ENVELOPE

About

ENVELOPE project is funded under the HORIZON-JU-SNS-2023 call, specifically under the topic HORIZON-JU-SNS-2023-STREAM-D-01-01. It is classified as a HORIZON JU Innovation Action and is managed by the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking. The project duration is 36 months, starting on January 1, 2024, and ending on December 31, 2026.

ENVELOPE will capitalise on the expertise and advancements garnered from two preceding SNS Stream C projects, namely 6G-BRICKS and 6G-SANDBOX, along with the operational insights derived from managing large-scale trials and open call projects through the SNS Stream D project FIDAL.

The objective is to establish a unified experimentation framework geared towards achieving stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Key Value Indicators (KVIs) characteristic of Beyond 5G (B5G) systems.

Initially, the experimentation framework and primary innovations developed within the project will undergo validation in laboratory settings owned by key consortium members including ICCS, LINKS, TNO, ISI, and NCSRD. Following successful in-lab validation, ENVELOPE will proceed to validate its Use Cases (UCs) through large-scale trials conducted across the three designated trial sites in Italy, the Netherlands, and Greece. These trials will be supported by European telecom operators, vendors, and vehicle providers/OEMs.

Objectives

The project’s objectives entail the advancement of the capabilities of cellular communications – 5G-Advanced and beyond – to support a wide range of vertical use cases, with a particular focus on CAM and ITS services, while promoting modularity, efficiency, and reusability across different vertical domains. The three designated trial sites will be used as test beds for CAM services and beyond, implementing functionalities tailored to CAM services and advanced exposure capabilities.

Architecture

The ENVELOPE architecture is envisioned to serve as a cover that can accommodate and support any type of vertical service. It aims to provide interfaces that expose network capabilities to verticals, provide information to the network, and enable verticals to dynamically request and modify certain network aspects in an open, transparent, and semi-automated manner.

Consortium

The ENVELOPE consortium counts 23 partners from 10 European countries. ICCS is the coordinator of the Project.