IT was present at the first meeting of the project "Mobilizador 5G", which took place at the Altice Labs facilities in Aveiro between 8-9 January. Sixty representatives from 14 national academic and industry institutions gathered for the first technical discussions aimed at the design, implementation and validation of a set of national technological products, capable of integrating and providing services within the framework of future 5G networks.
The duration of the project is of 36 months, until the end of 2020, presenting a perfect alignment with the current worldwide development and production schedule for the 5G technology.
Still under development, the 5G technology is expected to go into production in 2020, representing a great technological advance, allowing even faster communications (in speed and response time), reliable and with less energy consumption. It will support a large number of services, including mass and industrial IoT (internet of things), and multimedia with virtual and augmented reality.
In addition to the products to be implemented, the project will create synergies among the entities involved, thus becoming a national and international reference in the promotion of 5G technology and its implementation in Portugal.
The consortium involves the Altice Labs, Altran Portugal, EFACEC Energia, EFACEC Engenharia e Sistemas, INESC TEC, Instituto de Telecomunicações, IT Center, Nokia Solutions and Networks Portugal, One Source, PDM and FC, UBIWHERE, University of Coimbra, TICE.PT and WAVECOM. In addition to these, other entities will do a follow up on the project. These are EDP, Infraestruturas de Portugal, MEO, Porto de Aveiro and VIATEL.
The project is part of the "Programas Mobilizadores" and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Portugal 2020 Program for an amount of more than 6 million euros.
Rafael Caldeirinha, researcher from IT in Leiria, was recently elected Regional Delegate of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) for group 14 - Andorra, Portugal and Spain. Rafael Caldeirinha was elected with an expressive voting (above 81%) for the next biennium 2018-2019.
Being one of the largest Association on Antennas and Propagation, the EurAAP aim is to maintain, develop and broaden, on a non-profit basis, the European objectives and activities initiated by the European Network of Excellence "ACE", including the organisation of the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) as well as European workshops and all associated events. The EurAAP supports European Schools (e.g. ESOA - European School of Antennas) and Master and PhD programmes on antennas and propagation, while also leveraging the circulation and exchange of information among European Scientists and engineers, promoting European research in this particular field.
The Regional Delegate is elected by the Association Members for a three-year term to represent (in this case) Andorra, Portugal and Spain (Region 14) in the EurAAP through the Delegates Assembly. As Regional Delegate, Rafael Caldeirinhas´ role will be to actively contribute to leverage the awareness of the association while promoting research excellence in Region 14. Highly reputed researchers and a significant A&P body of knowledge have evolved over the last years in Andorra, Portugal and Spain.
EurAAp has been at the forefront of emerging radio technologies on related topics to A&P and needs the Andorran, Portuguese and Spanish accumulated expertise to ensure it continues to be an international leading association.
In March 2017 Rafael had already been unanimously appointed by the Delegate Assembly to take on the same position, at the time, in replacement of the previous delegate of the Region 14.