Media and Event production via Resilient Communication on IoT Infrastructure

Project description
The MERCI project aims to develop innovative solutions for private 5G networks based on or complemented by DECT-2020 NR. This will be done through cooperative integration of the media & event sector, manufacturing/producing content up to distribution to the audience with the (industrial) IoT sector, as it is known that both application areas have similar interests and needs. They may co-exist or are even used together in certain scenarios. An envisaged scenario is an event content production (including audio and video) based on nomadic DECT-2020 NR devices that are advantageously integrated into the DECT-2020 NR IoT infrastructure such as lighting or HVAC systems of a venue or site (e.g. sports arena, conference centre, theatre, studio). This also enables further integrations such as ambience (room temperature, wind, fog), stage automation and lighting effects for immersive experiences.
DECT-2020 NR is internationally recognised by the ITU-R as IMT-2020 (5G) standard for URLLC and mMTC, while also enabling reliable broadband communications.
As an open ETSI standard living the 5G/6G vision, DECT-2020 NR can be one of the key innovation drivers for more economic and technological sovereignty in Europe. 5G private networks will be possible for everyone, even in dense deployments without business difficulties and economic burdens, so they can really contribute to productivity gains through industry-driven, flexible implementation of value-added and sustainable solutions. The MERCI project aims to contribute significantly to this vision.

Germany: Sennheiser, RFmondial, R3 Solutions, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
France: Ateme, Vitec, Wirepas, CITC

5G, Private Networks, DECT-2020, NR+, Media Industry, Event Industry, Industrial IoT, Infrastructure, Technology, Sovereignty

November 2022 – April 2025

Total funds: 5,5 m. €
Funding amount: 3,0 m. €