Developing new use cases in robotics through EU projects

An article by PAL Robotics was released, showcasing the EVOLVED-5G’s scope and achievements. You may find it online here: https://blog.pal-robotics.com/new-case-studies-robotics-eu-projects/

Open Source Common API Framework (CAPIF)

Are you interested in the CAPIF Framework? Then you have to read the latest EVOLVED-5G article mentioning the capabilities of the CAPIF Framework. Find it online here: https://medium.com/@googler_ram/open-source-common-api-framework-capif-d83762f65563

5GPPP “Programmatic operation projects heritage and interactions” white paper

The 5GPPP “Programmatic operation projects heritage and interactions” white paper is now available! Access it and find about the EVOLVED-5G contributions. Find it online here: https://5g-ppp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/5GPPP_Heritage_Brochure2023_web.pdf

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme comprises 93 projects (listed in Section “Editors and Champions”) organized in three distinctive phases, namely specification, development and experimentation/pilots. Almost all PPP projects have now completed their work, with few remaining Phase 3 projects running until beginning of 2024. The 93 PPP projects achieved outstanding results and impact, as it has been regularly highlighted in the PPP Programme (https://5g-ppp.eu/) and the corresponding project websites. The PPP projects have created a plethora of advanced European telecommunication solutions. They also ensured an extremely high momentum and dynamism for the actual trials of these solutions as well as the further development of 5G systems on the road towards 6G networks, including 6G Smart Networks and Services (SNS) Joint Undertaking (JU). The broader context and overall panoramic perspective of the progress and achievements that the 5G Infrastructure PPP Programme has produced can be directly accessed on the PPP website, in the PPP Verticals Cartography, through specific White Papers and via the multiple webinars organized by the 5G PPP at the Programme and projects levels. Given the vast amount of work being carried out by the portfolio of 5G Infrastructure PPP projects, this PPP Projects Heritage Brochure and related Heritage Figure are summarizing the interconnections between the PPP projects under three specific categories: 1. Projects follow-up (captured in orange solid lines in the figure), 2. Components use/re-use (captured in light blue dashed lines in the figure) and 3. ICT-19 Verticals Pilots / ICT-17 Platforms use (captured in dark blue dashed lines in the figure). The work is consolidating and concluding the initial work achieved with the PPP Heritage Figure Version n°1 released in June 2020 (https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-ppp-heritage/) and that was one of the PPP “Reference” Figures, widely used to depict the Programmatic connections between projects.

EVOLVED-5G Accelerator Demo Day

EVOLVED-5G Accelerator Demo Day, took place on 16th of October. It was a very successful event with interesting presentations and panel discussions. In case you missed you may access the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukoTqm_N95I

“Innovation Trends in I4.0 enabled by 5G and Beyond Networks” White Paper

The 5GPPP White Paper entitled “Innovation Trends in I4.0 enabled by 5G and Beyond Networks” is now available! Access it and learn all about EVOLVED-5G contributions here: https://5g-ppp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Innovation-Trends-in-I4.0-enabled-by-5G-and-Beyond-Networks.pdf

First of all, this whitepaper provides a 360-degree perspective on I4.0 design principles, drivers and trends – most of them supported or even directly enabled by 5G-, that stems directly from the sustained and tight cooperation of major I4.0 leaders with key industrial and academic contributors to 5G development across a handful of research and innovation projects backed specifically by the EU 5G-PPP (5GPublic Private Partnership) programme. Secondly, a further step into segmenting, staging and assessing the applicability of 5G and beyond technologies for the short and mid-term challenges of I4.0 is taken, by giving directly the voice to the I4.0 stakeholders engaged in these 5G-PPP projects and, then, extracting from their inputs collective highlights that could serve as a compass for focusing new ecosystem-based initiatives and for drawing new research policies in the field. The survey (see Annex II) conducted by this joint initiative has polled on the competitive advantages, applications and areas of interest for the adoption of 5G in their plans, the expected adoption and transition timelines, the identification of critical 5G network services for their applications, the importance of human-machine collaboration, the investment model that best matches their industry needs, the key requirements and expectations for non-public 5G networks, and the requirements for security and privacy, having been answered by eleven distinct responders holding key responsibility in the I4.0 roadmap within their organizations. Thirdly, a glimpse into some key evolving and new disruptive technological aspects around 5G evolution to 6G (Sixth Generation), such as Deterministic Networking, Non-Public Networks and Digital Twining, that are already being addressed by – among other EU 6G IA (Industry Association) SNS (Smart Network and Services) projects- Predict6G project is included, with the ambition of stretching the line of sight of this report into longer term synergies between I4.0 with 5G. Finally, the report also tries to derive from the experience and learnings about the influence of ecosystem dynamics, regulation, exploitation and sustainability of results, and public research policies and programmes, an outlook into the future on the expected evolution in such aspects along with a few suggestions and recommendations that could facilitate the successful completion of the journey of adoption of 5G for I4.0.

