The 5GMED project, with a global investment of 16 Mio euros of which 75% is financed by the European Commission, aims to bring a sustainable 5G deployment model for future mobility in the Mediterranean Cross-Border Corridor. The project will be launched in September 2020 and will be implemented until November 2023.
5GMED: The future of mobility in the Mediterranean cross-border corridor
Through 4 pilot tests in railway and highway between Figueres and Perpignan, 5GMed will demonstrate advanced cross-border trials of 5G application scenarios in Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) and Future Railway Mobile Communications System services (FRMCS).
The services to be tested will rely on a broad range of technologies beyond 5G, including on-board sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing advanced connectivity services in a scalable and replicable manner across transport paths.
4 use cases for one infrastructure
The infrastructure will support a remote driving use case, advanced traffic management, applications and business service continuity in railway, and follow-me infotainment both in highway and railway scenarios.
The use case demonstrations will be carried out in three small scale testing facilities in order to replicate real conditions, based on the outcomes of the tests, a final integration and validation will be carried out in the cross-border section between Figueres and Perpignan. A strategic section in the Trans-European Transport Network since it sustains 55% of the road traffic between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe and 65% of the rail traffic.
Enhancing the Trans-Européen transport network
Enhancing the Trans-European Transport Network paths with 5G capabilities is one of the key points of the 5G Strategic Deployment Agenda for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility, which is driven by the ambitious connectivity plans specified in the 5G Action Plan for Europe and to receive further investment beyond 2020 through the Connected Europe Facility programme.
VEDECOM: an expert in interconnecting AI in communication networks
In order to accelerate the rollout of 5G for self-driving vehicles, there is a need to deliver roaming ability and continuity of service, especially in cross-border areas. To do this, VEDECOM will co-ordinate test activities in the Paris region, incorporating the “remote automated driving” test case; VEDECOM will then conduct a large-scale validation of these tests along the France-Spain corridor. These tests concern both road infrastructure and vehicle systems architecture.
Specifically, VEDECOM will develop strategies based on artificial intelligence to deliver hybrid 5G, ITS G5 and LTE-V2X communication channels. Its teams will develop software building blocks that can merge data from various sensors installed in the vehicle or at the roadside, transform the various communications channels into hybrid intelligent systems and enable low-latency communications, incorporating roadside units (RSUs) and MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) functions.
The budget assigned to VEDECOM for this project is €756,600.
21 Europeen partners supporting 5GMed
5GMed brings together the key partners to deliver advanced CCAM and FRMCS services in the Figueres – Perpignan section of the Mediterranean corridor.
The consortium, coordinated by Cellnex Telecom, includes 21 partners from 7 countries representing the telecom sector (Vodafone, Hispasat, Retevisión, and Cellnex France); transport and mobility sector (Abertis Autopistas, SNCF, Linea Figueres Perpignan S.A., Anadolu Isuzu, Valeo); technology and solution providers (Axbryd, Nearby Computing, Atos, Athens Technology Center, COMSA Corporación, Terra3D); consulting services providers (Eight Bells), research institutions (CTTC, i2CAT, IRT-Saint Exupéry, Vedecom); outreach organization for mobile and digital transformation of society (Mobile World Capital Barcelona).
The project is also supported by the public administrations of both countries including the Occitania Region and the Govern de la Generalitat de Catalunya, who promoted the 5G corridor from the start.
5GMed has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No.951947.