Standardization

LOCUS partners are participating to geospatial and communication standards development organizations. Especially considered within the project are the developing 3GPP standards related to localization. A detailed survey on this was conducted at the start of the project to identify potential areas where the LOCUS project could contribute to. The localization related study items in 3GPP working groups RAN1 (on NR-positioning enhancements) and SA5 (on using localization information for network management) were identified as highly relevant. As a result, two 3GPP focus groups has been initiated with the partners from WP3 and WP2/WP4 respectively to ensure that LOCUS results are based on relevant existing standards, and that the lessons learned in LOCUS will feed into relevant standards developments. Regular meetings are organized within the focus groups to discuss about potential contributions for Rel. 17 of the 3GPP, starting from the next reporting period. There are already couple of areas which has potential for LOCUS contribution in Rel.17. Potential collaborations with ETSI is under discussion within partners already involved in some standardization activities, particularly in relation to the standardization of localization related solutions for the COVID-19 track and trace requirements. In open source related activities, some partners are planning to use the RAN implementations of open source (OAI) to develop experimental set-ups and PoCs. The task lead will follow these developments and see if some of the findings in these experiments can be taken back to these open standard bodies to enhance localization related aspects of these open standards.