Exhibitions and Demos

Exhibitions and Demos2024-05-31T08:21:09+00:00


Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 5,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands, and representation in 3 continents. In 2022, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 846 million euro. Discover more on www.imec-int.com



At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.
As a B2B technology innovation leader, we are pioneering networks that sense, think and act by leveraging our work across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. In addition, we create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.
Service providers, enterprises and partners worldwide trust Nokia to deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks today – and work with us to create the digital services and applications of the future.



Huawei demonstrate the research testbed MELISAC, an AI two-arm robot based on 6G technology. The robot MELISAC can use terahertz signals, micro-Doppler signals and light signals to detect physical objects with high-resolution, and with 6G integrated and sensing technology, we can transmit data with terahertz sensing signals. This allows MELISAC to sense the physical world in a highly detailed and accurate manner and communicate with the digital world in real time.
MELISAC has AI computing power and the ability to compute the large language models to understand and respond to natural languages. MELISAC can understand our intent through semantic intelligence and to take actions using logical reasoning. By using the integrated sensing and communication capabilities of terahertz radio waves, it can detect and locate things we humans can’t even see. MELISAC analyzes the micro-Doppler signals produced by vibrating and rotating industrial equipment, which helps to improve the detection and identification of the running equipment. It is also used for the eHealth scenarios, where we analyze the human vital signs, by measuring accurately the distance change from a human chest while breathing. Therefore, wireless sensing becomes a multimodal input for robots.
We can consider the MELISAC with the integrated communication, sensing, and AI, as a 6G terminal and a personal intelligent assistant, MELISAC can serve you and perform various tasks for you. In the AI-robot scenario, communication-sensing and AI integration is implemented, completing function for the future AGI, and the typical 6G application scenarios.


6G Flagship

6G Flagship is the world’s first 6G research program, a global leader in 5G adoption, and a preferred research partner in 6G development. We promote high-quality 6G research to create future know-how and sustainable solutions for society’s needs in the 2030s. We operate under the University of Oulu, which also funds us together with the Research Counsil of Finland.


The 6G-XR project

6G eXperimental Research

6G-XR is a 6G research infrastructure project with three main vertical areas:

  1. holographic communications
  2. collaborative 3D digital twin environment for digital fabrication
  3. energy measurement framework for end-to-end telecommunications network infrastructure.

The project also promotes open calls trough cascade funding. The target use case of the demonstration is the vertical area 2. and the goal is to demonstrate the use case integrated with three projects funded through the open call: a. collaborative mixed VR and AR environment with b. multi-slice support, and c. automated end-to-end KPI collection and visualisation. In the collaborative 3D digital twin (DT) use case, a pre-created 3D object is reviewed by the Instructor in a DT environment, and after accepted review, the object is 3D-printed in the real-world for the remote user. The demonstration will be shared with the 6G Flagship booth that runs the research infrastructure components.


EuCNC & 6G Summit 2025

Welcome to Poznan, Poland!

The 2025 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC, in its 34th edition of a series; the 6G Summit, in its 7th edition, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area. The conference will be organized in the beautiful city of Poznan, western Poland, on June 3-6, 2025. The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP), and supported by the European Commission. The event addresses various aspects of Beyond 5G/6G communications systems and networks. It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 700 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss the latest results. It involves also an exhibition with more than 50 exhibitors, to demonstrate the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes.
The conference program will include:

  • Keynotes
  • Panels
  • Regular oral sessions (papers from open call, to be submitted for uploading to IEEE Xplore)
  • Special and Convened sessions, with papers on specific topics
  • Workshops, with papers and presentations on specific topics
  • Poster sessions (extended abstracts from open call addressing latest results)
  • Tutorials
  • Demos and exhibitions, with pitches

Rohde & Schwarz

Towards 6G: D-Band Communications

Rohde & Schwarz – make ideas real.
Rohde & Schwarz is striving for a safer and connected world with its Test & Measurement, Technology Systems and Networks & Cybersecurity Divisions. For 90 years, the global technology group has pushed technical boundaries with developments in cutting-edge technologies. The company’s leading-edge products and solutions empower industrial, regulatory and government customers to attain technological and digital sovereignty. The privately owned, Munich based company can act independently, long-term and sustainably. Rohde & Schwarz generated net revenue of EUR 2.78 billion in the 2022/2023 fiscal year (July to June). On June 30, 2023, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,800 employees worldwide.
Our demo: Towards 6G: D-Band Communications
D-Band and sub-THz communications is a research area addressing the high data rate and bandwidth needs for future wireless communication systems. Test instrumentation needs to enable easy to use test setups for research and development purposes.
The demo shows test & measurement capabilities in D-Band that is a research area for future communications systems.
The demonstration consists of signal source (vector signal generator) that is able to generate any signals such as for instance 5G or other OFDM, OTFS signals. A connected self-calibrating upconverter will bring the signal in the D-Band domain. The signal is then transferred over the air or conducted to a downconverter playing as a frontend for measuring receiver with demodulating capabilities. This shows a D-band test radio link.




AWTG is a world-class telecommunications and software innovations company headquartered in London. We are the UK’s leading 5G systems solutions provider with customer deployments globally, including the first ever 5G network operating since 2015.
AWTG design, build and manage various wireless networks from public cellular networks to private Wi-Fi networks. Our clients include public sector bodies, private enterprises, network operators and service providers.
AWTG develops software platforms and solutions for both the public and private sectors. Our Digital Asset Management Platform and Service Correlation and Assurance Platform are released as free-to-use open source software.
AWTG also develops integrated solution for Open RAN enabling deployment in both private and public networks. We are currently deploying the first Open RAN systems in high density demand environments for integrated live (brownfield) MNO network and City-Wide private network.


Taiwan 6G Innovation

Taiwan ICT Tech Innovation: Your Trusted Partners in the 6G Journey (ITRI)

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. To address market needs and global trends, it has launched its 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap and focuses on innovation development in Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. It also strives to strengthen Intelligentization Enabling Technology to support diversified applications. Over the years, ITRI has been dedicated to incubating startups and spinoffs, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote international cooperation across the globe. For more information, please visit https://www.itri.org/eng.


