5G-ERA (5G Enhanced Robot Autonomy) aims alongside all other ICT-41 projects to provide an enhanced 5G experimentation facility and relevant Network Applications (NetApps) for 3rd party application developers so as to provide them with a 5G experimentation playground to test and qualify their applications.

5G-ERA addresses the new challenges on experimental facilities for the vertical developers and designers in the field of robotic applications through the following activities:


  • integrating operational processes of essential autonomous robotic capabilities into Open Source MANO (OSM), ensuring the vertical specific adaptation of existing experimentation facilities
  • realising an intent-based networking paradigm by aligning the end-to-end (E2E) resource optimisation with the autonomous operations, ensuring effective policy to be designed
  • cloud native Network Services (NSs) on the experimental facilities will create, ensuring robotic applications exploiting Network Functions Visualisation/Software Defined Networking (NFV/SDN) infrastructures efficiently
  • extending the experimentation facilities into robotic domains thorough standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) under Robot Operating System (ROS), prompting third-parties’ experimentation activities as well as engagement from new players

Robot autonomy is essential for many 5G vertical sectors and can provide multiple benefits in automated mobility, Industry 4.0 and healthcare. 5G technology, on the other hand, has the great potential to enhance robot autonomy.


Use cases from four vertical sectors, namely public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), transport, healthcare and manufacturing will be validated in the project by rapid prototyping of NetApp solutions and enhanced vertical experiences on autonomy. These case studies can be regarded as showcases of the potential of 5G and 5G-ERA to the acceleration of the ongoing convergence of robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and cloud computing; and to unlock a next level of autonomy through 5G based learning in general.

BringAuto in the project

BringAuto is a leader of WP7 – Enhanced experimentation facility for transport. The purpose of this work package is to realise enhanced experimentation facilities for the transport and semi-autonomous control. A NetApp will be developed in the work package for the vertical sectors on 5G-ERA testbeds. The improvement of the system will be verified in terms of tests of autonomous robots for the last-mile delivery. KPIs will be measured from experimental facilities in terms of service creation time and from the delivery robots in terms of QoE on enhanced autonomy.


BringAuto’s robotic solution should automate and solve the problem of last-mile delivery in cities, industrial areas etc. Robots will be able work in teleoperated and semi-autonomous modes with reliance on 5G technology.


BringAuto plays an application role in the project as a use case of  5G enhanced semi-autonomous transport. The aim of this use case is to demonstrate how NetApps verify improvement of the experimental facility and also by lightweight onboard unit virtualization techniques for building a moving, app-based fog environment as well as reduced service creation time in the transport domain. Robots will be able to work in teleoperated and semi-autonomous mode with reliance on 5G technology. A new NetApp will be designed for 5G enhanced semi-autonomous transport. BringAuto also owns the vertical solution in transport at the end of the project.

Project Partners

  • Robotnik Automation
  • Cognitechna
  • eBOS Technologies
  • NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Brno University of Technology
  • OTE Group
  • Cal-Tek
  • Wings ICT Solutions
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • HAL Robotics
  • TWI
  • Iquadrat Informatica

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