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Exciting Newsletter no.2
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EXCITING is a 24-month Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action launched in November 2016.


The EU-China Study on IoT and 5G (EXCITING) aims to support the creation of favourable conditions for cooperation between the European and Chinese research and innovation ecosystems, mainly related to the Future Internet and the key strategic domains of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G. EXCITING is implemented by eight EU and six Chinese partners.

Word from the Coordinator

Dear Stakeholders of the EU-China 5G and IoT Collaboration,
This second newsletter coincides with the first annual independent review of the project carried out by the EC. The project partners presented their first year activities, which have mainly focused on topics such as: spreading awareness of the EU's 5G and IoT funding programmes, collecting information about standardisation activities in the two regions, seeking out interoperability opportunities, and working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) describing areas of potential cooperation between the EU Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and the Chinese Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII). The reviewers encouraged the EXCITING team to use the second year in converting the promising initial contacts into concrete collaborations, and to closely work with our Advisory Group of experts to help achieve this goal. We are always open to receiving constructive suggestions for collaboration, whenever you believe we can support EU-China cooperation in the fields of 5G and IoT, be it in areas of standardisation, research, interoperability trials and large-scale pilots. We hope you enjoy reading about EXCITING's most recent achievements and upcoming plans. We look forward to working with you soon.

Martin POTTS and Kai ZHANG
Martel Innovate, Coordinator

Exciting Updates
Year 1 Review Meeting
The EXCITING Consortium had its first official review meeting in on January 30, 2018. It was an important opportunity to bring the project’s European and Chinese partners together and to present to the EC the activities that were done in the first 12 months of the project. Good progress has been made and positive results have been achieved. During the next 12 months of the project, the consortium should continue to pursue collaboration opportunities between Europe and China in the fields of 5G and IoT, engage with its stakeholders and develop outputs that contribute to the effective implementation of these opportunities.
Panoramo Tool
2nd EXCITING Webinar in April
EXCITING’s second webinar is set for this April. The webinar will be an opportunity to look into the project’s recent past, as we will be aiming to discuss with participants some of the key findings of the project thus far. It will also be an opportunity to explore the project’s near future, as we will be discussing the key challenges and opportunities for EU and Chinese collaboration in the fields of 5G and IoT. The webinar will involve some of the project’s Advisory Board members but will also be open to other external individuals. Follow the project website and social media accounts for more information including the registration link and webinar programme.
2nd EXCITING Workshop
Panoramo Tool
EXCITING’s second EU workshop will be held during the IoT Week Bilbao 2018, which will take place in Bilbao (Spain) from June 4-7, 2018. As part of the workshop, EXCITING is preparing a rich agenda with relevant discussion points for all participants. We will be focusing on ongoing and planned Large Scale Pilots on IoT and 5G in Europe and in China. We will have various speakers addressing questions of interoperability and standardisation, as well as a round-table discussion, opening the floor to the audience. In a second session, EXCITING will further explore interoperability, and will have a number of experts speaking on the subject. Follow the project website and social media accounts for more information including the agenda and speakers.

With the end of the first year of the project came the development of several project deliverables that we summarize in this edition of the newsletter. You can access the complete deliverables at the project website.

