5G-Transformer in collaboration with Samur-Proteccion Civil

5G Transformer
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.

Link to the original article (Spanish) here


The 5G-TRANSFORMER project participated in the First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS) which took place in Barcelona, Spain on April 15, 2018 in conjunction with IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC 2018).

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 presentations are available for download at:

Presentation 1- Network Slices for Vertical Industries

Presentation 2- Service Orchestration and Federation for Verticals

Presentation 3- 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform for Verticals

Presentation 4- MEC-aware Cell Association for 5G Heterogeneous Networks

Presentation 5- Opportunities and Challenges of Joint Edge and Fog Orchestration

Presentation 6- An Integrated Edge and Fog System for Future Communication Networks


March 17-23, 2018 the 101st IETF meeting took place in London. IETF is one of the key standards development organizations (SDOs) where 5G-TRANSFORMER is actively contributing.

During this meeting, different contributions were made from 5G-TRANSFORMER partners:

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project presents the future 5G mobile transport platform for verticals at MWC’18

  • 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.

    For more information, please contact:

    Project Coordinator:

    Arturo Azcorra


    Technical Manager:

    Xavier Costa


    Project Web Page:


    Social media:

    Twitter and Instagram: @5g_transformer

    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/5g-transformer-eu-project-a05311144/

    YouTube: https://goo.gl/uB5TlL

Plenary meeting in Rennes

5G-Transformer partners met in Rennes between the 16th and 18th of January for a plenary meeting of the project. The meeting was kindly hosted by 5G-Transformer partner B-COM.

5G-Transformer meeting in Rennes – January 2018

5G-TRANSFORMER in tech-media

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).


5G-TRANSFORMER project has held the WWRF Workshop “Ready ’n’ Go–5G trials and testbeds” in Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

5G-TRANSFORMER co-organises the First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)

Barcelona, April 15-18, 2018 @ First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)

5G-TRANSFORMER co-organises the First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)


Paper Submission Deadline: November 2nd, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: December 15th, 2017
Camera-ready version: January 12, 2018


  • Architectures/Protocols/API specifications to allocate Verticals/networks on top of single and/or multi-domain mobile Transport networks
  • Business mechanisms and economic framework for network slicing
  • Scalable and secure MANO-based deployments models
  • Multi-domain service and resource federation
  • Network/Vertical service descriptors
  • Virtualization in multi-domain environments
  • Integration of network and IT resources
  • Vertical/network slice isolation (security threats and performance isolation)
  • inter-slice communication (security threats and control mechanisms)
    Virtualization/containerization of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Monitoring of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Flexible control/data plane splits and fronthaul splits
  • Runtime allocation of resources to vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Runtime placement of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Enforcement of orchestration policies for the interaction between services/microservices within a slice
  • Local breakout/MEC/fog/cloudlets
  • Experimentation and lessons learnt with orchestration frameworks (CORD, ONAP, Open-O, OSM, Cloudify, OpenBaton, Istio) in mobile transport networks
  • Experimental mobile transport testbeds including network and IT resources
  • Experimental Network/Vertical slice measurements
  • Coexistence and migration of legacy operational networks towards slice substrates
  • Standardization efforts on network slicing (ETSI, IETF, 3GPP, BBF, ONF, etc.)

For more information click here.

5G-TRANSFORMER Coordinator at Taipei 5G Summit

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.