A Massive MIMO Enabled IoT Platform with Networking Slicing for Beyond 5G IoV/V2X and Maritime Services

The main goal of the SOLID-B5G project is to perform cutting-edge research and develop breakthrough beyond state-of-the-art solutions in orchestration, management and control (OMC) of resources, in the context of network slicing and edge computing based on massive internet of things (IoT) enabled radio access network (RAN) and core network (CN) for beyond fifth generation (B5G) Internet of vehicles (IoV) and maritime applications.

More specifically, the project has the following four sub-objectives:

• To develop ultra-low latency massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) based concurrent transmission mechanisms for data collection in massive IoT;
• To develop advanced 5G slicing solutions with a focus on OMC of resources and dedicated services for IoV and maritime services;
• To develop decentralized decision-making mechanisms by introducing data processing capacity and intelligence to the edge (based on edge computing and machine learning (ML)-to-the-edge);
• To develop 5G network slicing methods, algorithms and protocols and implement a proof-of-concept standalone B5G testbed which showcases the orchestration of RAN and CN based on 5G network slicing and multi-access edge computing (MEC) procedures. Two use cases, i.e., IoV/vehicle-to everything (V2X) and satellite based maritime low-latency services will be the target. Extensive experiments will be performed based on the prototype.

The Thematic Area addressed by the project is Area E: ICT. The most relevant key topics to this project are: ICT: Technologies and applications of Big Data and/or the Internet of things (IoT) for public administration, education, agriculture, health, banking etc; and ICT: Technologies, instruments and methods for software development – artificial intelligence (AI) & cloud computing.
The technologies addressed in this project have potential applications mainly to public transportation, maritime services, environment, but also possible to other domains like asset monitoring, energy (smart grid), smart city, smart agriculture, healthcare services and environment. For example, 1) protection of critical infrastructures and services (Area E: ICT); 2) Energy distribution using network slicing for smart grid and Vehicle-to-Grid networks (V2G) (Area A: Energy); and 3) climate change using IoT based data collection and ecosystems monitoring served by dedicated 5G slices (Area B: Environment).

The proposed partnership constitutes five leading research and industrial organizations in Romania and Norway and is enriched by two third-county partners in Spain and Canada, respectively. We will develop innovative research and development (R&D) solutions to foster the uptake of the newest 5G technologies and services in two envisaged use cases and enable upscaling and exploitation of beyond state-of-the-art 5G technologies from theory to reality.

The project scope is in full conformity with the EEA Norway Grants CRP
Call, aiming at enhancing research-based knowledge development in Romania through long-term collaborations with two Norwegian partners as well as two other eminent third-country partners.

Duration of the project: 36 months