6G Research and Innovation Cluster (6G-RIC)

6G Technologies for the Convergence of Communications, AI, and Sensing: Developments in 6G-RIC

6G-RIC is an interdisciplinary research project linking 32 research groups from 20 universities and research institutions. 6G-RIC is supported by over 60 associate partners from industry, science and the public sector. The funding (70 Mil. Euro) is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Souverän. Digital. Vernetzt.” research program. 6G-RIC is technology-driven and focuses on six Technical Innovation Areas (TIAs):
– Sub-THz Mobile Access
– Intelligent Radio Environments (Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces)
– Integrated Sensing and Communication
– Semantic Communication and 6G Connectivity
– Post-Quantum Security by Design
– Autonomous Convergent Networks
6G-RIC adopts a holistic approach by jointly developing hardware, algorithms, and protocols for all of the above innovation areas. The project has a strong focus on the evaluation of the developed technologies and develops testbed and experimentation infrastructure, including integration laboratories, indoor and outdoor test fields. 6G-RIC incorporates the xG-INCUBATOR (www.xg-incubator.com), which represents the interface between the fundamental scientific research and the start-up scene in the field of wireless communication technologies. Through the xG-INCUBATOR, founding teams and start-ups have access to the infrastructure developed in 6G-RIC demonstrators to test and evaluate prototypical technology components, services and innovative applications.


Openwifi’s WiFi6 & JCAS

Openwifi: A Software Defined Radio Platform for Wi-Fi 6 Multi-User OFDMA Scheduling and Joint Communication and Sensing

Nowadays, the Wi-Fi system becomes more complicated and even has non-communication related capabilities, such as sensing. These new features, which are baked into the chip, bring challenges in both the theoretical domain and in operating the system in real-world scenarios. The openwifi Software-Defined Radio design opens the chip for researchers and has been used since its release on GitHub in 2019. An important feature of Wi-Fi 6 is Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), allowing multiple users to be served at the same time by dedicating a specific part of the channel bandwidth (resource unit, RU) to them. This reduces the contention time for accessing the medium, thereby lowering latency and potentially increasing throughput. This makes it suited for use cases like real-time audio communication, controlling robots or Virtual/Augmented Reality. By avoiding allocating traffic on occupied RU, OFDMA can also be used to avoid interference and jamming. In terms of Wi-Fi sensing, the CSI (Channel State Information) is not yet widely available on many Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Wi-Fi chips. Even on the few chips that offer CSI, the most important coherent Tx/Rx characteristics are not offered in the monostatic and multistatic radar sensing scenarios, which is important for future Wi-Fi radar applications.



BeGREEN Key Innovations Demonstrations

Beyond 5G and 6G networks introduce a flexible, agile, and disaggregated architecture to support service heterogeneity, coordination among multiple technologies, and rapid on-demand deployments. It is widely agreed that first and foremost, the focus should be towards an energy efficient sustainable network architecture. BeGREEN brings forward the design of energy efficient solutions into the radio access, edge, network functions and network management following technology pillars: i) Planning and evaluation of a reference mMIMO architecture to achieve, energy efficient connectivity; ii) hardware acceleration and Power Amplifier operation optimization to reduce radio access power consumption; iii) use physical layer solutions, such as Integrated Communications and Sensing, Reconfigurable Surfaces, and Relays to improve energy efficiency of the network; iv) Design and development of an ‘Intelligence Plane’, incorporating O-RAN, along with user plane and data plane, for AI-assisted network function energy optimization. The following technologies adopted by the project will be demonstrated:

  • BeGREEN Intelligence Plane: As explained in the previous paragraph above.
  • Integrated Communication and Sensing (ISAC): In the context of BeGREEN project, this technology is used to support energy efficiency enhancement of the system, via beam training optimization and dynamic resource allocation.
  • Hardware acceleration of Central Units (CU) and Distributed Units (DU): Computationally extensive processing in DU, and CU can be implemented more efficiently by using hardware acceleration. BeGREEN is pursuing this work in the context of achieving better energy efficiencies. It is expected that the power consumption of the BeGREEN implementations, e.g., for some heavy processing in DU, can introduce up to 15% improvements compared to legacy implementations.

Radio Unit power efficiency improvement: Radio Unit (RU) and in particular Power Amplifier (PA) is the most power-hungry unit in the wireless network. BeGREEN introduces focused work items to improve power efficiency of the network using methods such as AI-based Envelop Tracking and Digital Predistortion, and PA blanking for no transmission situations.



Advanced 5G Open Platform for Large Scale Trials and Pilots across Europe

IMAGINE-B5G is a Stream D SNS Phase-1 Project working towards implementing an advanced, accessible, secure, and programmable end-to-end 5G platform for large-scale trials and pilots in Europe. IMAGINE-B5G is focusing its efforts on fuelling testing and experimentation of core technologies and architectures, facilitating innovative services and businesses, and becoming a key enabler for future B5G vertical services and applications. During its first year, the project shortlisted seven verticals – PPDR, Media, Education, Smart Agriculture and Forestry, eHealth, Transportation and Logistics and Industry 4.0 – having designed use cases that could be tested and experimented in its four facilities – Norway, Spain, Portugal and France. Through its first Open Call, the consortium selected and funded 15 projects to implement vertical and platform extensions on its use cases alongside the facilities. The work that the project and its open-call winners have already developed is believed to be of great interest within the field of 5G and Beyond 5G research. With that in mind, the consortium proposes to showcase and demonstrate some of the results IMAGINE-B5G has achieved so far, enabling the discussion and promoting its third open call, which will be open after summer 2024.



Showcasing the PRIVATEER Privacy-preserving Security Enablers

Privacy is considered a key pillar in EU research and development activities towards 6G. In the 6G multi-actor pluralistic environment, privacy is pivotal, not only for the end users, but also for all involved stakeholders; and it needs to be taken into account as a key requirement in all technologies of the network stack, including security mechanisms. In other words, the challenge for security enablers in future networks is, on the one hand, to address the significantly widened 6G threat landscape, while on the other hand to preserve the privacy of all actors in the 6G chain. Intrusive security cannot be any more considered acceptable. In this context, the mission of PRIVATEER is to pave the way for 6G “privacy-first security” by studying, designing and developing innovative security enablers for 6G networks, following a privacy-by-design approach.



