5GMED: The future of mobility in the Mediterranean cross-border corridoradmin
5GMED project will design a joint roads/railways 5G infrastructure architecture in cross-border between France and Spain in the Mediterranean corridor unlocking roadways/railways synergies to accelerate cross-border large-scale 5G deployments with proven sustainable business models to demonstrate scalability potential.
The 5GMED project, with a global investment of 16 Mio euros of which 75% is financed by the European Commission, aims to bring a sustainable 5G deployment model for future mobility in the Mediterranean Cross-Border Corridor. The project will be launched in September 2020 and will be implemented until November 2023.
The services to be tested will rely on a broad range of technologies beyond 5G, including onboard sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing advanced connectivity services in a scalable and replicable manner across transport paths.
The infrastructure will support a remote driving use case, advanced traffic management, applications and business service continuity in railway, and follow-me infotainment both in highway and railway scenarios.
The use case demonstrations will be carried out in three small scale testing facilities in order to replicate real conditions. Based on the outcomes of the tests, final integration and validation will be carried out in the cross-border section between Figueres and Perpignan. It is a strategic section in the Trans-European Transport Network since it sustains 55% of the road traffic between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe and 65% of the rail traffic.
Europe has set ambitious objectives for 5G deployment in the 5G Action Plan in 2016, specifically for pan-European 5G Corridors for Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) in the 3rd Mobility Package of 2018. More recently, in the context of the Digital Decade Communication, more ambitious targets were set for full 5G deployment by 2030.
5GMED brings together the key partners to deliver advanced CCAM and FRMCS services in the Figueres – Perpignan section of the Mediterranean corridor.
The consortium, coordinated by Cellnex Telecom, includes 21 partners from 7 countries representing the telecom sector (Vodafone, Hispasat, Retevisión, and Cellnex France); transport and mobility sector (Abertis Autopistas, SNCF, Linea Figueres Perpignan S.A., Anadolu Isuzu, Valeo); technology and solution providers (Axbryd, Nearby Computing, Atos, Athens Technology Center, COMSA Corporación, Terra3D); consulting services providers (Eight Bells), research institutions (CTTC, i2CAT, IRT-Saint Exupéry, Vedecom); outreach organization for mobile and digital transformation of society (Mobile World Capital Barcelona).
The project is also supported by the public administrations of both countries including the Occitania Region and the Govern de la Generalitat de Catalunya, who promoted the 5G corridor from the start.
5GMED has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No.951947.
Estel Estopiñan (PR & Public Affairs Manager at Mobile World Capital Barcelona)