Interview in Netweek Magazine

EVOLVED-5G technical manager Dr. Harilaos Koumaras from NCSR Demokrtitos gave an interview at the Greek Netweek magazine (May issue) on 5G private networks and the business opportunities that are created for novel and innovative services, making also a special reference to 5G-PPP EVOLVED-5G Project that we are dealing with building the ecosystem that will accelerate this digital transformation for the SMEs and the interested stakeholders.

EVOLVED-5G 3GPP CAPIF Release 2.0

EVOLVED-5G announces the Second release (Release 2.0) of the 3GPP CAPIF Core Function, developed by project partners: Telefonica Spain
Telefonica and Fogus Innovations and Services. 

The APIs included in release 2.0 are:

  • CAPIF Events API
  • CAPIF Provider Management API
  • TLS Enabled
  • Minor bug fixes

You may find the code here:
https://github.com/EVOLVED-5G/CAPIF_API_Services/releases/tag/2.0

Interview in ADI Nouvelle-Aquitaine online magazine

Dr. Julien Castet from IMMERSION, EVOLVED-5G partner, gave an interview on ADI Nouvelle-Aquitaine online magazine (in French) giving insights about our project! You may access the article online here: https://www.adi-na.fr/actualites/immersion-aide-a-lintegration-de-la-5g-dans-les-industries.html

ERF2022 in Rotterdam

PAL Robotics represented EVOLVED-5G project in ERF2022 through a booth and demonstration. During this event, visitors had the chance to meet TIAGo robot and see how our project can lead the way towards industry 4.0. You may learn more about the event here: https://erf2022.eu/

“Network Programmability Framework for Vertical Applications in the Beyond 5G Era” Paper Presentation at EuCNC 2022

Harilaos Koumaras EVOLVED-5G technical manager presented the conference paper entitled “Network Programmability Framework for Vertical Applications in the Beyond 5G Era on June 9th 2022. Programmability in 5G Core (5GC) enables operators to open telecom network capabilities and services to third-party developers, allowing them to establish innovative network-aware vertical applications. This openness is materialized through the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA) that exposes the network intelligence to the vertical applications through standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Building upon the application empowerment that the programmable APIs can offer unleashing new business potentials, the ecosystem of Network Applications (NetApps) emerges to stand as a facilitating middle-ware between the network and applications. This study presents the architectural and implementation aspects of an open all-encompassing framework for NetApps considering their entire spanning from their development to their final publication in the market. The paper has been created by Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR Demokritos, Greece); Dimitris Tsolkas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece); Javier Garcia Rodrigo (Telefónica I+D, Spain); David Artuñedo Guillen (Telefónica, Spain); Bruno Garcia (University of Malaga, Spain); Ricardo Marco (Atos Spain, Spain); Apostolis K. Salkintzis (Motorola, Greece); Dimitrios Fragkos (National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD) & University of Peloponnese, Greece); Georgios Makropoulos (NCSR Demokritos, Greece); Fotini Setaki (COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A. Greece, Greece); Almudena Diaz Zayas and Pedro Merino (University of Malaga, Spain); Vaios Koumaras (INFOLYSiS P. C., Greece); Paula Encinar Sanz (Atos Spain, Spain); Yannis Karadimas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens & Maggioli Spa, Greece).

Offering the 3GPP Common API Framework as Microservice to Vertical Industries” Paper Presentation at EuCNC 2022

Alejandro Molina Sanchez from Telefonica presented the EVOLVED-5G conference paper entitled “Offering the 3GPP Common API Framework as Microservice to Vertical Industries” on June 9th 2022. The 3GPP Common API Framework (CAPIF) has been standardized to guarantee a unique reference model for API-based service provisioning in 3GPP systems. The great potential of such framework is currently revealed due to the need for interaction between vertical industries and mobile networks. Towards realizing the above-mentioned interaction, we describe key functional aspects of CAPIF by focusing on related functional entities and APIs. In addition, we implemented the CAPIF Core Function, i.e., the main entity of CAPIF, as an effort to set the basis for an ecosystem where developers from vertical industries can easily develop network-interacting applications. To facilitate any further contribution in the area, our CAPIF implementation follows the principles of microservice programming, and it is released (open source) together with a set of evaluation tests. The paper has been created by Alejandro Molina Sanchez (Telefónica I+D, Spain); Anastasios-Stavros Charismiadis and Dimitris Tsolkas (Fogus Innovations & Services, Greece); David Artuñedo Guillen (Telefónica, Spain); Javier Garcia Rodrigo (Telefónica I+D, Spain).