Towards intelligent wireless communications environments

The sixth generation (6G) of mobile communications, planned around 2030, is expected to support innovative applications with requirements not met with today’s technologies, such as massive-scale communications (within IoT), the Internet of senses, holographic communications, massive digital twinning and Extreme Reality, full autonomous driving and flying networks, considering use cases in smart cities, smart home and factories (e.g. ultra-high precision 3D positioning). With the emergence of viable THz communications systems on the horizon, it is crucial to contribute THz communication and networking to the technology roadmap for beyond 6G timeframe and a step closer to industrial uptake.
The TERRAMETA project aims to investigate ground-breaking technologies for the sixth generation (6G) of mobile communications and demonstrate the feasibility of ultra-high data rate wireless networks leveraging on THz Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs), including low power consumption THz wideband switches, THz RIS, and THz transmitter/receiver at 140 GHz and 300 GHz.
The TIMES project aims to address the stringent requirements of future networks by combining novel radio channel propagation measurements and modeling approaches, spectrally efficient and reliable communications at Terahertz (THz) spectrum bands with intelligent mesh networking protocols and smart sensing and shaping of the propagation environment through reconfigurable metasurfaces.
The CONVERGE project aims to develop a toolset combining radio and vision-based communications and sensing technologies under motto “view-to-communicate & communicate-to-view”: communications solutions that dynamically and in real-time take advantage of vision and sensing information, vision solutions that take advantage of networks of cameras, sensing and radio information.
The SUPERIOT project is focused to develop a truly sustainable IoT system. The project is based on a reconfigurable IoT system that exploits radio and optical signals to provide a) wireless connectivity, b) energy harvesting and c) positioning. The developed nodes will use printed electronics technology for a sustainable implementation.



Meta Wireless

META WIRELESS is a Marie Curie innovative training network on the use of meta-surfaces and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces in beyond-5G and 6G wireless networks. As it is well-known, RISs are planar surfaces that are capable of generating anomalous and controllable reflections of impinging radio waves and can be used to manipulate the wireless propagation environment to increase coverage of wireless networks and decrease the interference level by better focusing the signal where it is needed. The project is coordinated by CNIT and has recruited 15 early-stage-researchers that have been also enrolled into a PhD program. The project started on December 2020 and is scheduled to end on May 2025 (overall duration 54 months). Now that the project is in its final phase, we would like to showcase some of the technology and some of the technical
results that have been produced during the project lifetime.



Programmable deterministic networking: the PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G approaches

The next generation of mobile networks will need tighter guarantees on latency and reliability in order to satisfy stringent requirements of vertical use cases such as those of Industry 4.0. Moreover, networks are increasingly being softwarized and disaggregated in cloud solutions, rendering them more adaptable. However, current programmable networks still fall short of meeting the anticipated performance standards of 6G. To this end we propose an end-to-end 6G solution that employs architectural enhancements and protocols, ensuring seamless provisioning of vertical use cases with performance criteria beyond 5G. Our approach focuses on large scale deterministic network infrastructures involving both edge and cloud domains. We also make enhancements to the programmability of the network fabric both vertically (in terms of control and data planes) and horizontally (spanning from the radio access network to the edge and core network). This enhanced programmability is crucial to support the extreme performance demands of 6G use cases and improve the flexibility and sustainability of the underlying infrastructure.


NI (now part of Emerson)

NI is now part of Emerson. In this new chapter, we’re building on our legacy and leadership in software-connected, automated test and measurement systems and continue to revolutionize how enterprises use test systems and insights—elevating test from a mere necessity to a formidable competitive advantage. 5G and 6G communications promise new levels of connectivity for an array of use cases. NI is committed to enabling technology breakthroughs and delivery of next-gen devices at scale. Our approach equips engineers with fast and flexible tools to stay at the forefront of these advances in wireless.


OAIBOX: 5G/6G open-source

OAIBOX: 5G/6G open-source made simple

Practical experimentation with cellular networks has been historically reserved exclusively for network vendors and telecommunication operators, primarily due to high equipment costs and licensing constraints. In recent years, the state of play has been changing with the advent of open-source 3GPP protocol stacks based on increasingly more affordable Software-Defined Radio (SDR) systems. In this context, the OpenAirInterface (OAI) project emerges as the leading open-source initiative that provides a reference implementation of 5G base station (gNB), User Equipment (UE), and 5G core network, standard-compliant with 3GPP NR SA and that runs on general-purpose x86 computing platforms along with off-the-shelf SDR hardware platforms.



6G ORAN JCAS (Joint Communication and Sensing) and RISs (Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces) Demonstrators

6G-SANDBOX is a Stream C Horizon Europe (HE) experimental platform. The purpose of the project is to create a complete and modular facility for the European experimentation ecosystem, which is expected to support for the next decade technology and research validation processes needed in the pathway towards 6G. The project intends to demonstrate a live demo of a JCAS 6G ORAN application and a RISs demonstrator.

  • 6G ORAN JCAS (Joint Communication and Sensing) Demonstrator
    In the era of 6G, our networks evolve beyond mere conduits for data. They become our sixth sense — an extension of our awareness. By bouncing signals off objects, these networks discern the world around us: detecting movement, identifying materials, and mapping a digital replica of our physical reality. With sensing becoming a potential feature offered by next-generation mobile networks, the possibility to conduct advanced JCAS experiments becomes increasingly important. A first demo, jointly developed by the University of Malaga, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan, IS-Wireless and Keysight, explores future sensing capabilities using standard ORAN off-the-shelf network components. Covering the FR1 frequency band, the setup allows laboratory investigating to understand how these capabilities could potentially be used to detect and track people and objects. A second demo, in a collaborative development by the University of Malaga (UMA), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan, National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Taiwan, and Siradel explores the potential of utilizing the Raytracing simulation tool to larger network environment. This tool simulates wireless scenarios, leveraging channel state information (CSI) (as captured in the first demo) to sense the environment and generate 3D sensing point clouds of objects.
  • Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) Demonstrator
    RISs are seen as one of the most promising and revolutionary techniques for boosting the spectrum and energy efficiency of 6G wireless systems. Numerous innovative applications, such as digital twins, connected robotics and autonomous systems, the industrial Internet of Things, and intelligent transportation systems, are expected to be supported. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has partnered with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan to jointly develop an FR2 mm-wave RIS-RIS controller system. This demo showcases the web-based user interface that allows users to apply pre-defined RIS profiles and view real-time status and hardware information, such as power consumption.


6G FR3 Channel Emulation for Short-Range Communication

The 6G Short-range Extreme Communication in Entities (6G-SHINE) project, supported by the European Union’s Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (EU SNS JU), involves a collaboration of 12 partners from both industry and academia. 6G-SHINE focuses on developing technology components for short-range in-X communication subnetworks covering in-vehicle, industrial, and consumer use case categories. Short-range in-X communication for 6G applications sets a stringent low-latency requirement, which the channel emulator platform must fulfill to reproduce harsh short-range in-X radio propagation conditions. Under the scope of the 6G-SHINE project, the technology components must be demonstrated through Proof-of-Concept (PoC) platforms developed in WP5 of the project. Keysight Technologies is an active 6G-SHINE project partner and is developing a low-latency channel emulator platform to demonstrate the emulation of the channel models developed in the WP2 of the project. The demo aims to showcase the low-latency emulation of the channel model for a short-range industrial use case scenario at the FR3 frequency band, utilizing the Keysight PROPSIM emulator test platform.
To learn more about the 6G-SHINE project, please visit https://6gshine.eu/.



