The concept of an experimental platform and its example application as developed within the reserach hub 6GEM and presented also at the BMBF 6G platform event in Berlin will now be presented at this year's MobiWac symposium at the end of October in Montreal, Canada.
Radio spectrum in the mmWave domain and at subTHz shall be utilized for mobile networks to overcome the increasing network capacity demands. In contrast to conventional radio resources, a sophisticated control of active antennas is inevitable to develop these new resources. While 5G introduces beam management procedures rather for a fixed wireless access, support for user mobility is a major objective of future 6G mobile networks.
Against this background, we have successfully proposed our HELIOS concept of custom-tailored passive reflectors for enhanced urban mmWave network coverage. By means of a digital twin, our experimental 6G research platform allows for the evaluation of such concepts with over-the-air reproducible performance measurements at a larger laboratory scale. For example, the base station antenna’s beam may point towards a HELIOS reflector to efficiently reach an obstructed mobile device and provide an operative wireless communication link. A demo video of this concept with insights into the experimental platform and the digital twin as key component is available online.
On this basis, novel beam management procedures can be derived in future to enhance the efficient utilization of radio resources for an overall increased network capacity and lower latencies.
Former Publication on HELIOS:
S. Häger, K. Heimann, S. Böcker, C. Wietfeld, "Holistic Enlightening of Blackspots with Passive Tailorable Reflecting Surfaces for Efficient Urban mmWave Networks," In IEEE Access, vol. 11, pp. 39318-39332, April 2023. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3267676. [pdf] [IEEE Xplore] [Details]
Forthcoming Publication on Experimental 6G Research Platform:
K. Heimann, S. Häger, C. Wietfeld, “Demo Abstract: Experimental 6G Research Platform for Digital Twin–Enabled Beam Management,” In Proceedings of the Int’l ACM Symposium on Mobility Management and Wireless Access (MobiWac ’23), October 2023, Montreal, QC, Canada. DOI: 10.1145/3616390.3618282. [Details]