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D.2.5 Final pilot test and validation

Sergio Morant

5G carries out a shift in the way the mobile service is delivered, going beyond current broadband usage. It takes into account the requirements of each vertical industry to provide a tailored service that meets the constraints imposed by the vertical industry. In order to validate that the requirements of the vertical industries are met, it is necessary to identify a set of Vertical Service KPIs that can be used for validation.
This deliverable consolidates the 5G EVE internal Use Cases deployment and execution, and reports the empowerments provided by 5G and specifically by the 5G EVE end-to-end site facility. The 5G EVE internal Use Cases cover the following vertical industries:
• Smart transport in the context of media content delivery on board high-speed railways and in the context of monitoring and steering mobility flows.
• Smart Tourism by delivering enhanced experience for visitors utilizing augmented reality services, as well as improved participation and engagement for professional visitors at events (e.g., fairs, trade shows…).
• Industry 4.0 in the context of autonomous guided vehicles in manufacturing environments.
• Smart Energy in the context of fault management for distributed electricity production, as well as resolving outages thereby preserving stability of the electricity grid.
• Smart Cities in the context of detecting and steering mobility of people in densely visited areas, ambient air quality monitoring and forecasting, using ambulance vehicles as communication hubs for transmitting patients’ vital signals and high-resolution medical media content.
• Media & Entertainment in the context of ultra-high-fidelity media at live events, immersive media, virtual visits, and multi-site gaming.
Each performed use case reported back to the site facility operators, which features and capabilities of 5G the involved stakeholders perceived as empowering elements, as well as which additional 5G EVE services facilitated an easy exploitation of the 5G EVE infrastructure capabilities.
Among the most popular empowering 5G capabilities, the use case stakeholders reported that Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), Network Slicing, 5G New Radio (5G-NR) and Virtualised Software Functions (VNFs) provided the necessary added value to perform the envisioned use cases.
Beyond the 5G empowering capabilities, 5G EVE offers an intrinsic set of features that enabled vertical stakeholders to easily exploit the 5G potential. Among these features the use case owners appreciated the 5G EVE experimentation portal and its capabilities for intent-based interfacing to the 5G facility services, the performance diagnosis KPI framework, the monitoring as a service feature, as well as service exposure that, albeit being quite a sophisticated capability requiring deep technical understanding, enabled a high degree of flexibility in the use of the 5G EVE facility.
Beyond its own inherent use cases, 5G EVE offered the infrastructure for experimentation to the ICT-19 projects (5G TOURS, 5G VICTORI, 5G!DRONES, 5G-Solutions, 5Growth, and 5G-HEART). Some use cases exhibited similarities with the 5G EVE own use cases, with the difference that a customer-provider business relationship could be simulated, hence the notion of pilots in this case. Additional use cases within the ICT-19 pilots included wildfire monitoring and disaster recovery, load balancing of energy distribution, smart charging in mobility scenarios, electricity grid frequency stability, connected worker remote operation and support, as well as aquaculture.
The execution of the pilots allowed 5G EVE to gain insights about how such experimentation services could be provided in the longer term, beyond the duration of the project. These insights are the basis for the sustainability plans defined by the 5G EVE consortium and which will enable further experimentation by verticals for at least 6 months after the end of the project.

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