EVOLVED-5G’s NetApp for Verticals Session in EuCNC 2022

Harilaos Koumaras EVOLVED-5G technical manager presented the nature and the NetApp architecture of the EVOLVED-5G in the NetApp for Verticals Session of EuCNC 2022 on June 8, 2022. The session focused on discussing how NetApp empowers the verticals on-boarding on 5G and reinforce the fact that 5G is a platform and not a pipe. Different actors from diverse vertical domains will share their design and their interaction with the 5G platform owner. Through this session, we target to capture the take of the community on the level of interaction and trust that NetApp should support, the way services are provided to verticals, how NetApp simplifies the implementation and deployment of vertical systems at large scale etc.

NEFSim: An Open Experimentation Framework Utilizing 3GPP’s Exposure Services” Paper Presentation at EuCNC 2022

Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”) EVOLVED-5G’s Technical Manager presented the conference paper entitled “NEFSim: An Open Experimentation Framework Utilizing 3GPP’s Exposure Services” in the context of Session 8 of EUCNC 2022. Network Exposure Function (NEF) enables third-party application providers utilize the network capabilities and services that the 5G System offers. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) provides open standardized Application programming Interfaces (API) through NEF; however, a big gap appears in the market between mobile operators and service providers since no commercial solutions are available. In this context, the NEF’s standardized APIs offered by 3GPP are examined. As a result of this analysis an open-source simulator “NEFSim” is presented. NEFSim realizes the aspects of the NEF and enables application developers to experiment with the northbound APIs under a simulated, configurable environment. The paper has been created by Dimitrios Fragkos (National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD) & University of Peloponnese, Greece), Georgios Makropoulos, Anastasios Gogos and Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR Demokritos, Greece), Alexandros Kaloxylos (University of Peloponnese, Greece & The 5GIA, Belgium).

“Implementation and evaluation of the Multi-connection Tactile Internet Protocol and API”

EVOLVED-5G partners from UMA submitted a conference paper entitled “Implementation and evaluation of the Multi-connection Tactile Internet Protocol and API” in the Next-Generation Tactile Internet (FlexNGIA 2022) of IEEE Communications Society. In this paper you may learn about how tactile Internet defines applications for remotely controlling and manipulating critical devices that require perceived real-time operation with additional demanding requirements like reliability. These use cases with stringent requirements demand adequate transport protocols to take advantage of the underlying possibilities. Traditional transport-layer solutions like TCP and UDP are no longer sufficient, hence novel protocols are being developed to support these applications. In this paper, we present an implementation and evaluation of the Multi-connection Tactile Internet Protocol (MTIP), a transport layer proposal to support these communications. MTIP uses application and network status information to perform an intelligent selection of paths in order to improve reliability and latency. In our evaluations, we study how the different configurations of the MTIP algorithm affect this selection and we see a direct trade-off where, with more restrictive thresholds, MTIP can increase the packets received correctly at the cost of sending extra duplicate packets. You may learn more about the paper here: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1647527&dswid=7895. You may also find information about the event here: https://www.flexngia.net/workshop-flexngia-2022

“Towards Zero Touch Configuration of 5G Non-Public Networks for Time Sensitive Networking” Accepted paper

EVOLVED-5G partners from UMA submitted a journal paper entitled “Towards Zero Touch Configuration of 5G Non-Public Networks for Time Sensitive Networking ” in the IEEE Network Magazine (Volume: 36, Issue: 2) , Special issue: New Network Architectures, Protocols and Algorithms for the Time-Sensitive Applications. The paper was accepted and is available here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9785739

Briefly the scope of the paper is to express “the need to increase mobility and remove cables in industrial environments is pushing 5G as a valuable communication system to connect traditional deterministic Ethernet-based devices. One alternative is the adoption of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) standards over 5G Non-Public Networks (5G NPN) deployed in the company premises. This scenario presents several challenges, the most relevant being the configuration of the 5G part to provide latency, reliability and throughput balance suitable to ensure that all the TSN traffic can be delivered on time. Our research work addresses this problem from the perspective of automata learning. Our aim is to learn from the live network to build a smart controller that can dynamically predict and apply a suitable configuration of the 5G NPN to satisfy the requirements of the current TSN traffic. The article presents the main ideas of this novel approach.”

