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SmarT mObility, media and e-health for toURists and citizenS

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 5G-TOURS (SmarT mObility, media and e-health for toURists and citizenS)

Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2020-11-30

5G represents a paradigm shift from a horizontal service model to a vertical one where the services provided by the network are tailored to specific industry sectors and verticals. 5G-TOURS aims to show the potential of 5G by demonstrating its ability to support multiple verticals revolving around the life in a city. The focus is on improving the citizens’ quality of life as well as the experience of the tourists visiting the city, ultimately making the city more attractive to visit, more efficient in terms of mobility, and safer for everybody. To achieve this vision, the use cases addressed by 5G-TOURS are grouped around the following three main themes (see in Figure 1):
- The touristic city: The visitors of museums and outdoor attractions are provided with 5G-based applications to enhance their experience while visiting the city. This includes: VR/AR applications to complement the physical visit with additional content, robot-assisted services, telepresence to allow for remote visits, and 5G-enabled live events such as concerts.
- The safe city: 5G technology greatly improves the safety in the city by providing means to better assist health-related care in all the phases of an incident, ranging from the health monitoring and early detection, intervention at the ambulance and finally surgery at the wireless operation room in the hospital.
- The mobility-efficient city: Mobility is made more efficient and comfortable, improving navigation systems as well as parking, making traveling more enjoyable with AR/VR services, and improving the efficiency of airports logistics by relying on 5G for their operation.
In order to deploy its use cases, 5G-TOURS develops a comprehensive 5G architecture that incorporates (i) the enabling technologies of the 5G-EVE ICT-17 platform, (ii) fundamental enablers such as broadcast and enhanced orchestration technologies, (iii) novel machine learning functionalities; and (iv) a novel service layer that provides verticals with an interface to automate their service requests. On top of these network-layer innovations, 5G-TOURS also develops a set of vertical solutions and applications enabled by 5G technology that are needed for the envisioned use cases; this comprises: media distribution applications, media production solutions, a connected robot, e-health-related products and mobility platforms. The 5G-TOURS modules are illustrated in Figure 2.
In terms of performance and associated KPIs, 5G-TOURS aims at (i) meeting the highly challenging requirements in terms of the service provided by the network, and (ii) improving the quality of experience perceived by the service customers. Building on these improvements, the project’s ultimate goal is to foster new business models around mobile networks that address new industry segments and provide new revenue streams with particular emphasis on the industry verticals.
The work performed and main results achieved by the project so far are as follows:
- 5G-TOURS has provided a detailed definition of the 13 use cases addressed by the project, identifying the network and application requirements, drawing the Message Sequence Charts and deriving the implications in terms of the deployment of physical nodes as well as virtual network functions.
- In terms of network innovations, 5G-TOURS has defined novel solutions for AI-based data analytics, enhanced orchestration and broadcast. These innovations have led to 50 standard contributions and 25 scientific publications. On this front, it is worth highlighting the leading role played by 5G-TOURS on broadcast within 3GPP as well as the proof of concept activity in ETSI ENI.
- The project is completing the first phase of the network deployment of three trials in the cities of Turin, Rennes and Athens, which will host the use cases related to the touristic city, the safe city and the mobility-efficient city, respectively. These trials have required the deployment of network equipment specific to 5G-TOURS.
- Along with the network deployment, the project has also developed vertical equipment solutions that are required to conduct the envisaged use cases. These solutions needs to be integrated with the 5G mobile devices, such as a smart phone or a sensor. Their development is fairly advanced.
- 5G-TOURS has started to work on the design of the tests to evaluate and validate the use cases; these tests will evaluate both the performance and experience perceived by the end-users as well as the level of satisfaction of the vertical players. A very important aspect in the evaluation will be the economic one; in this direction, a methodology has been devised to derive quantitative results.
Exemplary use cases for each of the trials are illustrated in Figures 3, 4 and 5.
5G-TOURS innovations will lead to an improved 5G network solutions. Targeting the satisfaction of the verticals tenants and the operators’ cost constraints, these solutions will build on the equipment provided by the manufacturers of the consortium, compliant with the latest 3GPP releases, comprising network infrastructure equipment, mobile terminals and chipsets, and will incorporate the following enhanced functions on top of baseline products: (i) novel service layer, (ii) novel AI/ML based algorithms for the management of the mobile network, (iii) novel orchestration and elasticity solutions, and (iv) novel broadcast solutions.
Along with the mobile communications products, 5G-TOURS will also build prototypes for vertical solutions that set the basis for future commercial products and applications in the following categories: (i) media-and-entertainment applications; (ii) healthcare products and solutions; and (iii) mobility-related applications.
The 5G-TOURS innovation capacity creates opportunities with respect to products and services, market position, changes of process, and reshapes the business paradigm through new markets. Ultimately, the products and services identified in the previous section are directed to have a significant commercial impact.
An ultimate goal of 5G technology should be (i) to improve the citizens’ quality of life when traveling, visiting museums, etc., providing them with better services in hospitals, schools, etc., and (ii) to contribute to building more sustainable and safer cities. More specifically, 5G-TOURS is going to contribute to the following societal challenges:
- Culture: 5G-TOURS leverages 5G technology to enhance the cultural experience and thus increase the attractiveness to visitors and tourists, by developing AR/VR applications that provide an immersive and interactive means to visit museums and cities. Such applications are expected to become particularly effective in the context of the current covid-19 pandemic.
- Safety: Safety is currently a major societal concern in Europe. 5G-TOURS addresses emergency threats by leveraging 5G technology to improve evacuation strategies in a location as sensitive as an airport.
- Emergency care in rural areas: Emergency care in rural areas with no nearby hospital is a major societal concern. 5G-TOURS addresses this by enabling quality emergency care solutions with the assistance of remote experts, which can be useful e.g. for the covid-19 pandemic.
- Remote health monitoring of elderly people: Many chronic illnesses of elderly people require frequent hospitalization. 5G-TOURS will alleviate this problem by developing smart health monitoring patches for chronically ill patients.
Figure 4. Teleguidance for diagnostics: platform’s architecture.
Figure 1. Use cases and verticals addressed by the 5G-TOURS project.
Figure 2. 5G-TOURs generic architectural components.
Figure 3. Telepresence; preliminary system architecture.
Figure 5. Mobility Efficient City use cases platform.