The City of L’Aquila as a Living Lab: The INCIPICT Project and the 5G Trial

  • Fabio FranchiEmail author
  • Fabio Graziosi
  • Andrea Marotta
  • Claudia Rinaldi
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


The city of L’Aquila is one of the five Italian cities selected by the Italian Government to host the 5G experimentation. This city has the specificity of being a “living lab,” because it is currently passing through the reconstruction process after the earthquake of 2009, thus offering a “green field” scenario to the scientific community. This process is led according to the innovative paradigm of “Smart City,” whose foundation is the INCIPICT project (INnovating CIty Planning through Information and Communications Technology), described in this chapter. Its main focus is the development of an innovative optical network, which surrounds the city center and connects the main public sites of interest. The optical network represents an open test bed for researchers in optical transmission and networking as well as the basis for innovative wireless technologies and smart city applications.

This chapter describes the INCIPICT project highlighting its role in the ongoing 5G trial hosted in the city of L’Aquila. The 5G experimental activities will be driven by several use cases according to a vertical pilot approach. In this chapter a description of the 5G use cases under the coordination of the University of L’Aquila together with the related experimental activities is provided.


Smart city 5G Trial Test bed 



This research would not be possible without the participation of ZTE Corporation and WindTre (H3G) to the ongoing experimentation process. This work was partially supported by the Italian Government under CIPE resolution no. 135 (December 21, 2012), project INnovating City Planning through Information and Communication Technologies (INCIPICT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Franchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fabio Graziosi
    • 1
  • Andrea Marotta
    • 1
  • Claudia Rinaldi
    • 1
  1. 1.Università degli Studi dell’AquilaL’AquilaItaly

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