Edge Robotics

Factory work with remotely’controled robots is already a reality which will progresively change and facilitate this kind of work as we now know it. All this, thanks to 5G.


This following demo shown below represents on a video  the value chain generated by an Edge Robotics vertical that provides its services to a Manufacturer vertical. All the process is accomplished using a slice of the network provided by the operator that includes Edge devices. By means of virtualization technologies the Operator supplies networking and computing capabilities at the edge of the network. As it is seen, everything is remote and secure.

The following document is a visual schematic that explains the process.

Edge Assisted Robotics Trial

This work has been performed by UC3M and IMDEA Networks researchers collaborating in the projects 5G-CORAL(Grant 761585), 5G-TRANSFORMER (Grant 761536) and 5GEx (Grant 671636). All of these projects are under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The video was shot at the 5G innovation lab 5TONIC (headquartered at IMDEA Networks) where the three projects have regularly performed tests, experiments and demonstrations of the 5G technologies under their study.

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IEEE 5G Summit in Tanger

Last 20th June, Dr. Xavier Costa, head of 5G Networks R&D, NEC Europe, attended IEEE 5G Summit in Tanger. His talk involving the 5G Transformer Project was called “5G Networks for Industry Verticals”. Further information about the event can be found here.

Xavier Costa-Pérez is Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security & Networking R&D Division at NEC Laboratories Europe. His team contributes to products roadmap evolution as well as to European Commission R&D collaborative projects and received several awards for successful technology transfers. In addition, the team contributes to related standardization bodies: 3GPP, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, IETF and OPNFV. Xavier is a 5GPPP Technology Board member and the Technical Manager of the 5G-Transformer project. He has served on the Program Committees of several conferences (including IEEE Greencom, WCNC, and INFOCOM), published at top research venues and holds several patents.  More information can be found on his webpage.

5G-TRANSFORMER network slicing at the IEEE NetSoft 2018 Conference

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project was present in the last IEEE NetSoft 2018 Conference, held in Montreal (Canada) during the last week of June. Alex Galis, from University College London (UK), and Kiran Makhijani, from Future Networks Huawei Technologies (USA) gave a half-day tutorial entitled “Network Slicing Landscape: A holistic architectural approach, orchestration and management with applicability in mobile and fixed networks and clouds”. In this tutorial, they made a review of research projects related with network and cloud slicing where they presented the architectural approach proposed by the 5G-TRANSFORMER project.


IEEE NetSoft 2018 is a conference where researchers and the scientific community join to shed light on enabling technology components and systems in support of future softwarized networks. The technical program of NetSoft 2018 featured 4 keynote talks delivered by world-class researchers and practitioners, a distinguished experts panel discussion, 10 paper presentation sessions and 3 demo sessions showcasing prototypes and proof-of-concept implementations of ongoing research. Four focused workshops and 4 practical tutorials complemented the programe.

New deliverables available

Last week, the EuCNC 2018 took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 5G Transformer project, along with the 5G Coral and 5G Ex projects presented their technical demonstrations of project results in a joint booth. Being one of the dissemination goals of the project to present these results in relevant events, the deliverable D6.3  “Demonstrations at EUCNC’18 or equivalent” explains briefly all the demonstration activities that had been carried out during EuCNC. It also gathers the social media-related metrics of that period as well as other relevant information, like the number of visitors the booth had. The document is available for download here.

