The 5GMED project aims to bring a sustainable 5G deployment model for future mobility in the Mediterranean Cross-Border Corridor, both on railway and highway. The project will be launched in September 2020 and will be implemented until November 2023.

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.

Intelligent hybridation of communication channels and data merging

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

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. 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 was signed by the partners on June 16, 2020. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No.951947.

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