“5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” Conference Paper

EVOLVED-5G conference paper entitled “5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” is now available!
Given the large amount of data usage and diverse business models in the current market, 5G and B5G networks are forecasted to manage and support a variety of new business solutions with respect to high-performance needs, while also allowing existing services to be enhanced and optimized. One effective way to accomplish this is by fully utilizing the network’s openness and programmability in terms of both business and technical level coordination. A cornerstone to the above mentioned premise is the implementation of the Network Exposure Function (NEF) interfaces that are required in order for NEF to expose the standardized APIs. In this context, the paper presents the concept of network exposure via a simulation tool that enables application developers to experiment with the northbound APIs under a simulated and configurable environment. Moreover, the required software that interacts with the exposed APIs, namely the Network Application, is introduced and validated on top of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) use case, which falls under the scope of the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 concept.

Find it online here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/10188241

GMI & Cosmote Demonstration

On 2nd of August, GMI demonstrated the AERO composites repair physical/digital twin network application at COSMOTE’s research labs. It was not just a leap into the future and a successful dissemination event of the EVOLVED-5G Project.

Special thanks to the GMI AERO team for bringing their impressive ANITA Hot Bonder for the demo from France, and to the FRONT group of NCSR “Demokritos” for their invaluable support for the implementation of the use case in our labs as part of the EVOLVED-5G Project platform validation activities.

EVOLVED-5G ACCELERATOR: VIRTUAL DEMO DAY

The EVOLVED-5G Accelerator, is a 5-month acceleration program organized by the EVOVED-5G Project (https://evolved-5g.eu/) and facilitated by Envolve Entrepreneurship (https://greece.envolveglobal.org). The Accelerator supported 24 SMEs and Startups from 12 different countries in the transformation of their products and services through targeted business workshops, coaching, and featuring case studies from the industry, adapting new digital technologies and 5G applications. On Monday, 16 October, 2023, at 11:00-15:00 CET, the EVOLVED-5G Accelerator Virtual Demo Day event will be held online and streamed live on EVOLVED-5G YouTube channel https://youtube.com/live/ukoTqm_N95I?feature=share.

The EVOLVED-5G Accelerator’s Virtual Demo Day, will feature 14 exceptional teams, selected from a total of 24 participants, who will pitch their business ventures. These teams were chosen based on their essential contribution to the acceleration program, their innovative ideas, and their dedication to the program. The teams pitching are Athleton Plus, Averato, Advanced Intelligent Robotics, BE-IN-G, COOP CAMPO, Cumucore, Digizone, Embneusys, HeadsApp, Ivoluntry, Knoddo, Link Robotics, ViZmerald, WAN-AI,

The Demo Day will feature panel discussions and guest speakers, including Alexandros Nousias, Director of Envolve Entrepreneurship, Javier Garcia Rodrigo, EU Portfolio and Contracts Manager at Telefonica, George Dimopoulos, Partner at Venture Friends VC, David Artuñedo Guillen, Future Networks Lab Manager at Telefonica, Harilaos Koumaras, Computer Science and Telecom Research Assistant Professor at NCSR Demokritos, George Makropoulos, R&D Telecom Engineer at NCSR Demokritos, Dimitris Tsolkas, Research and Development Manager at Fogus Innovations & Services P.C., Leon Gavalas, Founder of .bespot, Eirini Liotou, Electrical and Computer Engineer, Project Manager, Researcher at the Institute of Communication and Computer Science, Claire Visser, Innovation and Business Developer at TU Delft, Maria Gabriella Anagnostopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of Envolve, Konstantinos Kissas, Business Development Manager at Envolve, who will cover topics such as”Tech Investing: Trends & Opportunities”, “Network Applications: Challenges & Opportunities for SMEs” and “The Future of Business”.