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Site-Specific Multi-User MIMO Neural Receiver

There is a broad consensus that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be fundamental technologies driving the advances of 6G. Within this context, the CENTRIC project’s aim is to research and disseminate the key advances in algorithmic and hardware design required to enable an AI-driven air interface (AI-AI) for 6G. The fundamental vision of CENTRIC consists of 6G networks in which the air interface (physical layer and the supporting protocol stack) are devised and optimized in an automated manner for each use-case, application, or user-specific conditions using the power of cutting-edge AI and ML methods. To make this vision a reality, CENTRIC has proposed techniques encompassing AI-based transceiver designs, AI-emerged protocol stacks and AI-based radio-resource management algorithms. In addition, the project studies hardware and software enablers, such as novel computational paradigms or the role of digital twins in supporting the AI-AI techniques. Last, but not least, methods for validation and benchmarking of the studied AI-AI techniques are as well in CENTRIC’s scope.



The TrialsNet vision is to enable the realization of compelling societal values and to improve the “leavibility” of the urban environment through the implementation of a heterogenous and comprehensive set of innovative 6G applications based on various technologies such as cobots, metaverse, massive twinning, Internet of Senses, and covering three relevant domains of the urban ecosystems in Europe identified by i) Infrastructure, Transportation, Security & Safety, ii) eHealth & Emergency, and iii) Culture, Tourism & Entertainment. TrialsNet deploys full large-scale trials with verticals by means of 13 representative use cases developed over wide coverage areas with the involvement of extended sets of real users in 4 geographical clusters, in Italy, Spain, Greece and Romania. To achieve this, TrialsNet designs and deploys platforms and network solutions with advanced functionalities based on dynamic slicing management, E2E orchestration, NFV, MEC and AI/ML methods to be trialled on 3GPP and O-RAN network architectures. Through its activities, TrialsNet pursues the objective to i) understand where current networks are not sufficient to assure the performance needed by the use cases,and to ii) derive the new requirements for next generation mobile networks.



Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking

The European Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) is a Public-Private Partnership that aims to facilitate and develop industrial leadership in Europe in 5G and 6G networks and services. The SNS JU funds projects that shape a solid research and innovation (R&I) roadmap and deployment agenda by engaging a critical mass of European stakeholders and facilitating international cooperation on various 6G initiatives.


TARGET-X: Trial Platform for 5G Evolution/h2>
5G-enabled Networking of Energy Measurements and Power Consumers

Energy efficiency has become a central element in modern businesses with energy prices rising and growing needs to reduce the consumption to be able to operate more sustainably in ecological and economic terms. Therefore, one of the aims of the research project TARGET-X (Trial Platform for 5G Evolution – Cross- Industry on Large Scale) is to harness the potential of 5G technology for the inline measurement of the consumption of electrical energy. Within TARGET-X, testbeds in the verticals manufacturing, robotics, energy, construction, and automotive are set up to showcase the industrial application of 5G illustrating the technology`s potential. TARGET-X also aims to collect insights for the evolution of 5G to 6G through the application in the different verticals. The project pursues a multi-perspective approach and is dedicated, among other things, to making the energy consumption of various industrial consumers visible by setting up a communication network consisting of energy consumers and energy measurement units. The TARGET-X project consortium, consisting of domain experts from all involved verticals as well as the telecommunications domain, aims at the practical presentation of first research results at EUCNC with demonstrators showcasing the real-time measurement of energy consumption.



Project overall results and demo on resilient cobot-powered warehouse inventory management through AI/ML Mechanisms

The Hexa-X-II project as EU’s 6G flagship project aims to lead the way to the end-to-end (E2E) system design,based on integrated and interacting technology enablers. Therefore, the motivation for the booth is to present first results, through videos and physical demonstrations, at the “System” and “Component” levels. The exhibits will be first showcases on how economic activities will be transformed, and environmental sustainability, inclusion, and trust will be achieved. The role of 6G, which is expected to provide not only communication services, but also additional services including computing, insights / intelligence, and sensing will be shown. The booth will show how 6G will meet the demands of various industries for extended/augmented reality, massive twinning, higher data rates, lower latency, energy efficiency, through novel network capabilities, the edge-cloud continuum, zero-energy devices, flexible radio design and network topologies, further virtualized networks, native AI.


6G Platform Germany

6G-Platform Germany Networking Booth

The 6G Platform Germany is the umbrella organisation of the German 6G program. This 6G program comprises four large research hubs, 18 industry projects and 7 projects specialized on resilient communication infrastructure. The 6G Platform Germany provides a networking platform for these projects, establishes liaisons with other 6G programs, and, in particular, aims to initiate a “match making process” bringing EU funded and national 6G projects with similar technical focus together. The booth is intended to inform about the German 6G projects and to facilitate contacts to other projects.


UK Open Networks Research

From Open RAN to Open Networks for 5G and 6G Applications – A Demonstration Exhibition from YO-RAN, TUDOR and REASON

Open Radio Access Networks (O-RAN), and in general open networks promise to significantly enhance hardware and software interoperability and help diversify the supply chain.  This is particularly important for future 6G networks, which will support a much wider range of use cases and operating scenarios.  This exhibition will showcase the research and innovations underway in three large projects, which are funded as part of the £50M (€60M) FONRC (Future Open Networks Research Challenge), part of the UK Government’s £250M (€300M) Open Networks Research and Development fund.  These university-led projects, incorporating both small and large industry, are researching and testing O-RAN and further open network based concepts.  They include both terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, compatible hardware and software, security aspects, standardisation activities, and novel extensions of open networks from O-RAN for 6G.