D7.3 “First periodic report of the project” constitutes the nonfinancial part of the Periodic Report to be delivered two months after the end of the period (M15), this is, it  presents the Part B of the First Periodic Report that will be delivered before 28th of August 2018. It mainly includes the information of the scientific work carried out between 1st of June 2017 and 30th of June 2018.
This document includes the Publishable Summary, patents and dissemination activities that will be completed in the Participant Portal too, a description of the technical work carried out by beneficiaries and overview of the progress in the first 13 months of the project, including the objectives, the work performed by work package, the deliverables and milestones, the impact and finally the deviations of the project. The document is available for download here

European Commission visited the 5G-TRANSFORMER booth

During EuCNC 2018, at the exhibition area, 5G TRANSFORMER had the opportunity to meet at the booth, three European Commission Representatives from DG Connect area. They were Bernard Barani (Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission), Pavlos FOURNOGERAKIS (Programme Officer at Network Technologies, DG CONNECT, European Commission) and Didier Arnaud Bourse (Director, European R&I Programs at Nokia). There, the project partners showed and explained demos, videos and posters exhibited at the booth. 

There, Mr. Arturo Azcorra, 5G TRANSFORMER project coordinator, explained to these European Commission representatives the main results obtained in first year of life of this 5G PPP Project and other colleagues showed the available videos and demos. 

The 5G TRANSFORMER was sharing a booth together with 5G CORAL and 5G Ex projects. The demos were from these 3 different projects which are collaborating together in the area of multi-domain, multi-provider orchestration of services and resources in cloud, edge and fog environments. They are of great importance to Europe and they are part of the 5G PPP iniciative. 

All in all, the EuCNC 2018 was a big success. Don’t forget to check out the following media:

5G-TRANSFORMER presence at EuCNC 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

The 27th edition of The European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2018 is taking place from 18th to 21st of June in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This event is part of a series of technical conferences in the field of telecommunications, sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and EURASIP; and financially supported by the European Commission.

The event is focusing on communication networks and systems, services and applications. It brings together a vast community of researchers from all over the world to present their latest research results, being one of the main venues for showcasing demos and trials of research projects results, especially European R&D programmes.

5G-TRANSFORMER, in collaboration with other 5G PPP projects, is playing an active role at this important event. The partners of 5G-TRANSFORMER consortium are taking part in different activities, making important contributions and strengthening collaboration with other EU Horizon2020 5G-PPP Phase 2 projects.

General programme

EuCNC Workshops

5G-TRANSFORMER in collaboration with other 5G PPP projects participating in the Software Networks working group is involved in the organization of the following Workshops:

Workshop 2 entitled: From cloud ready to cloud native transformation: What it means and Why it matters

We participated at the Session 2 with Cloud native for vertical services, presented by Thomas Deiss (NOKIA, DE)

Workshop 3 entitled: Multi-provider, multi-vendor, multi-player orchestration: from distributed cloud to edge and fog environments in 5G

5G-TRANSFORMER project coordinator, Dr. Arturo Azcorra and Dr. Carlos Bernardos in cooperation with Dr. Antonio de la Oliva, all from the UC3M, led session 1 and introduced 5G-TRANSFORMER: enabling multi-domain network slicing at the mobile transport for verticals.

Arturo Azcorra, 5G-TRANSFORMER project Coordinator, introducing the Workshop 3, co-organized in cooperation with other 5GPPP projects.

Special Sessions

5G-TRANSFORMER participated at the Special Session 5, entitled 5G Architecture towards Verticals

5G is the first generation of mobile networks that is by design addressing the wide range of needs of the vertical industries. 5G offers unlimited mobile broadband experience, provides massive connectivity for everything from human held smart devices to sensors and machines, and most importantly, it has the ability to support critical machine communication with instant action and ultra-high reliability.

The first 5G specifications are available with 3GPP Rel.15, but further enhancements and optimization are needed to design a 5G System that meets the requirements from the vertical industries. In this special session, pitches from vertical industries, operators and vendors were collected to trigger a panel discussion on the above aspects.

In this special session from 5G TRANSFORMER project participated Diego López (Telefónica), José Enrique González (Atos), Thomas Deiss (Nokia) and Carlos Bernardos (UC3M).

EuCNC Exhibition & Booth

From June 19 to 21 at EuCNC2018, 5G-TRANSFORMER showcased its results in a joint booth with 5G Coral and 5G Ex (Booth # 2). This exhibition booth showed demos from these 3 different projects, which are collaborating in the area of multi-domain, multi-provider orchestration of services and resources in cloud, edge and fog environments.

