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Intelligent 3D measurements, analysis and automation for 5G beamforming solutions using Unmanned Aircraft System.

Branch: Digitalisation

Duration: 01.10.2016 – 31.12.2018

Region: National

Financed by: TEKES

Budget: 833 000 EUR

Further information: Marjut Koskela, +358 40 7299937,

Project Manager: Marjut Koskela


Centria coordinated IMAGE 5G project (Intelligent 3D measurements, analysis and automation for 5G beamforming solutions using Unmanned Aircraft System) aims to develop new intelligent 3D measurement methods for mobile networks by using unmanned aircrafts and to explore their uses and needs for the future service products. IMAGE 5G project collects Big Data, which mainly consists of RF measurements (radio frequency) as well as industrial environments, air quality and interference measurements. Tekes funded two year project collects Big Data and developes, analyses and visualizes 3D testing methods with six collaboration partners. In addition the project integrates the IoT platforms for drones, is looking new business opportunities and provides opportunities to test technologies in real field test environment.

Main working method of the project are field trials. The first trial planned to be carried out during the first year (2017). The second and the third trial are planned to be organized during the second year (2018). Target of trialing is to find new business possibilities and providing testing opportunities in the field trial environment.

This two year project is part of Tekes 5thGear program and project execution time is 1.10.2016-31.12.2018. The total budget of the project is approximately 833 000€.

Centria field test network is a fully working mobile network environment which has been used to perform several public trials. The environment has evolved according to the demands of each trial. The field test environment is a heterogeneous network build with commercial hardware and software components. Field test environment is located in Ylivieska town in Bothnia area, Finland. Network covers Ylivieska city center area with macro cells.

Centria’s team has a long experience deploying new technologies in field test environment. The team has performed several technologies, algorithm, testing tool, system, and application level demonstrations in the projects mentioned above. Centria team has world-class knowledge and practical skills for testing and configuring, as well as maintaining and building mobile network.

Centria’s mobile network knowledge and environments will be combined to expertise and platforms of 3D, virtual manufacturing and robotics in this project. The project encompasses key players for development of intelligent 3D measurement systems for 5G needs but also other perspective like authority and meteorology points of view are taken into account.

The project will exploit and further develop the trial environments from CORE/CORE+/CORE++ projects. The trialing activity will continue developing new and agile methods for trial development by conducting consecutive public trial demonstrations with new features. Centria’s 5G network details can be found in 5GTN+ project site.

The project goal is integrating IoT and UAS technologies into 5G and smart factory testing and analysis. Essential topics are 3D testing methods in mobile networks, analysis, visualization, collecting Big Data, IoT platform and UAS integration.

This project studies the deployment of digitalization in mobile broadband testing methods and tools. The idea of the project is not only to develop tools and methods but also 5G network features. The UAS technology brings new possibility to study 3D beamforming with 3D testing tools. The UAS technology is seen as an efficient way to perform field-testing because it brings new dimension to measurements.

The project will study possibilities to use IoT and UAS in industrial use cases. The project will look into possibilities that UAS brings with 5G in smart factory concept. The overall goal of the project is to gain understanding on how UAS can be used in different measurements e.g. environmental conditions, smart factory and future mobile networks. The project will study what value UAS and big data brings to mobile networks.

Marjo Heikkilä
RD -manager
+358 44 4492507

Marjut Koskela
Project manager
+358 40 7299937

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