Network optimization and simulation of AI-powered 3D modelled Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces

Ranplan Wireless pioneer software solutions for the design, optimization and simulation of in-building and urban outdoor wireless networks. Our open platform simplifies network planning by allowing imports of geographical data, floorplans, mesh objects, and 3D building models from BIM authoring software. Intelligent automation and 3D ray-tracing simulations expedite the design process, expertly identifying potential issues and optimizing network performance for reliable connectivity. Operating from a vendor-neutral standpoint ensures unbiased representation of devices, components, and simulations, facilitating precise predictions of network performance.
Network Engineers leveraging Ranplan software have experienced a remarkable 50% enhancement in design productivity and a 30% reduction in CAPEX and OPEX. This transformative impact supports the swift and cost-effective delivery of advanced wireless networks, providing an unmatched quality of service for end-users and businesses.
Ranplan AI-powered Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (AIRIS) solutions integrate AI techniques into RIS-assisted communication, including RIS modelling and beamforming design, AI-enabled RIS optimal deployment, RIS-based coverage and capacity simulation for outdoor, indoor, and outdoor-to-indoor scenarios. This innovation presents a promising energy and spectral-efficient alternative to the active communication components prevalent in current wireless systems. It is the synergy between these technical capabilities that ensures RIS deployments are efficient, adaptable, and capable of meeting the ever-evolving demands of modern wireless applications in Smart Cities, the Internet of Things and beyond. Looking ahead, this formidable combination promises a wireless communication landscape that is faster, more reliable, and incredibly versatile, setting the stage for a future 6G communication where connectivity knows no bounds.
Ranplan is actively seeking collaborations with academic and industrial partners to strengthen its research capabilities, focusing on topics including but not limited to 5G/6G, IoT, UAV, AI, RIS, ML, data analysis, and ISAC. With a robust research team involved in over 10 projects with entities like HORIZON, UKRI, and Innovate UK, Ranplan is poised to make significant contributions to the advancement of wireless technology.



AI-Powered Network Optimization for 5G Open RAN Systems

Based in the university town of Ilmenau in Germany, AiVader provides innovative solutions that redefine network communications. Our team of internationally recognized experts is at the forefront of addressing the complexities and dynamics of the communication industry, developing next-generation wireless technologies that are both compact and easily accessible. AiVader’s product line delivers scalable and flexible solutions to meet diverse networking needs of private 5G networks.
The 5G-in-a-Box product is our portable and compact 5G solution, designed specifically for enterprises and research institutes to deploy a private network within minutes. At the core of our 5G network management  is the Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) framework, AiLuminos, which empowers operators to manage their networks intuitively. Our network optimization portfolio includes advanced capabilities such as network slicing, energy-saving features, mobility management, and traffic steering, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.
We are excited to showcase our collaboration with the Technical University of Ilmenau on the KIMA-5G (AI-based network management and automation for 5G Open-RAN) project at EuCNC 2024. The joint project funded by BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) and BMI (Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat) focuses on developing a cloud-based machine learning framework for coverage and capacity optimization in OpenRAN-based campus 5G networks, showcasing our commitment to advancing cutting-edge research and development in the field.



The MARSAL project targets the development and evaluation of a complete framework for the management and orchestration of network resources in 5G and beyond, by utilizing a converged optical-wireless network infrastructure in the access and fronthaul/midhaul segments. At the network design domain, MARSAL targets the development of novel cell-free based solutions that allow significant scaling up of the wireless Access Points in a cost-effective manner, by exploiting the application of the distributed cell-free concept and the serial fronthaul approach. In parallel, in the fronthaul/midhaul segments, MARSAL aims to radically increase the flexibility of optical access architectures for beyond-5G Cell Site connectivity via different levels of fixed-mobile convergence. At the network and service management domain, the design philosophy of MARSAL is to provide a comprehensive framework for the management of the entire set of communication and computational network resources by exploiting novel Machine Learning (ML) based algorithms of both edge and midhaul Data Centres by incorporating the Virtual Elastic Data Centres/Infrastructures paradigm. Finally, in the network security domain, MARSAL aims to introduce mechanisms that provide privacy and security to application workload and data, targeting to allow applications and users to maintain control over their data when relying on the deployed shared infrastructures, while Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies will be developed in order to guarantee a secured multi-tenant slicing environment.



6G networks, currently only existing as concepts, are envisioned as portals to a fully digitised society, where the physical and virtual world are blended via boundless Extended Reality, and also as an enabler for the Digital and Green transformation of European Industries. To support this vision, the network capacity must be increased at least by an order of magnitude, while infrastructures must be transformed into a very dense continuum. Thus, academia and industry have shifted their attention to the investigation of a new generation of Smart Networks and infrastructures. It is clear that to win this race towards shaping the next-generation communication ecosystem, a new generation of testbed infrastructures and breakthrough research and technology development is needed, as well as a new generation of testbeds to support future research initiatives. To this end, 6G-BRICKS aims to deliver a new 6G experimentation facility, building on the baseline of mature ICT-52 platforms, that bring breakthrough cell-free and RIS technologies which have shown promise in beyond 5G networks. Moreover, novel unified control paradigms based on Explainable AI and Machine Reasoning are explored. All enablers will be delivered in the form of reusable components with open APIs, termed “bricks”. Initial integrations with O-RAN will be performed, aiming for the future-proofing and interoperability of 6G-BRICKS outcomes.



In next generation 6G mobile networks, the 5G application types will be redefined by morphing the classical service classes of massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), to deal with more challenging applications (e.g., holographic telepresence and immersive communication) and meet far more stringent application requirements stemming along the edge-cloud continuum. These new applications will create an elevated level of expectations on performance, reliability, ubiquity, trustworthiness, security, openness, and sustainability, pushing the boundaries of innovation and driving transformational change across the architecture of future mobile networks. Towards this end, ADROIT6G proposes a set of disruptive innovations with a clear vision on setting a 6G network architecture that can be tailored to the requirements of innovative applications and match the ambitious KPIs set for 6G networks. More specifically, the key transformations that ADROIT6G considers essential to 6G network evolution are: i) AI/ML-powered optimisations across the network, exploring solutions in the “Distributed AI” domain for high performance and automation; ii) Transforming to fully cloud-native network software, which can be implemented across various edge-cloud platforms, with security built integrally into the network user plan; and iii) Software driven, zero-touch operations and ultimately automation of every aspect of the network and the services it delivers.



6G RIGOUROUS – secuRe desIGn and deplOyment of trUsthwoRthy cOntinUum computing 6G Services

The next generation of continuum computing services and end-to-end 6G Services unlocks unparalleled levels of connectivity and advanced vertical services by engineering every component and its attributes. As the next frontier in technological advancement, they present significant challenges in security, privacy, and trust due to the expansive and rapidly evolving threat landscape inherent in their complex and time-critical environments. Through this initiative, RIGOUROUS aims to identify and mitigate these critical risks across networks,
devices, and infrastructures in B5G/6G paradigms. RIGOUROUS is developing a Holistic and Smart Service Framework that leverages the power of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence mechanisms to dynamically respond to the constantly changing threat landscape across all orchestration layers and network functions. The new smart service framework is capable of ensuring a secure, trusted and privacy-preserving environment for supporting the next generation of trustworthy continuum computing 6G services along the full device-edge-cloud-continuum on heterogeneous multi-domain networks. This includes establishing compliance with the design of software, protocols and procedures, as well as AI-governed mechanisms to cope with the security-related requirements in the full DevOps lifecycle, from the service onboarding up to the day-2 operations.