EVOLVED-5G announcement on CAFA tech’s website

CAFA Tech, EVOLVED-5G partner, announced the EVOLVED-5G project in their official website. In this announcement they share information about the nature of the project and their role. You may find the announcement here: https://www.cafatech.com/evolved-5g/

EVOLVED-5G Marketplace

The EVOLVED-5G marketplace is now available! You may find us online here: https://evolved5g-marketplace.evolved-5g.gr/. In this marketplace any interested stakeholder may find information about the EVOLVED-5G NetApps. Also EVOLVED-5G project gives the chance to any interested stakeholder to create its own NetApp and upload it to the marketplace. In case you might be interested, you can access the marketplace guide in the EVOLVED-5G YouTube channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j2vAIOhzJA

5G Applicability Seminar by UPV

On the 30th of May Universitat Politècnica de València organized a seminar entitled “5G Application”. This seminar included several presentations and demo sessions of EVOLVED-5G and 5G in general. In this seminar there was a special presentation for 5G programmability, about the EVOLVED-5G NetApps and the EVOLVED-5G framework by NCSR Demokritos partners. At this seminar INFOLYSiS and Immersion, SMEs of the project, had the chance to demonstrate their NetApps. The seminar started with a brief introduction about the the 5G connection.

Training videos recording by INFOLYSiS partner

During previous weeks, Nikolaos Vrionis from INFOLYSiS (EVOLVED-5G partner) visited the Universitat Politècnica de València UPV premises to record training videos about NetApps architecture and the EVOLVED-5G development process.

“5G programmability and development of Network Applications (NetApps)” Presentation

Dr Harilaos Koumaras from NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”, EVOLVED-5G’s technical manager took part and presented “5G programmability and development of Network Applications (NetApps)” in the 1st Open Annual Workshop on Future ICT organised by 8BELLS. on 25th of May. In this presentation our technical manager had the chance to present the NetApps of the project along with the architecture framework.

5G Forum 2022

EVOLVED-5G project, took part in the 5G FORUM 2022 through a dedicated special session entitled “EVOLVED-5G & 5G USE CASES INNOVATION”. In this special session organized by EVOLVED-5G on the fourth day of the forum on 12th of May three dedicated presentations took place. Telefonica and University of Malaga represented EVOLVED-5G with the presentations entitled ” “EVOLVED-5G CAPIF core function”, along with other 5G uses cases that TID is implementing also with UMA in Málaga.”, “EVOLVED-5G Netapp ecosystem, 5G programmability and the Netapp lifecycle” and “EVOLVED-5G agricultural use case and Netapp ” to demonstrate that EVOLVED-5G activities go even beyond i4.0.

Training videos recording by Harilaos Koumaras (EVOLVED-5G Technical Manager)

The EVOLVED-5G technical manager Dr. Harilaos Koumaras from NCSR “DEMOKRITOS” visited the Universitat Politècnica de València UPV premises on May to record training videos about NetApps and the EVOLVED-5G ecosystem. Stay Tuned for more!

