EVOLVED-5G-Towards the industrial revolution of the 21th century

EVOLVED-5G: towards the industrial revolution of the 21th century

EVOLVED-5G: the European project that aims to achieve the industrial revolution of 21th century with smart factories, leveraging the immense potential of 5G through a brand new concept of 5G NetApps


Research staff from the Universitat Politècnica de València is participating in the European H2020 EVOLVED-5G project that will introduce 5G technology in industry, in particular the Distributed Real-Time Systems and Applications Laboratory (SATRD) of the UPV’s Department of Communications. The aim of this project is to make a very important leap towards the industrial revolution of the 21st century, with the arrival of smart factories, by the design, creation and use of 5G NetApps that allow to deeply exploit 5G potential.

There is currently great technological and economic interest in the application of 5G technology in the industrial field because it will be the driving force behind technological innovation in the sector.

EVOLVED-5G has a vision for a new type of 5G Network Application, that will act as a bridge between the 5G network core and common Fabric-of-the-Future applications, allowing applications to fully exploit 5G capabilities. This type of NetApps embrace the vision of the 3GPPP organization, responsible for making 5G possible, by promoting, designing and defining the specifications of this new generation of mobile networks. In this regard, EVOLVED-5G NetApps adopts the Common API Framework (CAPIF) proposed by the 3GPP.

EVOLVED-5G aims to provide industry with 5G technological tools and infrastructures adapted to production environments to facilitate the creation, testing, certification and dissemination of innovative 5G network applications. For example, this project will facilitate the creation of an application development kit (SDK) for 5G NetApps, or will provide access to virtual marketplaces to enable the distribution and deployment of these 5G network applications globally.

Towards smart factories and the Factory of the Future
The application of 5G technology will enable the rapid digitisation of industry with the creation of highly innovative technological solutions that were not possible with 4G or 3G networks, such as complex internet of things (IoT) systems, artificial intelligence and massive data computing in the cloud.

For example, with EVOLVED-5G and the applications that will be developed, factory personnel will be able to use augmented reality displays to perform high-precision work, fully guided and evaluated in real time. Also, through smart chat applications, any authorised person will be able to converse with an AI and access the analysis of business data immediately in an understandable manner without the need for technical knowledge; factories will be equipped with intelligent systems based on Big Data and the internet of things networks will allow, for example, production processes to be improved thanks to the analysis of data through artificial intelligence using the support provided by the network itself.

For example, it will be possible to achieve higher energy efficiency or predictive maintenance. 5G networks make all these applications possible thanks to their intrinsic characteristics: ultra-high-speed bandwidth, very low latencies and high data security and encryption.

Within this European project, the Universitat Politècnica de València (specifically the Distributed Real-Time Systems and Applications Laboratory), will lead the creation of guided courses for people interested in exploiting the possibilities of 5G applied to the industrial sector, in addition to other contributions in a variety of areas of the project.

This European H2020 Innovation project started in January 2021 and will be active until December 2023. It involves a total of 21 partners from 10 different European countries: Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Estonia, Estonia, Romania, Germany, Luxembourg, France as well as Spain. Led by Telefónica I+D, it brings together representatives from the industrial sector and research centres.