The 6G-SHINE project will pioneer the main technology components to enable in-X wireless subnetworks, short range, low-power radio cells to be installed in a wide set of vertical and consumer entities, such as robots, vehicles, production modules, and classrooms, thereby supporting extreme communication requirements in terms of latency, reliability, or data rates. 6G-SHINE will leverage the opportunities offered by the peculiar deployment characteristics of such short-range subnetworks for a highly performant yet cost-efficient radio design that brings wireless connectivity to a level of pervasiveness that has not been experienced before. 6G-SHINE copes with the topics “New IoT components and devices” and “New physical layers and associated protocols” of strand B-01-03 in the SNS work program.

The research will span the physical layer, medium access control protocols, radio resource management of these in-X subnetworks, as well as connection with a broader 6G ‘network of networks. The performance of the designed solutions will be analyzed via simulations and for selected technologies through demonstrator platforms. The project will result in a broad set of technology solutions that will be disseminated via scientific publications. Also, the designed solutions will be integrated into future 6G standardization development and will be used in future telecommunication equipment and networks. The consortium consists of 12 partners that together bring essential expertise to each of the identified technologies with a mixture of academic institutions and industry players with a strong research department, representing the essential parts of the value chain of wireless short-range communications.

  • Objective 1: Define relevant application scenarios, use cases and architectures for in-X subnetworks, and analyze related performance requirements.

  • Objective 2: Characterize the radio propagation channel in the short range scenarios and frequency bands of interest.

  • Objective 3: Design new physical layer (PHY) enablers for scalable requirements in terms of latency, reliability or throughput, tailored to devices with constrained computational capabilities by leveraging the opportunities offered by short range subnetworks.

  • Objective 4: Develop new effective medium access control (MAC) solutions for efficient multiplexing of diverse traffic types in a subnetwork, including deterministic traffic.

  • Objective 5: Develop cost effective centralized, distributed or hybrid radio resource management techniques (considering both legitimate and malicious interferers) in hyper-dense dynamic subnetwork deployments.

  • Objective 6: Develop new methods for integration of subnetworks in the 6G architecture and efficient orchestration of radio and computational resources among subnetworks and wider network.

  • Objective 7: Validate the most promising technology components via proof-of-concepts in laboratory facilities.

  • Objective 8: Create a large portfolio of technology components for pre-standardization, scientific publications at internationally recognized conferences or journals, organization of workshops in connection with high profile conferences, and submitted IPRs.
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