Zero-enabling smart networked control framework for agile cyber physical production systems of systems (Zero-SWARM), is a project with a total public private investment of almost €10 million launched on the 1st June 2022, aiming to accelerate the uptake of advanced 5G technologies by European manufacturing sector. The project mission is to achieve climate neutral and digitized production via a multidisciplinary, humancentric, objective oriented innovative approach resulting in technical solutions for open swarm framework, non-public 5G network, active information continuum and digital twin. In essence, it establishes a unique forum where separately maturing technologies of 5G and cloud-edge continuum, data technologies and analysis (including data spaces and GAIA-X) and operational technology (automation and agility) break their siloes to co-design and co-create through 10 trials. It will showcase key achievements such as smart assembly, sustainable powertrains, improved resilience with remote operation, 5G powered programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for real time distributed control systems, safe and autonomous transport of goods in factory, 5G enabled process aware Automated guided vehicles (AGVs), plug & connect 5G for industry, mobile intelligent agents for zero plastic waste, smart maintenance and optimization, remote quality control for zero defect resilient manufacturing. The project includes 3 testbed groups (in the north, center and south of Europe)with industrial test facilities from previous public/private investments co/creating with reputable industry players. Aligned with the technical activities, Zero-SWARM includes a tailored engagement program towards a wide audience, including collaboration with Digital Innovation Hubs and key initiatives in Europe. In addition, open innovation practices involve industry players as clients of developed technologies via Zero-SWARM community with 400 users and the expression of interest mechanism.
The 30-month initiative, which has received close to €8 million contribution from the European Commission, is coordinated by the Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (CERTH), a non-profit research and innovation center located in Athens, Greece. Dr. Anastasios Drosou, Principal Researcher at CERTH with years of experience in ICT sector will be the coordinator of Zero-SWARM. Dr. Pouria Sayyad Khodashenas, 5.5G / 6G Expert at Huawei Technologies Sweden, specialist on the Industry4.0 green & digital transformation will be the technical manager of the project. Mr. Nicola Ciulli, from Nextworks, will play the role of Zero-SWARM exploitation and innovation manager. Zero-SWARM community is managed by FundingBox, the Europe's Largest Deep Tech Funding Ecosystem.
Neutroon will be among 27 organizations with complementary expertise and skills from 10 European countries working on the Zero-SWARM project and henceforth prioritizing such inline with the European Union as the Green Deal and A Europe fit for the digital age. The project partners are, CERTH from Greece; Huawei, Lulea University, from Sweden; ABB, Visual Components, AALTO University, from Finland; nxtControl from Austria; Reepack, Technology Transfer System, Research Wings, Nextworks, from Italy; SICK, Opticoms, EICe, Fraunhofer, RWTH Aachen University, SMS Digital, International Data Spaces Association, from Germany; Accelleran from Belgium; Ubiwhere from Portugal; FundingBox from Poland; AIMEN, Innovalia, S21Sec, i2CAT, Universidad Miguel Hernández, and ourselves.
Our main contribution in Zero-SWARM will be focused on supporting the development, implementation, and further testing of zero-touch and AI-enabled operations management in 5G NPN, integration of multi radio access technologies and aggregation between 5G NR and Wi-Fi 6 for reaching higher throughputs or enabling smarter QoS policies to guarantee service levels with direct impact on the manufacturing assets.
The consortium aims to contribute to the consolidation of Europe’s leading role on sustainable data-driven manufacturing arena, paving the way for boosting the European innovation capacity and creating new market opportunities.
The Neutroon Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solution is a cloud-based management and orchestration software that allows your company to control multiple private 5G networks supporting multiple vendors and technologies including LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi and adjust it based on your company’s needs all from one single place.