The interdisciplinary TARGET-X consortium of companies and research institutions from the fields of communications technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and information technology has set itself the goal of rapidly accelerating the development of 5G and 6G technologies: With the help of a so-called "Cascade Funding," also known as Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP) – aiming at distribution of funding - they are calling on technology providers and users to participate in the testing of new hardware and software as well as services and business models.
In two open call rounds and a transparent evaluation process, small and medium-sized enterprises can apply with their respective challenges on which they would like to carry out the funded research and development work together with the TARGET-X consortium. Applications for the first round, which will focus on the further development of existing technologies and testing of performance, will be open from May to July 2023. Projects will start in January 2024. For a second round, which will focus on validating the newly developed technologies and their performance, the application period will run from November 2023 to January 2024. These projects will be processed from August 2024 to April 2025.
5G and 6G user industries benefit from research funding
The TARGET-X partners have set a broad framework for the four industries for whose applications corresponding 5G test environments already exist in Germany and Spain:
For the automotive industry, for example, projects related to vehicular digital twins, cooperative perception, teleoperated and autonomous driving, and QoS prediction can be tested in real life testbed enabling the use of 5G technology. In the construction sector, fields of application in digital planning, construction and management of buildings are conceivable - right up to the digital twin of entire industrial plants and buildings or the operation of recycling facilities for construction materials. Sensor technology for monitoring energy consumption, controlling electrical distribution networks, and also the construction, operation and maintenance of energy plants offer further fields of application for 5G and 6G technology. Advanced developments in the manufacturing industry, on which the Fraunhofer IPT has already been conducting research for several years together with some of the TARGET-X partners, include, for example, the use of real-time capable sensor and control technology, edge cloud technologies and digital twins for robotics and machine tools.