5Growth, a European research project coordinated by the University Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), is set to implant new 5G technology across four working environments in Europe to help validate the functioning of new telecommunications networks. In Spain, the test will take place in Basque County at one of Innovalia's headquarters.
What is Being Tested?
It is a new 5G technology that is set to undergo testing. It will be implanted in the 5Growth project's framework and will enable communications to run at ten times the speed of the current 4G network. It will also decrease latency and increase the reliability of communication.
Together, these improvements are a major leap forward and they allow applications such as autonomous vehicles (AVs), augmented reality, and the IoT to operate more reliably and communicate quickly. The latter is particularly crucial in AVs and IoT networks as they rely on communication with other devices in order to operate and carry out their designated purpose or function. AVs, for example, communicate with other AVs, among other things, while operating on the roads. Due to the nature of what AVs do and where they operate, it is obvious why reliable, seamless, and quick communication is necessary.
The University Carlos III de Madrid campus grounds. Image Credit: Edinburgh Napier University.
Validating Real Performance of 5G Systems
The objective of 5Growth is to test and validate the performance of 5G systems when deployed in vertical industries such as Industry 4.0, audio-visual, automated vehicles, and 'eHealth' and 'MedTech'.
Among them, these industries all use information and communication tech, networking tech, AI, automation, and connected devices as part of their day-to-day operations. By deploying 5G in them and testing it, the project hopes to optimize its performance using automation and AI solutions.
In total, 5Growth will test nine different use cases of 5G across four vertical industry settings in Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Tests will be conducted in the fields of Industry 4.0, transport, and energy. In Spain particularly, as mentioned earlier, the tests will take place in one of Innovalia's headquarters.
5Growth forms part of the third phase of the H2020 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP). This is a joint initiative with the European Commission and European industry with the objective of offering solutions, architecture, technology, and standards to the next generation of 5G communication infrastructure. It is partly funded by the European Commission and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.