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Internet of Radio Light

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IoRL (Internet of Radio Light)

Reporting period: 2017-06-01 to 2018-06-30

Wireless networks in buildings suffer from congestion, interference, security and safety concerns, restricted propagation and poor in-door location accuracy. IoRL propose to address the above issues through a unique solution by marrying visible light communication with 5G mmWave solution. Thus IoRL aims to provide improved 5G services indoor providing bit rate capacities of Giga bits/sec per room of a building, latency of less than 1ms from Smart Device to building gateway and location accuracy of less than 10 cm. It is expected to achieve this whilst also considerably reducing transmission power and EMF radiation levels, so the user equipment will potentially require to consume 10 times less energy, which would result in 90% energy savings, and ten times increase in battery lifetime during use in buildings.
The above aspects are important for society, because the current compound mobile data growth rate is 53%, and is predicted to grow further due to new Digital Service Provider (DSP) markets. Such markets include factories, worksites, cities, logistics & transport and health, where the value creation lies in novel services and where service performance is critical. It is likely that most of this growth will be generated indoors since the majority of those markets operate in indoor environments, which the IoRL project directly targets.
"The IoRL project has successfully completed the first year of the three year project, the conceptual phase. In this year the partners defined use case scenarios, extracted user requirements and technical requirements, developed an initial design of the overall IoRL system architecture and then refined this design with more detailed designs of the key constituents, the intelligent home IP gateway (IHIPG), the radio access network and the user equipment. In parallel the project identified the market prospects of the IoRL technology deployed in the identified use case environment, identified the main target groups and industry sectors for dissemination in an exploitation plan and main aspirations regarding exploitation, and disseminated the project concept and early results to the semi-conductor lighting industry at the Solid State Semiconductor Lighting Conference 2017 in Beijing, to the visible light communications industry at the Global LiFi Congress 2018 in Paris, to the Wireless industry at the EU Wireless 2018 Conference in Catania, to the Broadcast industry at the Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting 2018 Conference in Valencia and to the Mobile Communications industry at EU CNC 2018 in Ljubljana and at the IEEE 5G WorldForum 2018 in Santa Clara, California. Finally, the project identified the relevant working groups of 3G PPP, IMT 2020 and ITU-T standardisation groups to which the project could potentially make contributions to and selected one for participating, namely the Workshop on 3GPPCT#82 at Sorrento."
The project has embarked on a six step plan with six parallel development activities (Remote Radio Light Head, User Equipment, NFV/SDN, Services, 5G Network and Electro-mechanical Hardware) with milestones every 3 months (i.e. June 2018, Sept 2018, Dec 2018, Mar 2019, June 2019, Sept 2019) that will result in a fully operational laboratory test bench system by September 2019. Initial results from the first end-to-end experiments using the IoRL RAN Layer 1 at 3.5 GHz mmWave has measured latency of around 0.25ms which indicates that the overall end-to-end latency within the building will be well below 1ms and for VLC has measured latency of less than 1 ms. In the third phase of the project a plan is being developed to deploy the radio-light system in the planned use case environments.
Combining the results of IoRL with other 5G PPP projects, such as the 5G EVE, 5G VINNI and 5GENESIS end-to-end facilities, together they will potentially deliver end-to-end inter building and transport communications with increased throughput (greater than 30Gbps), with low latency (less than 1ms) from mmWave and VLC access points pervasively located within buildings whilst minimizing interference and harmful EM exposure and providing location accuracy of less than 10cm. This will usher the era of the Tactile Internet, which is known as the 4th Internet generation.
IoRL in one picture