The 14 teams will be evaluated by a 9-member jury, comprised of distinguished individuals, including Javier Garcia Rodrigo, EU Portfolio and Contracts Manager at Telefonica, Harilaos Koumaras, Computer Science and Telecom Research Assistant Professor at NCSR Demokritos, George Makropoulos, R&D Telecom Engineer at NCSR Demokritos, Dimitris Tsolkas, Research and Development Manager at Fogus Innovations & Services P.C., Vaios Koumaras, Managing Director at Infolysis P.C., Jaka Cijan, Co-Founder and Lead Developer of Internet Insitute, Ivano Manfredonia, Project Manager for Grants and R&I Activities at UM Autonomus Systems UNMANNED Life, George Kanterakis, Research & Innovation GMI AERO, and Eirini Liotou, Electrical and Computer Engineer, Project Manager, Researcher at the Institute of Communication and Computer Science, who will evaluate and provide valuable insights.

The event is organized by the EVOLVED-5G Project with the Community Partnership of 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA) and offers an excellent opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the EVOLVED-5G Accelerator and to learn more about its initiatives.

Through a capacity-building initiative, the EVOLVED-5G Project consortium offers comprehensive support to its 24 participants spanning across 12 different countries. This support includes training sessions, advanced business guidance, coaching on potential funding opportunities, technical expertise, and the facilitation of valuable business connections. The goal is to empower these ventures to thrive and expand their presence within the European Union. The EVOLVED-5G Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

What: EVOVLED-5G DEMO DAY

When: October 16, 2023 at 11:00 – 15:00 CET

Where: https://youtube.com/live/ukoTqm_N95I?feature=share 

Agenda & Speakers: https://www.linkedin.com/events/7113443961339285504/about/?originTrackingId=lIh78BALSu%2BOld0jOntiXw%3D%3D

IWAPS workshop 2023

IWAPS workshop was co-organised by EVOLVED-5G project. In this workshop (August 29 – September 01, 2023) the audience had the chance to find communication material of our project along with dedicated presentations by our partners! Special thanks to InQbit – The Q-Bit Innovation for coordinating this activity!
This workshop aims to strengthen security and privacy through research and relevant activities in the models and design of secure, privacy-preserving and trust architectures, investments in cyber-defense, data analyses, fusion platforms, protocols, algorithms, services, and applications for next generation systems and solutions. We especially encourage security and privacy solutions that employ innovative machine learning techniques to tackle the issues of inspecting large data volumes, cyberattacks, and variety problems that are systemic in IoT platforms, theoretical and practical challenges related to the design of privacy-preserving AI systems and algorithms and will have strong multidisciplinary components, including soliciting contributions about policy, legal issues, and societal impact of privacy and affect the cyber risk of the participating entities.

Progress Monitoring Report (PMR) for 2022 – August 2023

This document reports the progress achieved by the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP)1 during 2022. For reasons of completeness, the document briefly presents the overall 5G PPP framework (Annexes 1 & 2). It also analyses the activities that were performed under this framework either by the 5G Initiative (i.e., 5G PPP Projects, 5G PPP working groups, Steering and Technology Boards) or the 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6GIA) 2 , i.e., Verticals Engagement Task Force, 6G-IA working groups and specific activities. Detailed information can be found in Annexes 3 through 6. Furthermore, it presents the results for several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a) a common set of KPIs (i.e., mobilised private investments, new skills/job profiles, impact on the SMEs, Significant innovations), b) specific KPIs for the 5G PPP in terms of network performance, business and societal aspects and c) the contribution to 5G PPP Programme-level KPIs. Detailed information about this topic can also be found in Annexes 7 through 9. Finally, the document provides a qualitative analysis about the outlook and the lessons learnt and provides some recommendations about the workplan for the following years. Please note, that some of the reported information relates to data collected through specific Questionnaires. The current report contains some information taken from questionnaires released and processed during 2022.

