Last Updated: 03/11/2020 09:20     Created at: 02/11/2020 15:25

On the 21st of October a very successful information webinar, on the recently launched PNT5G NAVSIP, Open Call was held. The participants received information about the Open Call, the requirements on how to apply, and various use cases that might be addressed by the Call.  
A total of 226 users registered to the workshop, mostly from Europe and Canada but also with a significant participation from the USA highlighting the attention received by the event at international level. The position of the participants in their companies was also remarkable, with 27% managers and officers, 16% directors and principals, and 12% in C-level roles.

The webinar started with the welcome of Pierluigi Mancini, Head of NAVISP programme, who introduced the programme. Rafael Lucas, Head of the NAVISP technical programme office, provided more background information on NAVISP and briefed participants about the Agency motivation to launch the Call. This was followed by the presentation of the various uses cases by relevant entities in their fields.
Karin Loidl, Technology Advisor for Fraunhofer IIS and representing 5G-ACIA, the Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation gathering the major stakeholders in this field, introduced industry 4.0 requirements across the various industrial positioning use cases for Smart Factories, and the high potential of the 5G local networks to meet those requirements.

Michael Baus, Project Director at Robert Bosch GmbH, focused on the requirements for the autonomous road vehicles use case and indicated that GNSS is today the foremost positioning source. The positioning features have increasing importance, and that 5G could have a more relevant role for automotive positioning by extending the coverage in cities and increasing availability, continuity and integrity, whether there is demonstrated technical evidence is and it comes at a reasonable price.

Cristiano Baldoni, CEO of D-Flight, discussed specific challenges and opportunities of accommodating drones in the airspace and the role of complementary positioning. 5G holds the chance of expanding the PNT capabilities to GNSS-denied environments such as deep-urban canyons or applications requiring high level of performance.

Ivan De Francesca, a senior network transport expert at Telefonica Global, highlighted precise time & phase synchronization requirements in 5G networks, as opposed to the legacy networks which require only  frequency synchronization. While some of the requirements are considered achievable with current technologies, the use of 5G in applications such as autonomous cars or high accuracy positioning services come with very demanding time synchronization requirements for which a technology gap appears to exist.
The requirements and planning process for submitting a proposal under the Call was presented by Alessandra Fiumara, manager of the NAVISP Element 2, who emphasized the implementation framework of the PNT 5G Open Call.

The presentations were followed by a session of Q&A moderated by Florin Grec from the ESA 5G Task Force. This session allowed attendees to engage with guest speakers and NAVISP officials to learn more about the technical and programmatic requirements of the PNT 5G Open Call.  Interesting questions ranged from practicalities about the availability to access the webinar presentations, to technicalities around aspects covered by the 5G in PNT open call, like the use of 5G to backup GNSS, to required timing accuracy for autonomous driving, to critical aspects of integrating drones in the airspace (like EU regulations), etc.  Furthermore, a significant number of the attendees leveraged on this session to make public their interests and look for partnership opportunities.

The recorded video can be found at:
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Link to the presentation below here.