Altice Labs: 106th TechDay - “Vehicular Communications”

02/04/2020     Tech Days

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On the 3rd of March, the 106th TechDay @ Altice Labs was held, under the theme "Vehicular Communications".

In this session, we had the participation of Dr. Jorge Pereira, from the Future Connectivity Systems group of the European Commission and keynote speaker of this event, who in his presentation "5G for CAM: The challenges of cross-corder deployments" addressed the political challenge of the European Commission to launch 5G quickly, with funding reserves for areas of less interest in the market, namely cross-border areas. In this sense, an action plan and a strategic implementation agenda for 5G were drawn up, with some cross-border corridors already existing. The Commission further defined priorities and a roadmap for 2021-2027, including implementation recommendations, with the aim of creating new pan-european cross-border 5G corridors for Connected Automated Mobility (CAM). In his presentation, Dr. Jorge Pereira identified the key factors to accelerate the implementation of the necessary infrastructure as well as the challenges that this implementation presents, whether technological, business, legal and regulatory, as well as security, reliability, availability and responsibility.

Following this presentation was Dr. Rui Cordeiro, from Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal, for whom V2X communications are an extension and improvement of the existing sensors in the vehicle and will allow a safer driving for people. At the same time, they will contribute to the safety and efficiency of road traffic and the reduction of polluting emissions.

Next, Professor Joaquim Ferreira, from the University of Aveiro and an IT researcher, presented the PASMO project and its potential for use. This project is an open platform for experimenting with mobility solutions, where companies and public authorities can validate and try products and services in an ecosystem that mirrors the C-ITS and Smart Cities layers. To this end, it uses resources installed in the road infrastructure, in vehicles and in public spaces, and provides access to the platform and data in real time via APIs.

During Q&A, with a quite high participation from the attendees, there was an opportunity to clarify some doubts related to data security and privacy, protection against attacks, ethics and accountability in the event of accidents, coexistence of two standards (802.11p and 5G), and possible models both in the case of cross-border roaming and in the sharing of data from different sensors (vehicles, infrastructure, etc.).

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