Concept & Methodology

Overall Concept

The 6G-PATH Project aims to foster the development of new technologies supporting 6G, both in close collaboration with other 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA) projects and through the process of Open Calls to engage European companies developing innovations for Beyond 5G (B5G) and 6G systems, as well as bringing new use cases and pilot sites to the ecosystem. Such technologies and pilots will be combined in relevant platforms to be used by a set of applications in use cases corresponding to the four verticals where 6G-PATH will be present: Health, Education, Smart Cities and Farming (in line with the Use Case Priority 2 of the Call). Such use cases and their corresponding applications will create demanding requirements from the platforms, thus requiring a proper validation through KPIs and KVIs. The work to be carried out in 6G-PATH involves the refinement of those indicators, which will adopt the work of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 18 as starting basis, to closely align with the standards.


Overall, 6G-PATH will build an extensive B5G/6G infrastructure where a set of core architectures and domain-specific capabilities will be brought together and made available for integration of applications and use cases of relevance within the four addressed verticals, to conduct large-scale pilots and trials. The results of these pilots and trials will be collected and analysed in detail, to generate appropriate lessons and requirements for future 6G communications, as well as to identify, characterize and refine leading-edge business models towards the commercialisations and exploitation of 6G use cases and technologies.

6G-PATH Methodology​

To achieve the ambition of 6G-PATH and deliver all its goals and objectives, an architecture for the project has been defined and will be fully developed. This architecture will aim at providing a unified interaction point for all Use Case partners, both the initial ones and those coming from Open Calls, abstracting the lower level and testbed operations through a series of middleware and backend management tools. This platform will allow the configuration of the pilots and their experiments, the scheduling and execution of the said experiments, and the collection and visualisation of KPIs and KVIs. The different features and Network Applications will also be available through this platform, allowing the use case owners to select between them, performing two different analyses, the performance of those Network Applications and the impact on their own use cases.

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