Optimizing Supply Chains: The Role of Connected Platform Solutions in Transport and Logistics

The FOR-FREIGHT project focuses on optimizing multimodal freight transport efficiency with a commitment to sustainability in a competitive landscape. Current logistics operations face a significant challenge due to the absence of unified management systems and common interfaces, leading to low interoperability. Traditional practices lack digitalization and automation, hindering streamlined processes, compounded by sub-optimal resource planning and reliance on outdated information. FOR-FREIGHT’s open marketplace concept facilitates collaboration between logistics and telecommunications sectors and stakeholders. The development of solvers for the platform sparks discussions on the interoperability of telecommunications systems with logistics solutions, leading to standardized interfaces and protocols, streamlining information exchange, enhancing data visibility, and contributing to overall logistics efficiency. Our exhibition and demonstrations are designed to promote the benefits of the FOR-FREIGHT project’s platform and use cases, offering insights into advanced technology applications, collaborative opportunities in the open marketplace, and the development of interoperable solutions for the logistics and telecommunications domains.



Unlocking Tomorrow’s Connectivity: The ORIGAMI’s journey of Innovation

The emergence of 6G systems heralds a new digital era, where mobile networks become universal communication platforms, offering global connectivity to an unprecedented array of devices. These devices will require diverse services with stringent demands like ultra-low latency, vast capacity, and high reliability. Imagine a world where mobile networks transcend mere communication channels is not that far. That involves evolving 5G networks by utilizing new technologies such as Terahertz spectrum, Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for zero-touch network management. However, without substantial architectural improvements to 5G, achieving 6G’s targets may be challenging. ORIGAMI addresses this by proposing three critical architectural innovations: Global Service-based Architecture (GSBA), Zero-Trust Exposure Layer (ZTL), and Compute Continuum Layer (CCL). The GSBA will enhance communication across network planes, while AI-aided CCL will democratize computing resources and promote sustainability. The ZTL will enable secure programming of virtual networks, fostering innovative applications and business models. ORIGAMI’s focus on reliable AI/ML lays the foundation for a connected, efficient, and sustainable telecommunications future. For demonstration, we will highlight the benefits of optimizing network operations by intelligently matching functions and suitable hardware, seamlessly pooling computing resources across networks to enhance efficiency, scalability, and performance.



Confidential Computing and Privacy-preserving Technologies for 6G
6G infrastructures must ensure reliability, trust and resilience on a globally connected continuum of heterogeneous environments supported by the convergence of networks and IT systems to enable new future digital services. The substantial increase of coverage and network heterogeneity, raises severe concerns that security and privacy in 6G can be worse than the previous generations. The 6G network should be a deep integration of emerging AI tools, new hardware components and accelerators, compute and networking functions, IoT and edge nodes. Contemporary security obviously needs to be enhanced. CONFIDENTIAL6G emphasizes on privacy preservation and security of sensitive data by focusing on protection of data:

• In use
• In transit
• At the Edge

CONFIDENTIAL6G bases its research on 3 pillars: Post-quantum cryptography, Confidential Computing and Confidential Communication. CONFIDENTIAL6G will test and validate the developed solutions in three use cases

1) Predictive maintenance for airline consortium
2) mitigation of internal threats for telecom cloud providers and
3) Intelligent connected vehicle for mission-critical services and OTA updates



Future Forward Immersive Applications enabled by Iot-Edge-Cloud continuum

The next generation of Immersive Applications, encompassing advanced AR, VR, and Holographic-based technologies, often referred to as “killer applications” for the upcoming 6G, are set to revolutionize our interaction with technology. These applications represent some of the most demanding services, characterized by strict requirements such as low latency, high bandwidth, and reliable connectivity. Within the realm of such immersive applications, the CHARITY project is dedicated to crafting an intelligent and autonomous framework aimed at streamlining the deployment and orchestration processes. The CHARITY framework is tailored to span across the continuum of edge and cloud computing. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Cloud-Native OSS enablers, CHARITY ensures seamless resource provisioning, optimization, and enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE). Ultimately, these efforts are geared towards facilitating the widespread adoption of immersive applications.



5G for CAM in cross-border scenarios: 5G-ROUTES & 5GMED

To launch Connected Automated Mobility (CAM) services in Europe, it is essential to ensure uninterrupted 5G connectivity, especially when crossing borders between coverage areas. The ICT-53: 5G for CAM projects, namely 5G-Blueprint, 5GMED, 5G-ROUTES, and 5GRAIL, are primarily focused on validating the latest 5G specifications for innovative Connected Automated Mobility (CAM) applications, ensuring seamless functioning across borders under realistic conditions. The projects are taking into consideration technical aspects such as 5G network coverage, performance, and validation to support selected use cases, as well as business and governance perspectives such as harmonized frameworks for seamless roaming in the EU and national spectrum licenses. This exhibition booth will have the joint participation of members from 5G-ROUTES and 5GMED, where an overview of the achievements of such projects will be presented.



Field Trials Beyond 5G

Beyond 5G technologies are expected to contribute to ultra-high speeds, ultra-high capacity, ultra-low latency, ultra-multi-terminal connections and ultra-low power consumption. FIDAL aims to contribute to this future ecosystem by leading the way and promoting open architectures, large experimentation sites and taking a multi-stakeholder approach with the ultimate goal to provide a roadmap that will inform the broader industry, academia, innovators and key actors on the future deployment of Beyond 5G networks across Europe. Project FIDAL’s key objectives consist in extending and delivering: i) advanced future proof Evolved 5G test infrastructures, which will anticipate the evolution into next SNS phase, (ii) an open & accessible experimentation framework that will support 3rd party vertical experiments, (iii) test environments for rapid prototyping and large-scale validation of advanced and forward-looking applications. To this end, the demonstration of some of the most developed technologies of the project will represent an opportunity to showcase how the project is testing the exploitation of evolved 5G technologies with the aim to enhance human capabilities in the fields of Media, and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR).



