6G-Sandbox

The 6G-SANDBOX project brings a complete and modular facility for the European experimentation ecosystem (inline and under the directions set by SNS JU), which is expected to support for the next decade technology and research validation processes needed in the pathway towards 6G. The target is at technologies and research advances, that span over the entire service provisioning chain, and refer to user/data, control and management planes. In this direction, 6GSANDBOX introduces the concept of Trial Networks, which refers to fully configurable, manageable and controlled end-to-end networks, composed of both digital and physical nodes. The 6G-SANDBOX Trial Networks incorporate infrastructures distributed in EU (namely in Malaga, Athens, Berlin and Oulu) and offer to third parties (including experimenters from open calls) automated experimentation capabilities through a rich and extensible toolbox. Meant to create tangible and long-term impact, the 6G KPIs and KVIs that will be quantified with the facility, will be released to any interested party; while the set of developments and APIs that will be produced, will feed an open repository as an initial step to move the contributions and the lessons learned beyond the project boarders and define a European 6G library.

CENTRIC

CENTRIC proposes to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques through a top-down, modular approach to wireless connectivity that puts the users’ communication needs and environmental constraints at the center of the network stack design. It all starts with the users’ objectives and application-specific requirements. Then, AI techniques are used to create and customize tailor-made waveforms, transceivers, signaling, protocols and RRM procedures to support these requirements. This is the user-centric AI Air Interface (AI-AI) that CENTRIC will enable. To guarantee that CENTRIC’s AI-AI can be implemented in practice, we will also explore and develop innovative hardware computing substrates with realistic and AI-AI-compatible energy-efficiency properties. This includes novel electronics such as neuromorphic computing and mixed analog-digital platforms. CENTRIC will make this possible by advancing theory, algorithms, hardware co-design, and training and monitoring environments based on digital twins. We will focus on providing the desired quality of experience (QoE) to a given user, or type of users, while optimizing spectrum usage, minimizing energy consumption and guaranteeing EMF compliance. The results of CENTRIC will be validated and demonstrated in laboratory prototypes and its breakthroughs will enable future 6G use-cases, such as self-driving vehicles, the internet of nano bio-things, or multi-sensory holographic communications.

GUIDE

The GUIDE project will coordinate the development of the 5G Strategic Deployment Agendas (SDA) in the area of 5G for CAM and facilitate the CEF Digital 5G Corridors topic future project pipelines based on the evolution of the SDA. This will include the development of technology deployment roadmaps, cooperation models and best-practice regulatory approaches by combining the inputs of the CEF projects with the stakeholder views. The GUIDE project will capture and share the best practices of the 1st round of CEF 5G Corridors study and deployment projects to achieve common approaches leading to a consistent deployment across the EU.

The GUIDE project will also support progress monitoring on the deployment progress of the projects towards their goals and the goals of the CEF Digital 5G Corridors topic as a whole. This support will also be used to assist performance evaluation and to share solutions and support projects cooperation towards consistent and cost-effective implementations across the EU.

Through these actions, the GUIDE project will help to ensure coherence in the operation and collaborative working of the 5G Corridors topic of the CEF Digital program as a whole.

The Guide project is focused on activities within the first period of the CEF Digital work programme for projects running from early 2023 to early 2025. In close cooperation with the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) and the 5G Automotive Association (5G AAA), this action will support the overall stakeholder engagement (especially mobile network operators, operators deploying infrastructure and associated facilities such as tower companies, telecom backhaul operators, road operators, rail infrastructure managers, automotive manufacturers, and mobility service providers) and their networking.

The GUIDE project will provide some of the essential organisation and operational infrastructure that will allow the active CEF 5GCorridors project community to communicate and collaborate smoothly and efficiently, even when the number of running projects in the programme grows large.  The GUIDE project will do this in active collaborative with the other CEF Digital Coordination and support action, 5GINTEGRA, in order to ensure that consistent and complementary approaches to the community support and communications are achieved.

OPTI-6G

The OPTI-6G project develops a photonic near infrared (IR) cell-free 5G network, which does not suffer from interference because of the propagation characteristics of electro-magnetic waves in this part of the spectrum and provides universal broadband coverage within buildings from pervasively located optical wireless communication (OWC) access points.

The benefits of applying cell-free near IR networks in buildings are (1) multi-connectivity can be configured with cell-free network thereby improving link quality and reliability; (2) there is no longer the need for building owners to subdivide their non-public mobile in-building network into cellular areas; (3) building owners no longer need to seek to acquire frequency licence or ensure alignment with spectrum usage in the area since the system operates at the optical unlicensed bands; (4) interference between inside and outside access is managed by an artificial intelligence (AI) based distributed scheduler; (5) position and orientation of end user equipment can be measured very accurately.

OPTI-6G brings together a select multi-disciplinary team of research institutions and industries in a collaborative project to develop and demonstrate this vision. OPTI-6G will (i) Develop and showcase a proof of concept demonstrator at OLEDCOMM and RunEL; (ii) Verify position and orientation measurement precision improvement of end user equipment at University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and at Brunel University London.

