Three research and development centers where experimentation is carried out on technologies related to the broadband sector, in which data transmission methods based on new materials and photonics are tested. Where above all we work on new services related to 5G, the new generation super-fast networks, and also to 6G, “technology that will be able to enable the so-called Internet of the senses. Whenever there is a technological transition the question is always the same: what do I do with it? This is why it is important to work on the services that new technologies can offer. ”The words of Alessandro Pane, Research and Development Director of Ericsson in Italy.
We are talking about the Swedish company, which last week held its annual Ericsson R&D Day: 700 researchers to take stock of the results and developments of the company’s three research centers: Genoa, Pisa and Pagani (in the province of Salerno).
“These are realities close to research centers and universities,” Pane always said. Which means to dialogue with the territory. And with companies. Because “anchoring with the territory and collaboration with innovative startups and SMEs” is fundamental.
Photonic transmission and the use of graphene
Meanwhile, some data also emerged from the meeting, useful for understanding what sectors the Swedish company is investing in. We are talking about “patents on the use of new materials such as graphene, which has superior characteristics to silicon and better performances also in terms of sustainability”.
We are talking about patents on “security. The cloud is very flexible, but it increases the vulnerability of the network to hacker and malicious attacks” and “patents with systems that include Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to make the machine learn what the events are. considered malicious, filter attacks and collaborate with humans. ” Patents? Yes there is also a number. 750 in twenty years (1 every 10 days).
Technologies for everyone
We are talking about 5G and 6G, technologies that know of the future, which also fascinate. Yeah, but when will they be with us? Pane spoke of development like a ‘leopard spot’. Gaming, for example, is one of the most advanced sectors in this sense.
“Other sectors, such as medical, are advancing. In a few years we will begin to see an important use of 5G”. A few examples? Pane spoke of “intelligent ambulances. Already with a call to 118 the patient will provide his biometric data of the moment before arriving at the hospital, giving the doctor useful suggestions. I hope – he also said – that there is a push on digitization, industry, and sustainability. We cannot wait: these are projects that, given the PNRR, we must implement “.
Here Genoa, drones for road monitoring
As part of the “5G SmartG” project, for safe road infrastructures in Genoa, Ericsson researchers equipped a drone with 5G technology for the remote monitoring of roads and bridges and the collection of information.
Specifically, the characteristics of low latency and high transmission capacity of HD video of a commercial 5G network and advanced algorithms for Artificial Intelligence are exploited. What about innovation? The drone modulated the data transmission capacity based on what was detected, “then thanks to the blockchain we have ensured that data transmission takes place in a non-hackable way.
Here Turin: the orchestra aligned thanks to 5G
The first itinerant 5G concert in the world was staged in Turin. Musicians and actors performed from different points in the city of Turin, including Palazzo Madama and Piazza Castello, giving life to a synchronized artistic exhibition.
The 5G network consistently guaranteed high speeds and very low latencies, to ensure simultaneous transmission of various high-definition video streams from the cameras to the central control room. The 5G coverage inside Palazzo Madama was created through a personalized design and non-invasive equipment, covering the entire area without any aesthetic impact.
Here Ferrara: the remote reading service
The project is called The Storytellers Project and revolves around a tool dedicated ‘to children’. In fact, it is about “telling a fairy tale in an innovative way thanks to a sort of ‘bell’ that generates a request for information that travels safely on the 5G network. The child connects with the volunteers who tell the story to the child. The bell can also accompany the child who can be followed in study and games “.
How does it work? The child borrows the “bell” from the library, his name is Storybell, which he can ring when he wants to hear a story. In this way a phone call is directed to available readers, until the first one answers and becomes that child’s “storyteller” for that reading. From then on, people can talk to each other in real time through the bell. The project aims to support intergenerational relationships and has received funds from the European Designscapes project for idea development and prototyping.
Here Castel Volturno: sport, inclusion and 5G
Tam Tam Basketball is a non-profit association formed by the children of immigrants born in Italy but without citizenship. The aim of the Castel Volturno amateur sports association, managed by former basketball player Massimo Antonelli, is to generate a positive impact on the lives of boys and girls, with particular attention to social inclusion through sport.
The Ericsson researchers of Genoa and Pagani have put their skills in the field of analytics and data transmission on the cellular network in place to detect the main physiological parameters of the players, as well as data relating to movements, posture and shots. The data, collected through a harness equipped with sensors and HD cameras, is transmitted to an edge cloud infrastructure via the 5G network, then processed and displayed in a dashboard that allows players to monitor their performance and constantly improve.
Here Lioni (Avellino): the village 4.0 project
The Borgo 4.0 project is a Smart City project underway in Lioni, in the province of Avellino, where a technological experimentation laboratory for smart mobility in a real environment will be built. Here we are talking about solutions, Pane always explained, “of industry 4.0 and also of a civil research area: with territorial control systems, security, prevention and monitoring using IoT. The safety of objects and people is essential to make these projects that can be used within a community – said the Research and Development Director of Ericsson in Italy – are our next to come “.