mobility and decarbonization; innovative infrastructures for Europe 2030; policies and economics for a competitive Europe.

5G-IANA will participate with a video at the European Commission stand.

TRA 2022 is organized by NAI (National Innovation Agency) IMT (Institute for Mobility and Transport), CES (Consortium of Engineering Schools), NLCE (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering), and Magellan European Affairs Association. It is co-organized in partnership with the European Commission and in collaboration with the technological platforms and European associations ACARE, ALICE, CEDR, ECTP, ERTRAC, ERRAC, ETRA and WATERBORNE.

2022-09-22T12:58:59+00:00Categories: Events|

Service-driven orchestration of far edge resources to support advanced Automotive applications

5G technologies are becoming of primary importance to boost the Automotive market segment, where new advanced 5G-powered services can be introduced by third parties/SMEs that would like to exploit network performances together with end-to-end automations for such services’ provisioning. Indeed, network slicing, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and dynamic orchestration of resources are recognized as important platforms’ capabilities to enable the automated deployment of Vertical services on top of 5G-enabled infrastructure.

In particular, MEC is one of the most important technical aspects to be considered in Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) use cases, especially concerning strict performance requirements in terms of low latency and high reliability. Through the adoption of MEC, computing and storage resources can be moved out of the remote cloud and closer to end-users and data sources to meet the desired QoS requirements. Indeed, V2X use cases may bring different requirements, e.g., vehicle movement and hazard notification services are usually latency demanding, while infotainment and AR/VR services require high Uplink (UL)/Downlink (DL) throughput. One of the major challenges consists in how services running in the MEC should be designed to achieve the expected performances. The functionalities of the target service that require processing at the edge should be identified to enable a near-real-time exchange of information with the User Equipment (UE). Moreover, V2X use cases highly influences edge computing architectures due to the complex nature of targeted scenarios, where multiple vehicles, from different manufacturers, and other devices (e.g., sensors, actuators, smartphones etc.) should coexist and connect to the same infrastructure.

With respect to previous architectures, edge computing introduces a shift towards three-tier deployments, where UEs (i.e., client-side components) are expected to communicate with Application and Network Functions (AFs/NFs), i.e., service components, potentially distributed across edge and central cloud locations. In beyond 5G networks, a further challenge that 5G-IANA aims to address consists in extending the deployment of AFs/NFs to the UE side, which in V2X use cases means the integration of orchestration-enabled On-Board Units (OBUs) and Road-Side Units (RSUs) (see Figure). According to ETSI MEC002 [], on one hand, the possibility of executing AFs/NFs on top of OBUs brings an enhanced contextual awareness by exploiting radio network, location, and/or other information relevant to the changing environment during journey time. On the other hand, the fluctuation of connectivity conditions together with its possibly limited compute resources (i.e., processing, memory and storage capabilities) may impact the efficient management and orchestration of such AFs/NFs.


Figure 1: Form a three-tier deployment (client-edge-remote cloud) towards the orchestration of AFs/NFs on the client side

The solution adopted in 5G-IANA foresees the integration of Kubernetes as lightweight orchestration framework on top of OBU/RSU hosts. The 5G-IANA Automotive Open Experimental Platform (AOEP) coordinates the Lifecycle Management (LCM) of AFs/NFs deployed at the OBU/RSU’s Kubernetes cluster, facilitating the deployment of more extensive service-chains across multiple edge and far-edge locations. With respect to the potential discontinuity of mobile connectivity, 5G-IANA investigates different mitigation solutions: i) the execution of graceful roll-back procedures in case of LCM operation failures due to a connectivity issue, ii) the forwarding of notifications through the vehicle Human Machine Interface (HMI) for taking over the control of the vehicle, e.g., in case of vehicle movement services, and iii) the design of distributed service-chain to have potentially independent sub-chains running on top of OBUs/RSUs, then for which is not mandatory to exchange data with service components running at the edge and/or central cloud. In addition, the AOEP executes a service-driven selection of OBUs and RSUs. The platform will provide a subscription functionality to create a data base of registered OBUs and RSUs that can be used to execute AFs/NFs. At the same time, a continuous resource discovery is applied to determine which OBUs are currently available in a given coverage area to perform LCM operations. The selection of OBUs and RSUs can be performed taking into account various parameters, including the ones specified by the Service Provider, e.g., the expected coverage area, for which the vehicle trajectory should be considered, and/or host-specific capabilities like the availability of data-sets for training/profiling, availability of connected sensors/actuators etc.


