The Laboratory will be focusing on the exploitation of 5G innovations and on the potential of AI embedded in the network as an enabler for different futuristic scenarios. (see more)
This month we witnessed the formal signature agreement of a major initiative in Portugal: the Next Generation Networks Reliability Laboratory for Vertical Industries. This project, led by Rui Aguiar, with an initial lifetime of four years, brings together Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), the University of Aveiro (UA), and Huawei, in order to provide the country with an environment where both society can explore future 5G solutions and researchers are able to access some state-of-the-art 5G infrastructures. The laboratory will be engaged in education, training and dissemination of novel solutions relying on 5G technologies. Furthermore, will provide a real-life environment for developing and testing novel device, networking and services research for 5G.
Technically, the Laboratory will be focusing on the exploitation of 5G innovations and on the potential of Artificial Intelligence embedded in the network as an enabler for different futuristic scenarios. The laboratory will include a set of commercially-graded radio cells, both macro and micro, coupled with a standalone 5G core enhanced with Multi-access Edge Computing capabilities, and an Artificial Intelligence optimized engine. The infrastructure, worth several million euros, will be mostly provided by Huawei, with IT and UA responsible for its operation and exploitation by the national and international communities. The planned startup date is September 2020, and the infrastructure will reach parts of the UA campus, the Port of Aveiro, and a large factory.
For starting, the Laboratory will address use cases associated with existing projects, including 5G in different Industrial IoT Scenarios (with Bosch), 5G in Smart Grid and 5G in Light Rail (both with Efacec). Early versions of these use cases are planned to be operational by the first quarter of 2021, while more advanced versions are expected in the second quarter
The infrastructure will be open to the whole research and innovation community, both academic and industrial, and of course will welcome all researchers inside IT that aim to innovate on 5G technologies and its exploitation.
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