A 5G end-to-end services operational framework has been demonstrated in an intelligent lighting system for smart cities in project MATILDA.

MATILDA, one of the 5G projects supported under the EU’s 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP), undertook the demonstration at the Politehnica University campus in Bucharest, Romania as an example of a use case that can be readily deployed within a 5G framework.

MATILDA was initiated in June 2017 with the aim to develop a holistic framework for the design, development and orchestration of 5G ready cloud based applications and network services over a sliced or programmable infrastructure.

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The smart lighting demonstration, one of five demonstrations in MATILDA, was selected as an example of a smart city cloud application. Smart city development is expected to gain significant momentum with 5G.

Drawing on learnings on network slicing from the 5G PPP SliceNet project, the use case was designed to implement three key functionalities, i.e. real time secure remote control of all the lighting poles on the network, real time and historical measurement of energy consumption and real time detection of malfunction, energy loss or energy theft.

“Targeted benefits included zero-touch network operations and cost efficiency, a faster time to market and the foundation of a marketplace as a collaborative environment for other cloud-native city level applications,” says Cristian Paţachia-Sultănoiu, Development and Innovation Manager at Orange Romania, which provided the use case based on a developed middleware for smart cities services running on a LoRaWAN network.

The demonstration connected 56 lighting poles on five connected circuits. The platform also included a billing component.

The next key step is to scale the solution, as this will involve both a transformation of the infrastructure provider networks and an adaptation of the operational flows.

The project also demonstrated the potential to easily orchestrate 5G-ready applications over a multi-tenant programmable infrastructure, partitioning the resources and topology with appropriate isolation to serve the particular purpose of a vertical client having specific requirements, according to the project review.

The 5G PPP, currently in its third phase, is an EU initiative that was implemented to deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for 5G as the next generation of communication networks.