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project aims to transform today’s mobile transport network into an SDN/NFV-based Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP), which brings the “Network Slicing” paradigm into mobile transport networks by provisioning and managing MTP slices tailored to the specific needs of vertical industries.

5G Coral, 5G-TRANSFORMER & 5G Ex panoramic view of the joint booth during EuCNC 2018.

From the 5G-TRANSFORMER side, the following  demos are taking place:

1) Orchestrating entertainment network service deployment in a hybrid cloud with Cloudify 

2) Creating a media-oriented slice through the 5G-Transformer vertical slicer 

3) Robotic Control Leveraging a Radio Network Information Service (RNIS)

4)5G network slices for mobile Communications Services

Recording the 5G-TRANSFORMER demos at the EuCNC 2018 booth

The demos and videos produced will be available on 5G TRANSFORMER YouTube Channel, here.

To know more about the demos shown during EuCNC 2018 edition click here

Apart from the above demos, other communication actions were planned to promote the 5G PPP projects outputs; such as, each demo had an accompanying poster, there was a video hosted at the joint booth as well as a general projects roll-up posters and brochures.

Great commitment and attention were put by 5G TRANSFORMER project partners to present and share with other projects their latest research results and showcasing demos among an international community of researchers.

Technical Papers

The Vertical Slicer: Verticals’ Entry Point to 5G Networks, Claudio Casetti, Carla Fabiana Chiasserini, Thomas Deiß, Jose Enrique González Blázquez, Giada Landi, Josep Mangues-Bafalluy, Jorge Martín-Pérez, Nuria Molner, Cao-Thanh Phan, Farouk Messaoudi, Nicolás Serrano, Charles Turyagyenda http://5g-transformer.eu/index.php/2018/04/26/5gppp-paper-accepted-for-presentation-at-eucnc2018-net/

Joint paper from the 5GPPP Technical Board:

Enabling Vertical Industries Adoption of 5G Technologies: a Cartography of evolving solutions, Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, Panagiotis Gouvas, Eleni Fotopoulou, George Tsiolis, Thanos Xirofotos, Jose Bonnet, Gino Carrozzo, Stamatia Rizou, Anastasius Gavras, Maria Barros, Xavier Costa-Perez, Athul Prasad, Marco Gramaglia, Anna Tzanakaki, Dimitra Simeonidou, John Cosmas, Mikael Fallgren, Raul Muñoz, Ricard Vilalta

Panels 

Smart connectivity in the context of Next Generation Internet, organized by Arturo Azcorra, 5G TRANSFORMER Coordinator & 5TONIC Laboratory.

You can find the videos of the recorded EuCNC2018 sessions at https://www.eucnc.eu/webcasting/

All the information is also available on the 5G PPP website: https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-ppp-at-eucnc-2018/

Interview with Arturo Azcorra, 5G TRANSFORMER Coordinator

5G PPP Annual Journal available for downloading here

Europe is entering into a critical phase in the global race to 5G and so is the 5G PPP. In that respect, this third edition aims to present how 5G PPP Phase II master 5G technologies and look into their application with relevant users in particular  vertical industries.

Download it online by clicking here for an interesting reading of all the activities run so far, the 5GPPP projects presented and the look forward.

From pages 38-40 the 5G TRANSFORMER is explained.

IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting

Madrid, 11th June 2018. Last week the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting took place in Valencia, Spain, from the 6th-8th June. It was the 13th in the series and it is the premier forum for the presentation and exchange of technical advances in the rapidly converging areas of multimedia broadcasting, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and networking technologies.

