The 5G Transformer Project, a team member of the European Program H2020 of the 5G-PPP, aims to define and develop an innovative platform of 5G Mobile Transport Network intended to suport the vertical industries (mainly focusing on the low-latency communication-related needs) through flexible sharing and the federation of resources in multiple domains
Carlos III University of Madrid holds the coordination of the project. 18 partners form the Consortium and it includes:
Manufacturers and supliers of the Telecommunication Industry: NEC, Ericsson, Nokia, InterDigital.
Carriers: Orange, Telefónica.
Vertical industries: the investigation center CRF of the group FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), ATOS, Ayuntamiento de Madrid (SAMUR-Protección Civil).
SMEs: Nextworks, Mirantis.
Institutes of Research and Universities: b<>com, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, CTTC, Politecnico di Torino, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Eurecom, ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan).
Th project, which started last 1st of June 2017, will have a duration of 30 months. Among others, its main purpose is to explore the possibilities this new and emergent 5G mobile technology can offer, such as to the Samur-Proteccion Civil health emergency services. Not only of importance because of our participation, but also as a partner and final user.
The trials are scheduled to be in different placements around Europe during the course of the project in 2018 and 2019.
SAMUR-Protección Civil, in colaboration with the Subdirección General de Informática y Nuevas Tecnologías de la Dirección General de Emergencias y Protección Civil, has proposed a new use case to be developed and tested during the project, which consists of a “Smart T-Shirt”. It will be designed to save lives in case of a medical emergency thanks to 5G technology.
The “Smart T-Shirt” would measure the heart beat with help of some sensors which, in case of potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmia , would generate an automatic alert to a near ambulance, through a mobile phone using Bluetooth. At the same time, the mobile phone would send this warning to the closest hospital, without the need of going through a communications center, considerabily decreasing the response time in a critical situation of emergency.
This COMPASS Workshop is a result of merging the First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF) with The COntrol and Management of network slices for VERTicals (COMVERT) Workshop, creating this new COMPASS workshop, and is co-organized by the 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL projects.
The workshop was organized in two separated sessions, the first one focused on the 5G for Vertical Industries and the second one on the Fog and MEC integration. In the first session of the workshop the participants deep dived into different architectural designs aimed at optimally supporting the requirements of vertical industries in future 5G networks.
During the workshop, different contributions were made from 5G-TRANSFORMER. In the picture above, Thomas Deiss from NOKIA and WP3 leader of the 5G-TRANSFORMER project presented a paper focused on the Vertical Slicer component of the 5G-TRANSFORMER system architecture.
The 5G-TRANSFORMER 5GPPP project defines an SDN/NFV-based architecture using network slicing, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and federation as key concepts to meet vertical industries’ (eHealth, automotive, industry 4.0 and media) requirements in 5G mobile networks.
5G-TRANSFORMER is presented at MWC’18 in the booth of 5G IA (Hall7, Booth K17) and the booth of 4 project partners.
Barcelona, February 26, 2018 ̶ 5G-TRANSFORMER presents its latest results on future 5G mobile transport networks at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The aim of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture is to apply SDN/NFV techniques to transform current rigid mobile transport networks into the 5G dynamic mobile transport network managing networking and computing resources tailored to the specific needs of vertical industries, such as eHealth, automotive, media, and industry 4.0. In addition to SDN/NFV, network slicing, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and federation concepts are seen as key enablers to allow such transformation. 5G-TRANSFORMER defines three main architectural building blocks, which are: the Vertical Slicer (VS), for supporting the creation and management of slices to verticals; the Service Orchestrator (SO), for end-to-end service orchestration and federation of resources from multiple domains, and the Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP), acting as the underlying fronthaul and backhaul transport network.
5G-TRANSFORMER is well represented at MWC’18, since it is presented at the 5G IA booth (Hall 7, booth K17) and in the booths of several project partners, namely InterDigital (Hall 7, Booth C61), b<>com (Hall7, Booth H12), Mirantis (Hall 2, Meeting Room A39), and CTTC (CS20, Booth 34). A demonstration of the 5G-TRANSFORMER mobile transport platform inheriting 5G-Crosshaul concepts is presented at the CTTC booth. In particular, it is shown how, with open APIs, it is possible to dynamically create end-to-end network paths in the order of seconds, as opposed to today’s network operators´ practice, which is in the order of days.
5G-TRANSFORMER (http://5g-transformer.eu/) is a H2020 5G-PPP phase-2 project, leveraging on the solutions developed in H2020 5G-PPP phase-1 projects, such as 5G-Crosshaul and 5GEx. 5G-TRANSFORMER is a 30-month research and innovation action and received EU funding of 7.9M€. It is carried out by a consortium of 18 partners, including vertical industries, manufacturers, network operators, service providers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), research centers and universities. The different skills and perspectives provided by the variety of partners ensure an effective design of such architecture for 5G mobile networks. Topics dealt with in the project cover directly or indirectly all eight core themes of MWC’18.
The work done by 5G-TRANSFORMER does not go unnoticed! The specialised media SDxCentral recently mentioned the project in one of their news pieces. The article analyses the top 5G developments in 2017 and 5G-TRANSFORMER gets highlighted as one of the groups working on network slicing.
You can read the whole article here (From Trials to Use Cases – The Top 5G Developments in 2017 by Sue Marek).
Arturo Azcorra, full professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Institute IMDEA Networks director and one of the leading European experts in the fifth generation of mobile communication networks (5G), had been invited by the 5G Office of the Ministry of Economy of Taiwan to participate in the 4th Taipei 5G Summit “The Power of New Radio & Edge Intelligence”.
Arturo Azcorra, 5G-TRANSFORMER coordinator, presented 5G-Crosshaul Architecture, a key element of the 5G architecture at a global level that has being developed in this European project and is the basis of two other European projects: 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL.
The guest speaker program places Dr. Azcorra with other world 5G communications experts such as Dr. Ali Sadri, Senior Director of Intel, Pearse O’Donohue, Acting Director of Future Networks at DG Connect and Luis Jorge Romero, Director of ETSI.
Arturo Azcorra has an important role in European decision-making bodies working on the design of advanced next generation communication systems. He is Chairman of the European Technology Platform NetWorld2020 Expert Group, Member of the Board and Member of the Vision Group within the Infrastructure Partnership 5G, Vice President of 5TONIC Lab and Director of IMDEA Networks. The Institute is an associate member of the 5G PPP, an association that Azcorra helped to found, having been a member of its board during its initial period (2013-2015).
The fourth edition of the Taipei 5G summit took place in Taiwan the 12th and 13th of September 2017, in conjunction with the 21st World Information Technology Congress (WCIT). The summit introduced the current global 5G status and the development on Edge Computing, by bringing in notable industry specialists to share their vision on Edge Intelligence and the roadmap to 5G. In addition to how edge computing and applications will be enhanced in the 5G era, there was a stimulating panel discussion on topics as Automotive applications, IIoT, 5G Access, and how 5G collaboration with European standard institutes can contribute to realizing Edge Intelligence.