Future Internet research and innovation policies and ecosystems in China
This report provides a detailed analysis of China’s innovation ecosystem and identifies specific innovation support mechanisms. Specifically, it details existing policies promoting innovation; capacity building on innovation; China’s research and innovation capacity; existing support schemes and initiatives for science, technology and innovation collaboration; regulations and financial incentives that support innovation and internationalisation; and opportunities and obstacles related to the innovation ecosystem.
EU-China current testbed specifications
This report presents a detailed listing of existing large scale pilots (LSPs) and large scale IoT testbeds in Europe and China. Attention is also given to the analysis of IPv6 potential for Europe and China to help understand and identify the ongoing LSPs within the two regions. Lastly, the report addresses ongoing pre-pilot or large scale 5G testbeds. The outputs of this report will be used in upcoming reports that will provide a selection of practices and recommendations to be considered in future cooperation opportunities of LSPs for IoT or 5G between Europe and China.
Harmonisation of standards for 5G and IoT technologies
Two reports were developed that focus on the standardisation of 5G and IoT technologies, respectively, with a focus on the activities in Europe and China. The reports provide an overview of the 5G and IoT technologies, address the global 5G and IoT standardisation efforts of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and major international standards developing organisations SDOs, and provide a detailed review of the standardisation activities in Europe and China. Lastly, the reports also cover the activities of other international (SDOs), fora and initiatives.
Interop Guidelines
for 5G and IoT
Two reports were developed that provide an introduction to how global interoperability testing with a focus on EU and China is being used to validate research and innovation in the IoT and the 5G domains, respectively. The reports, with 5G and IoT at the core, identify the current status in both Europe and China in key areas: initiatives, federation projects, standards, platforms, key players, funding, among others. The reports contribute to identifying the requirements that have to be guaranteed in order to achieve the desired results in terms of interoperability. Furthermore, they propose recommendations and suggestions for present and future interactions between China and Europe.
ERICENA Workshop
The Chinese counterpart of the EXCITING project officially launched in September 2017 and is being implemented by the Chinese partners of EXCITING: Beijing Internet Institute, Huawei, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The main objective of the project is to support the cooperation between EU and China in the area of 5G and IoT, mainly focused on the areas of technology research, standardisation, testing, demonstration and industry cooperation. To achieve this objective, the project will organise specific events that will bring together industry, the government and research organisations. The Chinese project has a strong focus on R&D activities, which complements the EU project that focuses on coordination and support activities. Expected outputs of the project will include several research papers, development of new patents, drafting of standards, testbeds, and industry white papers. The project will run until September 2019.
Interesting Read
EU and China to cooperate on 5G through H2020
As part of its efforts to continue promoting EU and China collaboration, the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 included a specific call for EU-China 5G Collaboration (Topic ICT-22-2018). The challenge behind the topic is the demonstration of technologies and system interoperability for a number of core applications of interest in Europe and China. The scope of the topic is to conduct 5G trials addressing two scenarios: (1) enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) on the 3.5GHz band, which is a priority band in the two regions for early introduction of very high rate services; and (2) Internet of Vehicles (IoV) based on LTE-V2X using the 5.9 GHz band for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and the 3.5 GHz band for Vehicle-to-Network (V2N). The awarded project will be known by early June 2018, and will kick off later this year. This is another great example of the two regions' commitment to cooperation in ICT.
Interesting Read
EXCITING impact in the 5G PPP Trials Working Group
EXCITING partner InterInnov (France) has been a member of the 5G PPP Trials Working Group (WG) since its inception one year ago. It will now contribute further to the WG with a specific focus on EU-China potential trials and collaborations, on behalf of the EXCITING project. The general objectives of the WG are:
To develop the European Trial Roadmap based on the 5G Manifesto.
     To facilitate the involvement of verticals in the trials roadmap.
To discuss and define business principles underpinning the economic viability of trials.
To consider and coordinate the activity on trials with other relevant initiatives at international level.

To investigate and propose how to link trials to Horizon 2020 5G PPP Phase 3 in order to get funding for parts of the overall trial roadmap.

InterInnov co-champions the "international stream" of the Trials WG, where thanks to the results of the first Year of the EXCITING project, it will from now on deal with China, in addition to USA and Canada.
EXCITING and relevant events
IoT Tech Expo Global
The IoT Tech Expo Global (London, April 18-19) is the world’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) event. It will present the latest innovations across the entire IoT ecosystem, covering Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy, Automotive and more.
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IoT Tech Expo Europe 2018
The IoT Tech Expo Europe (Amsterdam, June 27-28, 2018) is one of Europe’s biggest IoT events. It will bring together key industries from across Europe and will explore the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Insurance, Retail, Government, Utilities and Automotive.
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The EXCITING project (Project Number: 723227) is partly funded by the EC and the Chinese government.

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