 

PAROMA-MED

PAROMA-MED will develop, validate and evaluate a platform – based hybrid-cloud delivery framework for privacy and security- assured services and applications in federative cross-border environments. To this purpose, the project will develop new architectures, technologies, tools and services to support:

– automatic attestation of federation partners

– privacy- and security – by-design, integrating standard compliance and performance / QoS requirements into a policy framework
– consumers with their rights for opt-in / opt-out consent, portability and right to be forgotten requests, as well as transparency in access to their private-data.
– federative Identity and Access Management, based on Zero Trust principles, continuous risk assessment and on confidentiality, integrity and authenticity insurance
– privacy-preserving and trusted data – storage and – processing in federative environments
– flexible and secure access over the Internet to private-data and service resources
– AI / ML by-design, integrating platform services to be used by application developers for data-intensive applications
– Zero Touch deployment and automatic life-cycle management of services and applications
– managed Privacy and Security operations for automated policy enforcement and cyberthreat detection and mitigation

Efficiency and scalability will be ensured by the implementation of cloud-native solutions, while future adoption and further development is insured by open-source implementations. The project will validate and evaluate the PAROMA-MED framework by developing of a comprehensive Use Case with real users in the Healthcare sector. The project will create impact on the application- creation and delivery ecosystem (including standardization and legal stakeholders), on society and environment and manage the impact via dedicated activities and communication channels.

6GStart

The 6GStart prime objective is to facilitate the preparation activities of the European SNS Initiative, which will be contractually established in Q4 2021. This work will maintain the European momentum and leadership in 5G achieved through the 5G PPP to the 6G SNS Initiative. When the first phase of projects under the SNS initiative starts (end 2022/early 2023), the inter-project collaboration structures and mechanisms will be established and in place. As such, the action will ensure early implementation of the new SNS institutionalised European partnership and the programmatic organisation across SNS project’s coordination.

The second major 6GStart objective is to orchestrate, capture and promote the achievements of the new 6G SNS initiative and the ongoing 5G PPP by facilitating its activities in the inter-project working groups and maintaining the links to the NetworldEurope community and the 5G IA membership.

The 6GStart project will provide programme coordination, shared information spaces and increased stakeholder involvement by building on the strengths and assets of the platforms and communities established through the ongoing 5G PPP work. In this way, it will bring active communications network technologies and systems players, and novel relevant sector players into the new Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) thereby allowing 6GStart to build on the work done to date to give Europe a leading role in the definition, provision, and exploitation of 6G by 2030.

SNS ICE

The project will create a collaborative environment for European and global stakeholders involved in the preparation of 6G smart networks and services. It will be the instrument to present, leverage, and position the SNS JU activities and achievements in major European and global fora. The project will work at a global level with other regions, where 6G activities are planned and ongoing. This will create an environment to promote SNS JU results and achievements, and exchange trends and ideas to achieve global consensus. Key standardization activities will be also monitored, and main roadmaps and trends will be communicated back to the SNS JU projects.

The project will also establish dialogues at a European level between peer Horizon Europe Partnerships, national initiatives, research and development clusters, etc., targeting the exchange of information, plans and priorities. This will enable a better understanding of the European activities among the involved stakeholders and will potentially enable a better alignment of their plans.

Additionally, SNS ICE will also be engaged in dialogues with key vertical industries through well-established associations, to identify their requirements and promote the SNS JU solutions to them. This exchange of ideas will create opportunities for tailor-cut 6G solutions and their early adoption by the vertical industries.

All these activities are expected to contribute significantly to securing Europe’s leading role in the definition, provision, and exploitation of 6G solutions.

SNS ICE is planning to organize dedicated workshops with the abovementioned groups of stakeholders at main international events, most notably Techritory and EuCNC. It will also provide several presentations at international and European conferences and events. The outcomes of these results will be communicated to the SNS JU community assisting the research and innovation activities to be fully aware of the global 6G progress.

SNS OPS

Supporting the operations of the 6G Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking.
The SNS OPS project is devoted to supporting the SNS JU Operations. The planned work is to facilitate the activities
of the European SNS Initiative, as outlined in the SNS contractual partnership.
This includes:
• Support for the Smart Networks Services (SNS) institutionalised European partnership and the related programmatic
organisation through cross SNS projects coordination.
• Organisation of the SNS as a coherent programme with clear links to the 6G Infrastructure Association and the EC via
the partnership board and the JU Office and their strategic policies.
• Maximised output and exploitation of SNS project results in key domains (e.g., standardisation, spectrum) through
managed cooperation between projects on horizontal issues.
• Inter JU coordination and joint actions.
The SNS OPS project will also orchestrate and organise strategic activities to capture and promote the European view
on 6G, the achievements of the 6G SNS and will start the process of monitoring the development and impact of these
results on the evolution of 6G in Europe over the period of life of the 6G SNS initiative.
This work will also look to the future and consider what additional actions are necessary to maintain the European
momentum and leadership in 6G and facilitate the uptake of 6G by the European vertical sectors.
During the life of the SNS OPS project, the SNS JU will be launching and expanding its first phase activities and
preparing for subsequent phases.