Author: Francesca Moscatelli.                         


2022-09-13T08:12:44+00:00Categories: Blog|

5G-IANA at the IEEE MeditCom 2022

The Second IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking (MeditCom) is taking place from 5-8 September 2022 in Athens, Greece.

5G-IANA project is taking part on this event represented by ICCS members Dr. Konstantinos Katsaros and Dr. Eirini Liotou.

During the Workshop Session “NetApp Platforms into Beyond 5G and 6G Networks” held on Monday 5 September, Dr. Katsaros presented the definition and concept of a NetApp from a 5G-IANA perspective. Some very interesting discussions took place during this Workshop specially with the representatives from other ICT-41 projects (5GASP, EVOLVED-5G, 5G-ERA, Smart5Grid, etc.), leading to some interesting ideas for fruitful collaborations in the upcoming period.

The event will be taking place until tomorrow. You can find the programme and all related information on their website here.

2022-09-07T10:17:03+00:00Categories: News|

5G-IANA Zenodo Community

The 5G-IANA Zenodo Community has been created in month 14 of the project. The site is available here. 

The scope of this community is to make freely available and under open access status all public deliverablesscientific publications and publicly available results of the 5G-IANA H2020 Project. The first items have been uploaded on this community where all the dissemination material produced up to date has been published: conference papers already published, the project’s Newsletters, and communication materials.

This community will be regularly updated with new content throughout the lifetime of the project.


2022-09-23T12:12:29+00:00Categories: News|

ViSNext 2022 [6-9 December 2022]

ViSNext 2022 – the 2nd ACM CoNEXT Workshop on Design, Deployment, and Evaluation of Network-assisted Video Streaming – will take place from 6th to 9th December 2022 in Rome, Italy.

Eirini Liotou, Deputy Project Coordinator of 5G-IANA, will be co-chairing this event. Furthermore, the Professor of Computer Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Amr Rizk, also a member of the 5G-IANA project, will be delivering the keynote speech titled “Live Video Streaming through the ML Lens”.

This workshop is organised by The Christian Doppler laboratory ATHENA (AdapTive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked MultimediA Services) and the call for papers is now open.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission: Sep. 17th, 2022.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Oct. 18th, 2022.
  • Camera-ready: Oct. 25th, 2022.
  • Workshop Date: Dec. 9th, 2022.

More information about this workshop is available on the event’s website.

2022-09-23T07:43:41+00:00Categories: Events|

IEEE MeditCom 2022 [5-8 September 2022]

The Second IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking (MeditCom) will take place from 5-8 September 2022 in Athens, Greece.

IEEE MeditCom will bring together visionaries in academia, research labs and industry from all over the world to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with a program that will address many of the outstanding challenges that exist in the areas of communications and networking.

The 5G-IANA project will participate in the workshop “NetApps into Beyond 5G and 6G Networks”. This workshop will take place on September 5th, during two sessions on the topic of “NetApp Platforms into Beyond 5G and 6G Networks” between 14:00-17:30.  Konstantinos Katsaros from ICCS will represent 5G-IANA and give a presentation during Workshop Session I.

The full programme of the Conference is available here.

IEEE MeditCom will be a hybrid event so do not miss the opportunity to register here!

All information about this event is available on their website.

2022-09-23T07:52:26+00:00Categories: Events|

5G backed Situational Awareness for improved road tunnel safety

We all recognize a road tunnel as an elegant way for passing mountain massifs, an underwater passage or anything similar. Next to many advantages tunnels are providing, there are also a couple of drawbacks related to tunnels – safety is one of the most crucial in that context. Due to the fact the tunnel is a tube-shaped structure that can extend for several kilometres in distance (e.g., Laerdal Tunnel in Norway – 24,5 km, St Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland – 16,9 km), we may assume that in case of an accident inside the tunnel, it would be difficult for people to evacuate, and it would be also difficult for the rescuers to reach the point of the accident. As well, closed structure of the tunnel would be problematic in case of fire, i.e., limited possibilities for removing smoke and heat may cause quick increase of the temperature inside the tunnel causing further implications. In fact, fire has been involved in most of the major tunnel accident in Europe [1]: Mont Blanc (fire in year 1999 caused 39 fatalities), Tauern (collision and fire in year 1999 caused 12 fatalities), St Gotthard (collision and fire in year 2001 caused 11 fatalities), etc.

