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Outline of the Project

The mobile networking of people, but also of machines and physical objects is advancing inexorably, and 5G technology is in the global rollout phase. To provide highly reliable communication for industrial control systems, robots, autonomous systems and many more in the course of the digitalization of our society, further technical developments are required.

Modern 6G communication systems will enable safer, cheaper, more reliable, and environmentally friendly operation of many technical systems – for example in industry and transport. Future safety-critical applications require reliable wireless communication systems with short latency of maximum 0.1 millisecond delay and high reliability with over 99.99999% correctly delivered data packets. 6G systems will reduce energy consumption and increase competitiveness – in line with the European “Green Deal” goals of improved resource efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In production processes of the future, it will be necessary to ensure rapid and reliable interaction between robots or between humans and robots. 6G communication systems will thus enable modern industrial companies to keep Austria and Europe competitive as a business location in a global context and contribute to their digital autonomy. Reliable real-time wireless communication links will be a crucial foundation to public transportation systems that help reduce CO2 emissions. Through them, it is possible to replace today’s expensive wired security systems in rail transport with more cost-effective wireless communication links. The new 6G communication systems will be crucial for the operation or revitalization of previously uneconomical branch lines, as the operation of trains can be realized autonomously and safely with their help. This contributes to an increase in public mobility in rural areas and reduces individual traffic.

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we will investigate
the following new technologies:

  • distributed wide apertures massive MIMO systems
  • quantum sensors for energy-saving radio signal detection
  • energy efficient radio signal generation and processing ( 1 bit AD and DA conversion)
  • semi passive reflective intelligent surfaces
  • vehicular mmWave communication and sensing systems

combining empirical evidence obtained by advanced radio measurement systems with theoretical advances in signal processing and machine learning. Selected results will be explored in real-time experiments on a software defined radio (SDR) testbed.

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