5GCroCo (Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control) is a € 17-million European innovation action officially launched on 1st November 2018 with the objective to perform 5G connectivity tests and trials for the road environment in real-life scenarios. On 21st October 2021, 5GCroCo demonstrated three use cases in the corridor areas that connect the cities of Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg in France, Germany, and Luxembourg, traversing three countries, two borders.

The objective of 5GCroCo is to validate key 5G technologies in challenging cross-border, cross-mobile-network-operator, cross-car-original-equipment-manufacturer, and cross-telco-vendor scenarios. The project concentrates in particular on cutting-edge technologies such as 5G New Radio, service continuity, Mobile Edge Computing/Cloud, end-to-end and predictive Quality-of-Service, network slicing, virtualization, network support for precise positioning, and security.

Furthermore, 5GCroCo is exploring innovative business models. It will contribute to the definition of the necessary policy and spectrum regulation to guarantee the success of 5G for connected and automated mobility (CAM) services. The impact of 5GCroCo is also present at the standardization level for both the telecom and the automotive industries (3GPP, ISO, etc.). 5GCroCo is thus contributing to the consolidation of Europe’s leading role in 5G technology, paving the way for the commercial deployment of 5G for CAM in Europe and worldwide.

The results obtained so far in the project and through the three use cases show that cross-border/-mobile-network-operator handover works seamlessly and that the use of 5G networks is key to reducing the end-to-end latency, which is critical in CAM applications, such as the ones studied in the 5GCroCo use cases. Moreover, additional results show that, thanks to Mobile Edge Computing / Cloud technology, more stable delays can be achieved than when relying on public internet for the hosting of applications. Furthermore, a significant increase of the transmission speeds has been measured in the 5GCroCo tests and trials.

  • 1st use case: Tele-operated Driving (ToD)

Tele-operated Driving technically enables the deployment of truly driverless vehicles through remote operation of the vehicle from a Vehicle Control Center (VCoC). Specifically, a connection is established from the VCoC to the vehicle via a 5G mobile network. This allows the transmission of sensor data, in particular video, from the vehicle to the VCoC and control commands from the VCoC to the vehicle.

  • 2nd use case: High Definition map generation and distribution for automated vehicles (HD Mapping)

HD Mapping technology allows vehicles to collectively contribute to keeping high-definition maps up to date. Using the connection to a 5G mobile network, vehicles send map updates gathered from sensor data to a common backend, which takes care of merging all these inputs to maintain an accurate HD map. The reliable HD map is then re-distributed to the cars together with up-to-date information regarding lane markings, speed signs, and other essential information for the autonomous driving function in the car.

  • 3rd use case: Anticipated Co-operative Collision Avoidance (ACCA)

5G-enabled ACCA technology will allow for any occurrence of road event, such as a traffic jam, to be communicated to vehicles in the vicinity. As a result, corrective actions such as progressive braking can be anticipated to induce smoother and more homogeneous vehicle reactions in situations when typical sensors will have no visibility or a short detection range (a few hundred meters).

The three and a half-year initiative, which, out of the total € 17 million budget,  has received close to € 13 million in funding from the European Commission under the umbrella of the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), gathers 24 partners from seven European countries, including key organizations from both the telecom and the automotive worlds. 5GCroCo co-ordinates contributions from leading car manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers, road authorities, mobile network operators, telecom vendors, and academia.

5G Cloud-based Traffic Jam Warning

5GCroCo (Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control) is a € 17-million European innovation action launched end of 2018 with the objective to perform 5G connectivity tests and trials for the road environment in real-life scenarios. From 11th until 15th of October the project demonstrates 5G Cloud-based Traffic Jam Warning at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg.

The “Vision Zero” initiatives across the world, including the European Union, pursue the goal of no deadly road accidents. Up-to-date and precise warnings about traffic jam endings in conjunction with reliable communication technology can therefore be a service that significantly improves road traffic safety and minimize the risk of severe accidents. At the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg the 5GCroCo Consortium shows how anonymized status data transmitted from the vehicles to the cloud allows to determine the end of the traffic jam in real-time and transmit precise hazard warnings to approaching vehicles.

It is part of the overall “Anticipated Cooperative Collision Avoidance” use case that was developed and evaluated within the 5GCroCo project. This, and the two other use cases with “Tele-operated Driving” and “High Definition Map Generation and Distribution for Automated Vehicles” will be demonstrated in a press event on the 21st of October at the Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg 5G cross-border test and trial site.     

Next Monday 6th September at 12:00 CE, it will take place 5GCroCo Webseminar on Security Guidelines for MQTT Protocols, presented by Erik Wegscheider.

 

Abstract

MQTT stands for “Message Queuing Telemetry Transport”. This protocol was designed 1999 for machine-to-machine telemetry in low bandwidth environments for TCP/IP networks. MQTT started as a proprietary protocol, it was released Royalty free in 2010 and became OASIS standard in 2014. MQTT was fast becoming one of the main protocols of IOT (internet of things) deployments. MQTT v3.1.1 is in Common Use, the new version MQTT v5 has been approved in Jan 2018 and is currently in Limit use. This web-seminar gives an overview of security threats and common vulnerability patterns of the MQTT v3.1.1 protocol if you don’t use today’s state-of-the-art security features of TCP/IP. The web-seminar shows methods to put security into MQTT v3.1.1 protocol and pinpoints the advantages and disadvantages for each case that will be discussed. The target audience of this web-seminar are developers with a good understanding of TCP/IP and MQTT-protocol. As preparation we suggest reading Section 4.5.2 of 5GCroCo Deliverable D3.2

 Speaker Bio

Erik Wegscheider was engaged in military projects (DOD-STD-2167A) and was working most of the time for customers with attentions in data security (PII-data, health data). He has more than 25 years’ security experience with IT-Network architecture with deep Knowledge of IP protocols, in particular with Firewalls and other security appliances. Erik has best practice with security in data centers and field experience as auditor for IT-Security-Audits.

Registration

 

At the beginning of the September members of 5GCroCo team joined at Huawei premises in Munich to continue  with the second round of tests and trials.

 

5GCroCo has just released its "Tests and Trials Video at Small Scale Sites", recorded during the first round of tests and trials. The video can be watched here. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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