In modern road tunnels, safety issues have been addressed by using multiple active and passive safety systems. Tunnels are equipped by various sensors (e.g., smoke and flame detectors, temperature sensors, CO sensors, visibility sensors, etc.), video surveillance systems, air ventilation, fire hydrants, fire doors and service/evacuation corridors, etc. Data collected by various sensors and video surveillance serve as a data input for other tunnel systems and, as most important, for maintaining stable traffic conditions with the help of (smart) traffic signalization.

Although currently available systems described above already provide high level of safety, 5G can provide further improvements. Based on the 3GPP V2X standards, one of the main benefits would be collecting additional data – as of today most data collected in the tunnel come from sensors installed in the tunnel, while data sent by cars (e.g., V2X) and potentially also from the individuals can improve insight into the situation in the tunnel, being in normal conditions or in case of an accident (see also 5G-IANA blog post https://www.5g-iana.eu/2022/03/11/role-of-5g-networks-in-vehicle-to-infrastructure-telecommunications/ on 5G and V2X communications). Next to this, 5G as a global standard supporting industry requirements, enables applying many functionalities in standardized way (cyber security, distributed cloud-edge architecture, network automation, AI/ML, V2X, precise positioning, etc.) and enables unified data exchange among all stakeholders relevant to the tunnel security and safety, i.e., tunnel operator, traffic control centre, Police, fire-fighters, ambulance, Civil Protection especially in case they are located cross-border. Today, data exchange among various stakeholders still remains an issue. In particular, data exchange among Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) services is recognized and addressed as a major issue on the EU level mainly due to the cross-border incompatibility of communication systems [2, 3].

For the tunnel operator, it is required to be aware of situation in the tunnel at any time – to detect anomalies as soon as possible and to act with the goal of minimizing the (potential) damage. The perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time and/or space is called a “Situational Awareness” [4], which is a critical, yet often elusive, foundation for successful decision-making we want to improve by introducing 5G and therefore extend collecting data and enable access to data for multiple stakeholders, including those located cross-border.

Some situations, however, require first responders’ units to intervene. E.g., in case of a traffic accident in the tunnel, alarm notification would be forwarded to the public-safety answering point, as well, other relevant data and video streams should be forwarded to first responders to help them create “situational awareness” and to effectively commence the intervention. When first responders leaving station building, the system may also start collecting certain data related to the first responders’ unit (e.g., location of vehicles, speed, vehicle diagnostics) in order to complement data related to the incident itself. “Situational awareness” is of great importance for the intervention planning from its very beginning until its completion. In the beginning, incident commander can decide how many rescuers, what kind of vehicles and how many vehicles should be dispatched and also whether additional units are required (e.g., cross-border units). During the rescue phase, the incident commander can observe how the rescuing is progressing, what operations should follow at certain time, and whether additional resources should be activated. Based on the situation, the incident commander also instructs tunnel control centre operator to commit certain action, e.g., stop the traffic through the tunnel, stop or increase air circulation in the tunnel, etc. When the intervention is over, data collected and stored can be later of great importance for the intervention analysis.


[1] Malmtorp J, Lundin J, Lundman, P, Vedin P. Safety in Road Tunnels – Safety Target Proposal. International  Journal  of  Applied  Science;  Vol.  2,  No.  3;  2019.

[2] Broadmap project, http://www.broadmap.eu/.

[3] Broadway project, https://www.broadway-info.eu/.

[4] Situation awareness, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situation_awareness.




2022-08-03T08:13:05+00:00Categories: Blog|

5G-IANA at the Connecting Europe Days 2022

The 5G-IANA project participated at this year’s edition of the CINEA Connecting Europe Days held last week in Lyon. The event, that took place on 28-30 June 2022 in the Centre de Congrès de Lyon, successfully hosted more than 2000 participants from 44 countries.

Politicians, industry stakeholders and representatives from the European Commission met to discuss recent developments in the transport and mobility fields as well as their role in contributing to the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.

The exhibition aimed to showcase the successes of CEF, TEN-T, Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and related EU funded programs that work towards developing transport infrastructure and research in Europe.

Among many other EU-funded projects that choose the event to showcase their work, 5G-IANA also took part with a project booth where our project coordinator, ICCS introduced the project, its concept and objectives to a large number of visitors.

2022-09-22T15:03:22+00:00Categories: News|
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