Call for Applications: 5G applications

Ideas must use satellite or space-based data as well as 5G technology.
Application Deadline in 11 days

Groningen, the Netherlands, is being transformed into the ultimate 5G testing ground. Managed by the EBG, entrepreneurs, non-profit organisations, and experts are being invited to test 5G applications in a dedicated initiative called 5Groningen. The 5G fieldlab is founded by some renowned telecom operators (KPN, Vodafone) and manufacturers (Ericsson, Huawei), together with research institutes like TNO and the Groningen university.
 
ESA Business Applications (BA) has partnered with 5Groningen to fund selected activities pursuing innovative space-based applications developments leveraging on the deployment of 5G networks. Organisations from member states (listed below) are invited to submit proposals for services that use 5G and satellite technologies. Chosen ideas will then be welcome to test their concept using 5Groningen field-lab and test areas in the Groningen region to pilot their idea and to receive funding from ESA. 
 

Space-enabled 5G can offer a multitude of benefits for numerous sectors. Here are areas that can be addressed: 

Agriculture
Geo-referenced satellite images and ground sensors can monitor crop health by using high-speed 5G networks to rapidly analyse huge volumes of data. 

Healthcare
Doctors making long-distance diagnoses can benefit from reliable communications via satellite and the ability to receive patient images in real time via 5G connection.

Environment
Satellite data complemented by in-situ measurements can help to monitor quality of the environment, manage the landscape and water levels, and improve resilience to disasters. 

Transport
5G mobile connectivity and satellite coverage will improve data distribution to connected devices in the maritime, road, rail and aviation sectors. Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication requires uninterrupted coverage and redundancy, which can be supplied more economically with the help of satellites.

Energy
5G and space-based technologies will help unleash the next wave of smart grid features. Devices can be integrated into the grid through low cost connections and accurately monitored to support better forecasting of energy needs.

Dateline for submission: 26 October 2019
 
Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

Illustration Photo: Sentinel-2A takes us over central-eastern Brazil – more specifically where the Bahia, Tocantins and Goiás states meet. Here we can see a large, flat plateau blanked with fields benefiting from rich soils and an apparent abundance of water, before falling off into a green, hilly valley (left). A distinctive feature in this image is the circles – mainly at the centre. These shapes were created by a central-pivot irrigation system, where a long water pipe rotates around a well at the centre of each plot. The varying colours show different types of crop, or different stages of growth. (Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA , CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

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