EVOLVED-5G’s 10th Plenary Meeting

The 10th Plenary Meeting of EVOLVED-5G project took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was a 2-day (20-21 September 2023) meeting where partners had fruitful discussions about the work packages and the activities of the final period of our project. Partners had also the opportunity to take the traditional group photo!

Deliverable 3.3 “Implementations and integrations towards EVOLVED-5G framework realization”

This document contains information, which is proprietary to the EVOLVED-5G (“Experimentation and Validation Openness for Longterm evolution of VErtical inDustries in 5G era and beyond) Consortium that is subject to the rights and obligations and to the terms and conditions applicable to the Grant Agreement number: 101016608. The action of the EVOLVED-5G Consortium is funded by the European Commission. Neither this document nor the information contained herein shall be used, copied, duplicated, reproduced, modified, or communicated by any means to any third party, in whole or in parts, except with prior written consent of the EVOLVED-5G Consortium. In such case, an acknowledgement of the authors of the document and all applicable portions of the copyright notice must be clearly referenced. In the event of infringement, the consortium reserves the right to take any legal action it deems appropriate. This document reflects only the authors’ view and does not necessarily reflect the view of the European Commission. Neither the EVOLVED-5G Consortium as a whole, nor a certain party of the EVOLVED-5G Consortium warrant that the information contained in this document is suitable for use, nor that the use of the information is accurate or free from risk and accepts no liability for loss or damage suffered by any person using this information. The information in this document is provided as is and no guarantee or warranty is given that the information is fit for any particular purpose. The user thereof uses the information at its sole risk and liability. Find it online here: https://evolved-5g.eu/dissemination/deliverables/

“Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to strengthen knowledge exchange with the SNS community and collaboration” event

First “Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to strengthen knowledge exchange with the SNS community and collaboration” event.

📅 Date: Thursday, 5 October 2023, 14:00-16:00

📍 Location: online.

👉 The DIH aims to facilitate the digitalisation of the European industry in the context of the Digital Europe Programme. SCoDIHNet is the network of DIHs with expertise in the domain of Smart Connectivity (5G/6G, IoT, Security).

DIHs aim to develop the links between end users (industry) and technology providers, of which SNS JU projects are considered key sources. To this end, various initiatives are being developed focusing on replicability, mapping of technology providers and end-user requirements.

The replicability initiative aims to facilitate the reuse of use cases/solutions developed and experimented with by SNS projects by compiling them in a regularly updated catalogue and from which DIHs could pick up use cases and solutions which fit their customers.

📝 Register here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/RegistrationIAFADIH

Network Applications: Opening up 5G and Beyond networks, V2.0

The concept of “Network Applications” is introduced following this idea. It is defined as a set of services that provides certain functionalities to verticals and their associated use cases.

The Network Applications is more than the introduction of new vertical applications that have interaction capabilities. It refers to the need for a separate middleware layer to simplify the implementation and deployment of vertical systems on a large scale. Specifically, third parties or network operators can contribute to Network Applications, depending on the level of interaction and trust.

In practice, a Network Application uses the exposed APIs from the network and can either be integrated with (part of) a vertical application or expose its APIs (e.g., service APIs) for further consumption by vertical applications.

This paper builds on the findings of the white paper released in 2022. It targets to go into details about the implementations of the two major Network Applications class: “aaS” and hybrid models. It introduces the Network Applications marketplace and put the light on technological solution like CAMARA project, as part of the standard landscape.

Find it online here: https://zenodo.org/record/8134429

INFOLYSiS Final Tests

INFOLYSiS team performed final integration activities on July 17th in collaboration with NCSR “Demokritos” at the Demokritos premises in Athens 5G platform.

