The research paper “Session Management across Heterogeneous Wireless Technologies in a Rail Transport Environment” has been awarded the 2nd Runners-up Award 2021 at the IEEE 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) held on May 11-12. The paper is co-written by Panagiotis Karamichailidis, Nikos Makris, Paris Flegkas, Thanasis Korakis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece), Anna Tzanakaki, Markos Anastasopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece), loanna Mesogiti, George Lyberopoulos, (COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A., Athens, Greece), and Christina Politi, Christos Tranoris (University of Patras, Patras, Greece).
In this paper, the authors presented a mobility management framework for supporting a 5G railway use case field trial conducted by the 5G-VICTORI project. As the train crosses heterogeneous track-side deployments, management of the established sessions is needed for presenting the hosted on-board applications with a seamless end-to-end link. A P4-compatible solution has been designed and evaluated using a scaled down version in a testbed environment.
This research constitutes one of the results of the 5G-VICTORI project. For more information on the research being conducted within the project, please visit our Publications page.
About IEEE 5G for CAM
The first IEEE 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility conference brought together a variety of EU-funded projects in the area of CAM, to share their experiences and present results with a view towards deployment.
In the context of the European 5G Action Plan, the mobility vertical, spanning road, rail, water ways and coastal maritime, including a multi-modality component, has been singled out as a driver of the European Single Digital Market. The main societal objectives of Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) are Safer Rides (enhanced road safety), More Efficient Rides (lower emissions and reduced congestion) and Connected Rides (infotainment). But the impact of CAM on jobs and growth, as well as on global competitiveness, will be paramount. This will be achieved by building a complete ecosystem around infrastructure, equipment and services on top of 5G advanced connectivity, whilst mutualizing the huge investments in mobile and fixed broadband. Considerable effort and funding (from Horizon 2020) has been put into large-scale testing and validation, and even pre-deployment, of 5G namely in cross-border segments of Trans-European Transport Corridors. The objective is now to move towards large-scale deployment across the Continent.