The symposium was organized by the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). 2018 is said to be the year of the first normative specifications of the fifth generation of wireless systems 5G, and IEEE BMSB 2018 was co-located with a one-day tutorial on emerging 5G broadcast technologies and applications by the 5G-PPP project 5G-Xcast. IEEE BMSB 2018 counted also  with a number of workshops on 5G organized by several 5G-PPP projects, such as 5G-CORAL and 5G-TRANSFORMER.

On the first day, from 16:20-18:00 the 4B Session took place: 5G Transport (5G Transformer, 5G Coral, 5GEx Workshop). The program was the following:

16:20

Enabling new multicast distribution architectures through the introduction of IGMP/MLD proxy with multiple upstream interfaces ( abstract )
16:40

Understanding QoS applicability in 5G transport networks ( abstract )
17:00

Multi-domain VNF mapping algorithms ( abstract )
17:20

Towards a resilient OpenFlow channel through MPTCP ( abstract )
17:40

An Integrated, Virtualised joint Edge and Fog computing system with multi-RAT convergence ( abstract )

Sergio Gonzalez presenting “Towards a resilient OpenFlow channel through MPTCP”

 

 

Luca Cominardi presenting “An Integrated, Virtualized joint Edge and Fog comuting system with multi-RAT convergence”

 

 

Luca Cominardi presenting the paper “Understanding QoS applicability in 5G transport networks”

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project participates in the brand-new Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) service of the European Commission

 

  • The Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) is a brand-new service from the European commission which provides a professional support to best disseminate project’s outcomes to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities

  • 5G-TRANSFORMER participates in this free of charge service together with the 5G-Crosshaul and 5G-CORAL projects.

Barcelona, June 04, 2018   ̶  5G-TRANSFORMER, in a common team with the 5G-Crosshaul and 5G-CORAL projects, is benefitting from the Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) service as part of the CDB04/05-5G-TRANSFORMER group. This team presents relevant synergies, since 5G-TRANSFORMER inherits the legacy of 5G-Crosshaul (finished in December 2017) and also has tight links with 5G-CORAL (also started in June 2017) in the field of orchestration of virtual network infrastructures encompassing computing (cloud and edge) and heterogeneous transport networks. The goal of 5G-TRANSFORMER is to deliver a complete scalable 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform by adding the support of: i) integrated MEC services, ii) dynamic placement and migration mechanisms of virtual functions (VFs), iii) new mechanisms for sharing of VFs by multiple tenants and slices, iv) new abstraction models for vertical services, and v) customized profiles for the C-RAN functional split considering the requirements from verticals industries.

The CDB04/05-5G-TRANSFORMER group was selected after an evaluation process to which multiple groups of projects applied. All five services to which it applied were accepted and the kick-off took place on May 14, 2018 with Service 1 (portfolio identification). The rest of services will run sequentially until mid-2019. As a result, a common results grid in the form of a dissemination portfolio will be produced. In turn, this will enable identifying the appropriate stakeholders and end users and designing customized dissemination activities, hence improving their joint impact.

The common dissemination booster is a brand-new service of the European Commission to increase the impact of European research on 5G networks in society. The CDB service is a free of charge service, available to all, ongoing or closed, European, National, Regional funded Research & Innovation (R&I) projects (H2020, FP7 or other) providing professional support and encouraging projects to come together to identify a common portfolio of results and shows them how to best disseminate to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities. CDB spans from 7 up to 17 months and it consists of five services, namely portfolio identification service, stakeholder/end-user mapping, portfolio dissemination plan development, portfolio dissemination capacity building, dissemination campaign management. Trust-IT Services, an international marketing & research organization specialized in fostering Information and Communication Technology solutions provides all CDB services on behalf of the European Commission.

 

New submitted deliverables

New deliverables have been submited and added to the webpage:

  • D1.2 5G-TRANSFORMER initial system design
  • D5.1 Definition of vertical testbeds and initial integration plans
  • D6.2 Communication, Dissemination, and Exploitation achievements of Y1 and plan for Y2

They can be found in the deliverables page, available at:

Deliverables

Thank you to everybody who has contributed to the task.