The European Commission has announced that a further EUR 100 million in funding will be allocated to 7 new research and innovation projects under its 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). The EC said the aim is to explore the concrete applicability of 5G technologies to real-world use-cases across various vertical sectors. These include smart manufacturing, healthcare, energy, automotive, aviation, railway, logistics, food and agriculture, media and entertainment, public safety, smart cities and tourism.
The selected projects include 5G SMART exploring 5G for smart manufacturing, 5GDrones trialling several Unmanned Aerial Vehicle use-cases, notably for public safety monitoring and disaster relief operations, 5G-HEART focusing on healthcare, transport and aquaculture and 5G-VICTORI focusing on transportation, energy, media and factories of the future.
Also receiving funding will be 5G-TOURS, trialling close-to-commercial services for tourists, citizens and patients in three different cities, 5G-SOLUTIONS, a project that intends to validate 5G provision of prominent industry verticals with ubiquitous access to a wide range of services, and 5GROWTH, aiming to empower vertical industries such as industry 4.0, transportation, and energy with Artificial Intelligence-driven automated 5G end-to-end solutions.
The EC said the projects are expected to be launched in June this year and will complement the three 5G cross-border corridor trial projects as well as trial projects selected from previous calls―Telecompaper