On 23 June 2021, ERTICO projects 5GMETA, 5G-LOGINNOV and SHOW organised the joint workshop: ‘5G: Challenges and Opportunities for CAD, Transport & Logistics and Big Data’ and shared best practices and knowledge on 5G applications across the automotive, logistics and urban mobility sectors.
Data has become an extremely important asset. As stated by 5G-LOGINNOV project coordinator Dr Eusebiu Catana, ‘Data represent the new kind of “fuel” in transport & logistics for the 21st century. Not only does data enable us to cope with traffic congestion, CCAM, and environmental challenges, but it also allows us to handle upcoming and future logistics capacity and develop economic and innovative business opportunities for regions, industries, SMEs and high-tech start-ups.’
Focusing respectively on the optimisation of sustainable urban mobility, freight and logistic, and on the use of car-captured data, SHOW, 5G-LOGINNOV, and 5GMETA are at the forefront of 5G innovation. The three projects aim to stimulate and facilitate innovative products and services, whilst ensuring data privacy, security, interoperability and ownership by using data and new, innovative concepts, applications and devices supported by 5G technologies, IoT, data analytics, next-generation traffic management and CCAM.
From data-driven services, to the development of next-generation of ports and logistic hubs, up to the integration of automated vehicles in urban mobility and truck platooning, the workshop offered a unique opportunity to learn about what the automotive, transports & logistics and urban mobility sectors have in common in their path towards a smart and connected future. To demonstrate the breadth of ongoing research into 5G applications, the projects presented their concrete actions, activities and 5G roadmaps through their respective living labs and use cases.
Thanks to the expertise of the three project consortiums, which gather very relevant and well-positioned European stakeholders from research and academia, telecommunications, RTOs, clusters, incubators and industry, the audience could learn first-hand about the status quo and future actions to integrate 5G technology into everyone’s lives. The three consortiums stressed that 5G could substantially improve almost every aspect of today’s society, especially when coupled with connected and automated vehicles. For examples, the good’s supply chain could be greatly improved by increased automation and remote monitoring and metering in ports and logistic hubs. Or, in an urban setting, 5G could support the integration of automated vehicles within the public transport network, making mobility a service responding to the needs of all citizens, whilst reducing the number of cars on the road. As SHOW’s representatives Dr Maria Gkemou – CERTH/HIT, and Pekka Eloranta – Sitowise highlighted, ‘5G is expected to play a crucial role in automated mobility. Still, there path is long to reach the maturity and readiness required to support safety-critical deployment for automated public transport, as well as first and last-mile mobility services, which are becoming an essential part of the integrated public transport system and will also help us to reach the climate goals.’
From data usage to improve collateral services, to freight and urban transport optimisation, 5GMETA, 5G-LOGINNOV and SHOW work daily to make the broad and cross-cutting application of 5G for the mobility sector a reality. Experts from the three projects keep their focus on the key needs behind further development in 5G:
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