Matera enlists 5G for its future

Matera enlists 5G for its future

Matera Digital Week offers a packed 5-day program (22-26 June) dedicated to the technological transition in the Lucanian capital, in which the key words will be experimentation, applied research and scientific innovation. Within the event, which is supported by, six thematic workshops will be held with as many round tables on topics of great interest for technological progress, in the Matera area and beyond.

In particular, the morning of Saturday 25 June (penultimate day of the Digital Week) will be dedicated to the applications of 5G and to the grounding of this strategic technology: an opportunity to test and discuss innovative solutions in various fields of use, from industry 4.0 to telecommunications for the world of entertainment and cinema. The ambition of an event like this is to generate a constructive discussion that directly involves service providers and large and small companies interested in seizing these opportunities, in Matera and for Matera.

The morning program L he event, similarly to all the other laboratories, will take place at the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti (CTE) in Matera, from 8 to about 14, as mentioned on Saturday 25 June. We will talk about 5G from a technical point of view, but above all from the advantages that this entails both on the logistical and operational front. After the institutional greetings, space will be given to keynote speeches: the first will be held by Emilio Calvanese, who will illustrate how you can make the most of 5G and go even further, while the second will be entrusted to Kohin Hirano and will focus on AI for flood risk warning and communication. The round table will start from these ideas at 11:15 am, moderated by and with representatives of the Emerging Technologies Houses and local and non-local institutions.

The laboratory will be coordinated during and beyond the Digital Week by Tommaso Di Noia of the Bari Polytechnic, who provided us with some interesting ideas in preparation for the event: "5G is an enabling technology that fits into in a transversal manner in various contexts and sectors, from virtual reality to robotics to 3d printing ", he said." By exploiting this innovation it will be possible to propose innovative, more effective and functional solutions for digital transformation. In particular, unlike previous technologies, 5G makes it possible to fully exploit the potential of the IoT, but also to develop edge computing in multi-access mode (Mec) and bring quality to private networks ". Some concrete examples will already be visible during the morning of the laboratory, such as the aforementioned real-time alert system for the risk of floods, an automatic system for assessing conditions and the level of risk instant by instant. This analysis takes place through an intelligent webcam system and an image processing system.

The fundamental themes and the most curious experiments The effort for the use of the 5G network on a large scale in the Lucanian capital has already begun some time ago: projects started on the occasion of the Bari-Matera 5G experimentation have been carried out , where a series of solutions had already been proposed to increase the transmission speed, ie the bandwidth. "The 5G laboratory of the House of Emerging Technologies has collected this legacy and seeks to involve new industrial players to go beyond experimentation, grounding the most advanced technologies", explains Di Noia. “The aim is simple: to provide assistance for the networks of Basilicata, Italy and Europe. In fact, the action starts from the territory but looks beyond and aims to become a point of reference even outside of Basilicata ”, he continues.

In short, we start from the local level but the ambition is to achieve prestigious goals also at an international level. Fundamentally, the issues addressed will be 3. First of all, the new 5G NR (New Radio) interface, installed indoors and capable of guaranteeing higher bandwidth and lower communication latency than the previous ones. As Di Noia explains: “Everything passes through 5G: in any sphere and context, a high-performance network makes it possible to promote innovation and technical-strategic solutions. Without this type of innovation, the effort in many other areas is useless. "The second key point is the development of solutions capable of fully exploiting computational resources and adapting to the dynamism of user requests. From machine learning to deep learning up to to data driven approaches, the idea is to define a road map for future activities in the area. Finally, the third fundamental aspect is to distribute communication and computing resources among different service groups, in accordance with the network slice paradigm which provides for sharing physical infrastructures in such a way as to create virtual logical networks. The pursuit of this objective, in essence, allows the promotion of scalable, flexible, robust and highly performing solutions.

"The morning program focused on 5G applications will end with the presentation of a prototype made in collaboration with the Electronic Music Laboratory of Duni Conservatory of Matera and in particular with the masters Fabrizio Festa and Tommaso Colafiglio ", added Di Noia. “Using artificial intelligence systems and brain-computer interfaces that read brain waves, signals are processed with which a melody can be produced in real time. This is an example of how new technologies are able to provide innovative and interesting tools even in areas related to creativity and art, not exclusively at the most advanced frontier of technology ". This is how virtuous applications can be born from 5G in the field of the audiovisual and creative industry, where robots, sensors and objects communicating with each other can determine a very significant qualitative innovation, for new ways of making cinema "that pass through heavy and thoughtful use. of communicating objects, exploiting 5G for peculiarities that go beyond low latency and bandwidth ".

From art to creativity: the power of 5G and the look already at 6G Today artificial intelligence is forcefully entered the vast majority of sectors, creating innovative scenarios and a series of opportunities in all contexts. As Di Noia explains, “5G not only has to do with artificial intelligence, which has been my main branch of specialization for twenty years now, but it is precisely the enabling technology to be able to optimize data sharing, to promote software development and to process information quickly and effectively. In all this, the contribution of the University of Basilicata and the Polytechnic of Bari, and in particular of professors Gennaro Boggia and Giuseppe Piro, is indispensable in proposing cutting-edge solutions for software and testing of new high-tech infrastructures to Matera too " .

We will go even further. In fact, at Matera Digital Week we will also talk about 6G, the sixth generation of telecommunication infrastructure in the mobile network, a network with an even more functional bandwidth for technological development and digital progress in progress. “When 6G also has a good level of maturity, at that point we will see further applications, I believe without major upheavals. In fact, it is the same thing that is happening with 5G, which does not change anything but greatly improves the already existing application scenarios. I have always been convinced that new technologies come at the right time and when everything around is ripe ", concluded Di Noia.

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