EVOLVED-5G first technical tests

The University of Malaga and CAFA Tech teams conducted the first Technical Tests on the campus of the University of Malaga on April 26-28 2022. The aim was to test the connection of a CAFA Robot onboard 5G modem to 5G NSA (Non-Standalone) and SA (Stand-Alone) networks and 4K video streaming over 5G NSA and SA networks directly to the CAFA Video Safety Analysis Application (vApp) running on the University of Malaga platform. 4K video streaming worked over both the 5G NSA and the SA and a number of advances have also been made in the video analysis vApp deployment. You may learn more information here (attached pdf). You may also find the trials in the EVOLVED-5G YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VyKktkykek

EVOLVED-5G presentation by PAL Robotics in Advanced Factories 2022 Booth

At the ADVANCED FACTORIES 2022 congress that focuses on industry 4.0, PAL Robotcs, EVOLVED-5G partner, through their booth had the chance to introduce to visitors the projects that they participate. EVOLVED-5G Project was presented several times as it uses the TIAGo robot in the project with the aim to contribute towards the Industry 4.0. You may learn more about the event here: https://www.advancedfactories.com/en/af-show/

EVOLVED-5G Review preparation meeting in Madrid

For the first time, in the COVID-19 era EVOLVED-5G partners met face-to-face in Madrid for the review preparations. The meeting started on 10th of May and lasted two days (10-11 May 2022). The partners had the chance to talk about the progress of the project and work package related activities. Group photos were taken this time in the traditional way. At the first EVOLVED-5G face-to-face meeting the partners had the chance to test some opportunities of a Mixed Reality environment through the augmented reality headset of Immersion.

PAL Robotics booth in Advanced Factories 2022

EVOLVED-5G partner took place through a booth in the Advanced Factories 2022 on the 29-31 March 2022. Advanced Factories is the annual meeting of industry leaders. Since 2017, year after year, this event has established itself as the industrial trade show where the latest solutions on industrial automation systems, robotics, industrial software, artificial intelligence, artificial vision and virtual simulation solutions , Big Data, IoT, cybersecurity, Industrial Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and all technologies 4.0 associated with digital manufacturing are showcased. You may learn more about the event here: https://www.advancedfactories.com/en/af-show/

5G FORUM 2022

EVOLVED-5G project will take part in the 5G FORUM 2022 through a dedicated special session entitled “EVOLVED-5G & 5G USE CASES INNOVATION”. In this special session organized by EVOLVED-5G on the fourth day of the forum on 12th of May three dedicated presentations will take place.

David Antunedo from Telefonica will present the “EVOLVED-5G CAPIF core function”, along with other 5G uses cases that TID is implementing also with UMA in Málaga. Bruno Garcia from University of Malaga will present the “EVOLVED-5G Netapp ecosystem, 5G programmability and the NetApp lifecycle” and Almudena Diaz from University of Malaga will present the “EVOLVED-5G agricultural use case and Netapp ” to demonstrate that EVOLVED-5G activities go even beyond i4.0.

You may find the agenda here: https://www.5gforum.es/web/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022_5G_AGENDA_DIA-4_JUEVES-12-MAYO.pdf

You may access more information about the event here: https://www.5gforum.es/

EVOLVED-5G project in EuCNC & 6G Summit 2022!

The 2022 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds 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. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society and by the European Association for Signal Processing, and focuses on all aspects of telecommunications ranging from 5G deployment and mobile IoT to 6G exploration and future communications systems and networks, including experimentation and testbeds, and applications and services. It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 1 300 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss 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.The conference is intended to be held for in-person attendance, with remote attendance in a Hybrid mode; however, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference format may change, since safety and well-being of all conference participants is our top priority. The conference has a not-for-profit organisation, hence, registration fees are as low as possible and all surplus will be made available in grants. Best Papers and Booth Awards will be granted. Accepted and presented papers for regular sessions will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore and other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

EVOLVED-5G project will be represented through a presentation in the ICT-41 related session and with 3 different accepted papers. Stay tuned for more!

You may access more information about the event here: https://www.eucnc.eu/

EVOLVED-5G 5th GA meeting

The 5th EVOLVED-5G GA meeting took place virtually on 5-7 April. The partners met online and discussed all the about the progress of the project. The first day of the meeting the discussion was about technical status and validation and certification mechanisms. On the second day, the meeting continued with more work package activities. The meeting ended in the third and final day when partners discussed about communication, dissemination, community building activities and upcoming plans. Group photos from the consortium members were also taken in a rather virtual and remote way.

EVOLVED-5G Newsletter Issue 5

The EVOLVED-5G Newsletter issue #5 is now available! You may access it and learn all about the EVOLVED-5G activities for the January – March 2022 period. You may find it online here: