On December 22, the City Council approved, on the proposal of the Councillor for Environmental and Digital Transition and Innovation Chiara Foglietta, the City of Turin's participation as a partner in the European project "TRIALSNET - TRials supported by Smart Networks beyond 5G".

The objective of the HORIZON-JU-SNS-2022 call, through the HORIZON EUROPE program, is to promote the experimentation of use cases for the use of the 6G network, demonstrating the potential for interconnection between the physical, digital and human world with connectivity and application services with additional performance compared to current 5G platforms and new scenarios for large-scale IoT applications.

TRIALSNET was the response to the European call, opened on January 18, 2022, by an international partnership of 23 subjects, led by Ericsson Italy and with partners City of Turin with Turin Museum Foundation and Piemonte Innova.

Specifically, the project will involve actors to carry out experiments through diverse and heterogeneous vertical use cases in key sectoral areas: Infrastructure, Transport, and security; eHealth & Emergency; Culture, Tourism and entertainment.

The City of Turin, in collaboration with the Turin Museum Foundation and the Piemonte Innova Foundation, will carry out 3 application cases.

The first concerns the creation of "Distributed Enhanced Tourist Experiences", which will pool innovative content produced in recent years in various European and local projects and allow citizens/users to access it on a single application on a distributed route in the city. The second, called "Parks in Metaverse", will demonstrate the potential of 5G/6G technologies for the valorization of historical sites, improving the visitor experience. It will be developed within the Valentino Park and will consist of an open and interactive 3D space thanks to the creation of a metaverse developed by a leading company in immersive digital technologies, a project partner (Crossmedia BE). Finally, Turin will be responsible for implementing the Metaverse Control Room use case. The developed solution will allow for the remote monitoring of specific city areas to enable preventive safety and security analyses and will ensure the creation of training modules within a simulated VR scenario.

The project, therefore positively evaluated by the European Commission and admitted for funding, will have a duration of 36 months, with an expected start in January 2023, and will be able to rely on a budget of 227,500.00 Euros granted by the European Union, in addition to the economic impact generated by other technological partners operating in Turin.