EVOLVED-5G newsletter #10

The latest EVOLVED-5G newsletter (#10) is now available! In this issue you may find all the activities for the April – June period. Access it online here: https://evolved-5g.eu/dissemination/newsletter/

“Smart networks and services – 5th and 6th generation technologies” event

Dimitris Fragkos and George Makropoulos from NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”​ presented 5G Programmable Networks and Exposure Capabilities and 5G programmability in the EVOLVED-5G ecosystem respectively during “Smart networks and services – 5th and 6th generation technologies” event in Athens.

European 5G Annual Journal of 2023

The European 5G Annual Journal of 2023 is out! The latest update of our project is available online on page 83! Find the Journal online here: https://bscw.5g-ppp.eu/pub/bscw.cgi/d532066/6GStart%20European%205G%20Annual%20Journal%202023-web.pdf

“Towards Continuously Programmable Networks” Book Chapter

The EVOLVED-5G book chapter entitled “Towards Continuously Programmable Networks” in the context of Towards Sustainable and Trustworthy 6G: Challenges, Enablers, and Architectural Design, book is now available! You may find it online here: https://www.nowpublishers.com/article/BookDetails/9781638282389

9th EVOLVED-5G plenary meeting

The 9th EVOLVED-5G plenary meeting took place on 20th and 21st of June, in London, hosted by Unmanned Life. More than 30 representatives took part at the meeting discussing about the recent status of the project. Also, in this meeting partners had the chance to set the pace for the final period of the project and the implementation of the final technical achievements. There was also time for the traditional group photo.

EuCNC & 6G Summit 2023

EVOLVED-5G was present at EuCNC & 6G Summit 2023! The 2023 EuCNC & 6G Summit built on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC (European Conference on Networks and Communications), supported by the European Commission, and the 6G Summit, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area. It brought together cutting-edge research and worldrenown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 1300 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, presented and discussed the latest results, and an exhibition with more than 70 exhibitors, for demonstrating the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes. EVOLVED-5G reserved a booth, presented accepted conference papers and introduced numerous visitors to the concept and the achievements of our project! Apart from the booth several other activities took place in the context of the conference.

The following list tentatively describes the activities, performed there:

  • “The 3GPP Common API Framework: Open-Source Release and Application Use Cases” Conference paper
  • “5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” Conference paper
  • “5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” paper presentation by George Makropoulos from NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”
  • “The 3GPP Common API Framework: Open-Source Release and Application Use Cases” paper presentation by Dimitris Tsolkas from Fogus Innovations
  • Pal Robotic’s Video Demo. Find it online here ➢ Telefonica’s Validation Pipeline flow demo video.
  • Overall’s project presentation used at booth.
  • Internet Institute’s live demo
  • EVOLVED-5G project material could also be found at the SNS booth of EuCNC & 6G Summit 2023.

Find the overview of the conference by the organization here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1yW5vo2w1M

“Digital Systems Security” Training Session

On Monday 3rd of July INQBIT partner the organised “Digital Systems Security” training session. The session took place online and in the context of Master Course on Cyber Security by University of Piraeus and more than 25 attendees were connected.

FOGUS Network Application

The Fogus Innovations 5G add-on application extends the capabilities of a Security Information and Event Management system to include 5G devices in the monitoring process. The application was successfully deployed and tested at Athens 5G platform in NCSR Demokritos campus by FOGUS and NCSRD partners on Thursday 23rd March 2023. Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zb6SHLP7Uk

Netweek online magazine interview

Harilaos Koumaras, EVOLVED-5G’s technical manager gave an interview (in Greek) at Greek Netweek Magazine about how 5G connectivity can boost industry 4.0.

DEFEA 2023

InQbit and INFOLYSiS partners were at DEFEA 2023 promoting our project with communication material! DEFEA took place on 9-11 May 2023, at Athens Metropolitan EXPO. DEFEA was addressed to several sectors such as defence and Security. At Defence Exhibition Athens top Greek defence industry manufacturers and the most important international companies presented the latest technologies and cutting-edge defense systems.

You may find out more here: https://defea.gr/