GREEN and DIGITAL TWIN TRANSITION: Data-driven Distributed Industrial Environments (Made in Europe Partnership)

The EU Green Deal approved in 2020 aims at making the EU climate neutral by 2050. Policies under the EU Green Deal include, among other things: Sustainable industry, Building and renovation, and Eliminating pollution. One key mechanism to implement the above goals is the Twin Green & Digital transition which aims at using sustainable digital technologies to enable a carbon-neutral EU by 2050. 5G-TIMBER is a multidisciplinary EU-funded project applied across the wood value chain (WVC) to develop innovative and commercially exploitable use cases (UCs) for machinery and wood house elements manufacturing, construction and renovation, wood waste valorisation sectors for end-to-end wood value chain (WVC) ecosystem. The project builds upon 5G mobile communications non-public network (NPN) and Industry 5.0, which are foreseen to greatly accelerate digitalisation and circular development models in WVC. 5G-TIMBER combines expertise in wood material models, digital twins, precise positioning, AR, 5G NPN, etc. (which is reflected in the diversity of our demonstration) to help SME end-users optimise workflow, reduce waste and improve safety. The project aims to increase wood-based materials recycling by 50 %, manufacturing productivity by 15 %. Moreover, it will reduce the work done in the factory by 10 % and increase worker safety.


NANCY Project Demonstrator

5G Coverage Expansion Enhanced with AI-based Cyberattack Detection and XAI Capabilities

The open radio access network (O-RAN) is an industrial standard for RANs that specifies the interconnections and interfaces among various components towards increasing network flexibility and enhancing interoperability between equipment. Additionally, O-RAN facilitates the integration of network intelligence and programmability, by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and network softwarization approaches, enabling autonomous RAN orchestration. O-RAN is a critical component of Beyond-5th and 6th generation (B5G/6G) mobile networks as it is the main interface between the user equipment (UE) and the mobile network. Consequently, it is a primary target for adversaries seeking to disrupt communications or compromise data integrity. The utilization of AI techniques is a promising asset in detecting and addressing the impacts of potential cyberattacks against critical infrastructure, such as a telecommunications network. As a result, the combination of AI and the network status data obtained through O-RAN can lead to the development of novel countermeasures against cyberattacks. The proposed demonstration is an outcome of the joint research and development activities of the University of Western Macedonia, MetaMind Innovations, and Sidroco in the context of the NANCY project.



A 5G Experimentation platform for PPDR-oriented Network Applications

5G is the next decade mainstream broadband wireless technology and leverages the efficiency and effectiveness of everyday high demanding operations such as Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR). International Telecommunication Union (ITU) considers LTE-Advanced systems and 5G as a mission critical PPDR technology able to address the needs of mission critical intelligence by supporting mission critical voice, data and video services. 5G-EPICENTRE delivers an open end-to-end experimentation 5G platform focusing on software solutions that serve the needs of PPDR. The envisioned platform enables SMEs and developers to acquire knowledge with regard to the latest 5G applications and approaches for first responders and crisis management, as well as to build up and experiment with their solutions. 5G-EPICENTRE project demonstrates with first parties’ experimentation the interest of 5G and Network Applications for the PPDR community but also authorizes in a second step third parties to ensure their applications meet the PPDR requirements. Through the use cases realization, KPIs relevant to 5G are measured demonstrating the efficiency of 5G networks for PPDR



CELTIC-NEXT & Xecs Clusters, Eureka Funding

CELTIC-NEXT & Xecs Clusters want to use the opportunity of the EUCNC congress to support proposal owners in applying to their calls for projects (regular bottom-ups and flagships).



Experimentation with distributed Beyond-5G architectures within SLICES-RI

SLICES is defined and planned as a distributed research infrastructure, with 15 national nodes and centralised governance and a central hub. SLICES is a flexible platform designed to support large-scale, experimental research focused on networking protocols, radio technologies, services, data collection, parallel and distributed computing and in particular cloud and edge-based computing architectures and services. SLICES-RI entered the ESFRI Roadmap in 2021. The design phase of SLICES ended in 2022, and the preparation phase started in September 2022 up to December 2025. The underpinning of SLICES is based on the scientific excellence of our community and presents the articulation of the required technologies, services and the foreseen components including the reference architecture that will rule them all. The identified technologies are evolving around the latest trends in research in Digital infrastructures, as well as the services that can be offered over the top. The starting point of SLICES has been identified as a mixture of the most mature research infrastructures in Digital Infrastructures covering different resources, including advanced programmable radios, mature off-the-shelf radios, configurable wired/optical multi-Gbps transnational links, and a wide range of IoT devices backed by special purpose processors and vast computing resources.



Pre-Standardisation Insights for 6G: Outcomes of the Impact Assessment and Facilitation Action events

The transition towards 6G represents a functionality leap forward in communication technology, promising disruptive innovations and groundbreaking use cases. In this context, it is crucial to establish frameworks and standards to create a common technological blueprint for 6G. The “Pre-Standardisation Insights for 6G: Outcomes of the Impact Assessment and Facilitation Action events” exhibition is motivated by the need to share insights, research findings, and strategic directions that emerged from a series of events jointly organised by the EU-funded projects SNS-OPS and HSbooster.eu, as part of the SNS OPS Impact Assessment and Facilitation Action (IAFA). These events brought together research projects, industry representatives and standardisation experts working within SDOs to discuss the course for 6G’s development collaboratively. This exhibition aims to show the steps being taken to create a functional standardisation roadmap paving the way for 6G’s rollout.



6G-PATH: Implementing 6G via dedicated trials and pilots serving Use Cases through Europe

6G-PATH aims to help foster the further development and integration of new and improved tools and products from EU companies with the B5G/6G framework, while measuring relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) and key value items (KVIs). To achieve this ambitious target, seven (7) testbeds will be part of the project consortium, that will be used by ten (10) use cases (UCs) spread across four fundamental verticals, including Smart Cities, Health, Education and Farming. The context will be further enriched via 2 Open Calls during the project lifecycle, aiming to implement two (2) additional test beds and thirty (30) extra UCs.
A dedicated B5G/6G architecture will also be developed. The explicit aim is the provision of a unified “interaction point” for all use case partners, both the initial ones and those coming from Open Calls, “abstracting” the lower level and testbed operations through a series of middleware and backend management tools. This modern and innovative platform will allow the configuration of the pilots and their much promising experiments, the scheduling and execution of the said experiments in parallel with an effective and reliable collection and/or visualisation of all corresponding KPIs and KVIs.
With the aim of introducing and promoting pure 6G innovative features in the EU market, 6G-PATH testbed owners have already identified several “key features” (i.e., both technologies and services) that will be included in their infrastructures and act as “enablers” for growth. These comprise several modern technology trends such as, among others: (i) native Artificial Intelligence (AI), AI-driven networks, able to support options for an intelligent cross-domain continuum management and 6G RAN prediction capabilities; (ii) deterministic, reliable and high-resolution localisation services; (iii) Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTNs); (iv) Time Sensitive Networks (TSNs) and views for time-sensitive IoT-Edge-Cloud Continuum; (v) next generation of core, backhauling and micro-networks; (vi) E2E control programmability, extreme E2E slicing and resource isolation; (vii) de-biasing of metadata and co-creation, and; (viii) energy-efficient core and management platform.



