5GCroCo and 5G-Blueprint have a lot in common. Both projects focus on teleoperation and defining a successful path toward seamless cross-border network handovers. Both are publicly funded, which is one of the reasons why strong collaboration among them is of such great importance. The consortia are committed to ensuring that the EU citizens not only benefit from the projects’ end results but are also informed about the specific activities and the progress achieved to date.

 

Each 5GCroCo and 5G-Blueprint have only three years1 to address several technical challenges,  which  impede  a  smooth  provision  of  CCAM  services  in  cross-border scenarios.  Each  project  looks  at  these  challenges  from  their  unique  angle,  hence increasing  the  potential  for  valuable  knowledge  exchange  between  both  consortia. Another  highly  motivating  factor  is  the  geographical  proximity  between  the  Dutch- Belgian (5G-Blueprint) and the French-German-Luxembourgish (5GCroCo) 5G corridors.

 

Means of collaboration

To facilitate the process of exchanging know-how and ideas, the projects established a collaboration framework spanning several types of activities.

One  of  the  first  steps  has  been  the  appointment  of  Wim  Vandenberghe,  the  5G- Blueprint project coordinator to the 5GCroCo advisory board. As such, Vandenberghe not only the regular 5GCroCo Advisory Board online meetings but also participates in the 5GCroCo events, such as the demonstration days held in October 2021. Similarly, 5GCroCo representatives will also attend the 5G-Blueprint demonstration events.

Upon suggestion from the EC, the two projects held a joint teleconference to discuss the details of their respective teleoperated driving use cases. The valuable discussion has led to the invitation of the 5GCroCo representatives to the 5G-Blueprint Forum on Teleoperation, which took place on December 2, 2021. 5GCroCo was one of the three projects presented during the event.

5GCroCo  and  5G-Blueprint  also  support  each  other  in  their  communication  and dissemination efforts. The communication teams inform each other of relevant events and papers and cross-share each other’s articles and social media posts in an effort to  reach  an  even  larger  audience  and  raise  awareness  about  the  work  performed within both projects.

When feasible and beneficial, the collaboration and knowledge transfer goes beyond the  two  projects.  For  example,  5GCroCo  and  5G-MOBIX  consortia  have  regular exchanges focusing on service continuity for the 5G-MOBIX test site in Helmond, the Netherlands, which also benefits 5G-Blueprint.

 

Future plans

The  projects  intent  to  cooperate  and  liaise  with  one  another  throughout  their  whole duration. In addition to the abovementioned means of collaboration, the consortia plan to further facilitate knowledge exchange also on the technical and engineering levels using dedicated communication channels, as already demonstrated during the exchange of practical experience with 5G modems.

The  projects  are  also  committed  to  sharing  the  lessons  learned  not  only  with  each other but also with a broader community, including the standardization bodies in an effort  to  support  the  creation  of  a  strong  legal,  regulatory,  and  standardization framework  across  the  EU.  Besides,  5GCroCo  and  5G-Blueprint  are  considering running more joint communication and dissemination activities  in 2022, such as co-organizing workshops and tutorials, collocated with relevant conferences and industry events.

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