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EuCNC & 6G Summit 2024

The 2024 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC, in its 33rd edition of a series, supported by the European Commission; the 6G Summit, in its 6th edition, 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 (ComSoc), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and supported by the European Commission. The conference addresses various aspects of Beyond 5G/6G communications systems and networks.  It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 700 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss the latest results, and an exhibition with more than 50 exhibitors, for demonstrating the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes. 

“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

“NetApps Enabling Application-Layer Analytics for Vertical IoT Industry” Journal Paper

The EVOLVED-5G journal paper by Lenovo partner (Emmanouil Pateromichelakis, Dimitrios Dimopoulos, Apostolis Salkintzis), entitled “NetApps Enabling Application-Layer Analytics for Vertical IoT Industry” was accepted in the IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, Volume 5, Issue: 4.
This article presents the concept of vertical application enablement which is a framework that enables the integration of vertical IoT apps within future mobile networks. The vertical application enablement provides a toolbox of value-add services, realized via so-called Network Applications (NetApps), that form an optimization and translation layer, which eases the interaction between vertical IoT apps and mobile networks. The importance of data management at the telco cloud platforms, and in particular the data collection and analytics enablement, necessitates a new category of NetApps which aims at supporting cross-domain integrated analytics to optimize end to end application performance, In this article, we review the various vertical application enablement frameworks, and we consider more specifically the NetApps that can be used to expose their services/capabilities. We also discuss the Application Data Analytics Enablement Services (ADAES) that can provide app-layer analytics services to vertical IoT apps, and we present its architecture, capabilities, and its current standardization status in 3GPP. In addition, we present an innovative implementation of analytics enablement through NetApps, which enables vertical IoT clients to select the best vertical IoT server instance, which is expected to provide the best performance.
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“The 6G Architecture Landscape – European perspective” White Paper

The 5GPPP Architecture WG released the white paper entitled “The 6G Architecture Landscape – European perspective”. You may find it online along with the EVOLVED-5G contributions here: https://5g-ppp.eu/white-papers/

This white paper summarizes the main findings from the European research landscape on the vision of the 6G architecture. Such a design vision is derived from around 45 projects starting from October 2020 in all relevant areas of 5G while paving the way towards 6G, within the 5G Public Private-Partnership (5G PPP) in the scope of the European Framework for Research and Innovation (the list of contributing projects can be obtained from the 5G PPP website at https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-ppp-phase-3-projects/.). At present, the European networking research community has started a new program along with 33 projects on the Smart Networks and Service (SNS) programme that will focus on 5G advanced and 6G. The 5G/B5G Architecture Working Group (WG), as part of the 5G PPP Initiative, is identifying and capturing novel trends and key technological enablers for the realization of the 5G and 6G architecture. The main findings and results of the Architecture WG are now captured in this white paper, which presents a consolidated view from European perspective on the technical directions for the architecture design in the 6G era.

The NetApps Certification Environment for 5G and beyond Vertical Ecosystems: The EVOLVED-5G Approach, Conference Paper at IEEE GLOBECOM 2022

The conference paper entitled “The NetApps Certification Environment for 5G and beyond Vertical Ecosystems: The EVOLVED-5G Approach” has been accepted in the IEEE GLOBECOM 2022.

Certification is the means to promote excellence through adherence to best practices, and ensure the appropriate security and transparency, in alignment to regulations set by the market and (various levels of) administrations. In the mobile telecommunications domain, certification for the radio equipment and user terminals has been a fundamental practice. With the 3GPP5G specifications, a novel core network (5GC) model comes to promote dynamic, open 5G services and enable network programmability through standard APIs unlocking the network intelligence to the vertical application needs. A consequence of this “openness” is the mandate for supplements in the established practices of the mobile network operators (MNOs) to include beyond device also software conformance and quality assessment certification. This study describes the work carried out by EU Horizon 2020 EVOLVED-5G project, to define the relevant certification framework for the NetApps, a novel concept introduced as an enabler for the 5G adoption from the vertical industries. The paper goes beyond the definition of the key constructs for the appropriate certification creation process, and explores the technical characteristics of the execution environment to support the certification auditing in an effective, automated and repeatable manner.

You may find the paper here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/10008597

“NetApp: Opening up 5G and beyond networks” White Paper

The 5GPP white paper entitled “NetApp: Opening up 5G and beyond networks” is now available! You may find it online along with EVOLVED-5G contributions here: https://5g-ppp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/5G-PPP-Software-Network-White-Paper-V9.pdf

As part of the 5G-PPP Initiative, the Software Network Working Group prepared this white paper to demystify the concept of the Network Applications. In fact, the Network Application ecosystem 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. Different implementations have been conducted by the different projects considering different API types and different level of trust between the verticals and the owner of 5G platforms.

“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.