European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby contribute to research advancements and innovation. Existing COST Actions in the field of mobile communications from both the research and the application perspective, will be showcased at the booth. COST is bottom-up, this means that researchers can create a network – based on their own research interests and ideas. COST Actions are therefore often highly interdisciplinary and are open networks, which grow over their lifetime. It is possible to join ongoing Actions, which therefore keep expanding over the funding period of four years. They are multi-stakeholder, involving the private sector, policymakers as well as civil society. COST funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination and communication activities. Our colleagues will be happy to welcome you at the COST booth ! www.cost.eu


River Publishers

Flexible, Attentive & Focused on the Excellence

We are a small publishing company with high quality publications, offering multiple publication formats (Rapids, monographs, journal articles, special issues), registered with IEEE.



The European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) is an international non-profit association representing and promoting the scientific, educational and technical development on antennas, propagation, electromagnetics and measurements.


6G Trans-Continental Edge Learning


6G-XCEL brings together a large ecosystem of researchers from the EU and US to implement elements of the DMMAI framework in their testbeds and labs. DMMAI (Decentralized Multi-party, Multi-network AI) is a reference framework for AI in 6G that will set the stage for global validation, adoption and standardization of AI approaches. This framework will enable the federation of AI-based network controls across network domains and physical layers, while promoting security and sustainable implementations. Research on the resulting DMMAI framework will enable the development of reference use cases, data acquisition and generation methods, data and model repositories, curated training and evaluation data, as well as technologies and functionalities for its use as a benchmarking platform for future AI/ML solutions for 6G networks.



6G haRdware Enablers For cEll fRee cohEreNt Communications & sEnsing (6G-REFERENCE)

In urban areas, 6G will need to rely on a sustainable solution to cope with the ever-increasing traffic demands and population densification, while providing disruptive capabilities like the materialization of the internet of sense. 6G-REFERENCE targets transceiver hardware innovations enabling 6G densely distributed systems exploiting Distributed MIMO (D-MIMO). To allow for flexible deployment, fiber access cannot be taken for granted. Synchronization in frequency and time over the air then becomes a key challenge. Moreover, improvements in data capacity are wanted, while also supporting distributed sensing functionality. Realizing all this functionality in practical hardware with low complexity, cost, and power consumption is a key challenge. We believe this may be possible exploiting cm-wave 10-15GHz spectrum. These systems face five fundamental challenges: (i) the need of accurate synchronization among distributed radio units; (ii) fronthaul data distribution; (iii) integration of sensing capabilities; (iv) low complexity/cost/consumption radios; and (v) coexistence with other services.



Net-Zero self-adaptive activation of distributed self-resilient augmented services

The architecture of the 6G network will exhibit a highly dynamic and heterogeneous nature, thus ensuring continuous security is considered a major challenge with unexplored pathways. When working with such a system, we could use the analogy of another complex structure – human body, wherein the immune system and the timely adaptation of muscles in response to external threats exemplify critical biological defense mechanisms. These mechanisms could potentially serve as a guiding paradigm, inspiring innovative defense strategies and mitigation tactics within the realm of 6G networking. By employing machine learning and AI, we can facilitate real-time security analysis and adaptation, analogous to the brain of a living organism. This process involves learning from previous security incidents, forecasting potential future threats, and adjusting security protocols to accommodate shifting circumstances. The system progressively develops the capacity to identify/respond to threats effectively, much like a living organism’s brain. The 6G network will be used as a ubiquitous sensor, blurring the line between the physical and digital worlds. As such, a breach in the security of the 6G network could lead to a loss of information, loss of control over connected devices, loss of money and property, or even physical danger to people



Shaping the future of B5G architecture and services for CCAM applications

5G-Advanced and 6G, as the next (r)evolutionary steps of cellular communications, aim to expand the set of supported vertical use cases and provide enhanced capabilities beyond connectivity. Existing and future vertical applications will benefit from their tighter integration with the network and the complete automation of network and service management for a paradigm shift from performance-driven to value-driven networks, aiming at social progress, environmental sustainability, economic growth and human development. Of particular importance are 5G Connected Automated Mobility (CAM) vertical services encompassing a broad range of digital services in and around vehicles, provided, enabled, or supported by 5G networks, including both safety-related and other commercial services.  Although significant progress has been made in this direction, the corresponding necessary configuration of the network and end-devices to support a vertical is a time-consuming manual process that requires tight coordination at technical and business levels across the verticals, the UE vendor and the network operator, and even the end-user in many cases. This hinders not only the greater adoption of 5GS but also the uptake of novel CAM vertical use cases and the digitalization (modernization) of existing ones. In this scope, the ENVELOPE project is focused on filling this need, prioritizing CAM applications.



Efficient confluent edge networks

The densification of wireless access points from 5G will increase in 6G, driven by higher data rates and more connected devices. Emerging applications like haptic controls and emergency response need lower latency and high availability, posing challenges for 6G. Extending high-capacity DWDM metro core networks to the edge is costly and difficult. Fixed wireless technologies in mmWave and (sub-) THz bands and FSO offer high capacity but face issues like blocking and weather-related outages. Combining these with fiber networks could provide an effective solution, especially with adaptive, efficient fiber systems. The rise of edge and far-edge cloud data centers creates more east-west traffic flows, needing mesh connectivity for better performance and reliability. However, edge networks are mostly tree and point-to-point for cost reasons. Integrating core mesh optical networks with high-capacity fixed wireless transmission could address this, using Optical Spectrum as a Service (OSaaS) for flexible radio and optical signal transmission. Confluent transmission combines RFW, FSO, and Flex-WDM fiber optics, forming mesh networks with high capacity, low latency, and energy efficiency. ECO-eNET will explore 6G use cases and key performance indicators using confluent x-haul networks and high-density cell-free RANs with CoMP and d-MIMO techniques, overcoming line-of-sight communication challenges.



Intelligent Trust and Security Orchestration for 6G Distributed Cloud Environments

A key prerequisite to realizing the full potential and benefit of 6G is research on cyber resilience, privacy, and trust. The most significant driving force in 6G will be the need for, intelligent, trusted, and secure management of services leveraging advanced networking and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
iTrust6G presents a Beyond 5G (B5G)/6G vision based on an intelligent fabric of technology enablers connecting human, physical and digital worlds. It proposes novel concepts and solutions, for a unified and intelligent security architecture for distributed network and cloud domains, capable of addressing advanced 6G use cases and applications, by integrating required architectural enablers for flexible yet cost-efficient deployment in 6G networks.



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