As a result of collaboration within NRG-5 project, British Telecomunications (BT) and Power Operations (Power-Ops) have been nominated as finalists under the category of “Emerging Technology of the Year” at the UK IT Industry Awards 2019. 

The UK IT Industry Awards are the UK’s largest and most respected IT industry awards. Presented by the BCS and Computing, the awards are a benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computing industry. BT and Power-Ops were named finalists in the Emerging Technology of the Year category. As the UK IT Industry Awards explain, “this category is awarded to recognise an innovative new development or service that is intended to enable a new class of solution or type of benefit”.

BT and Power-Ops have developed within H2020 NRG-5 project, a lightweight, innovative framework that allows 5G-enabled devices to seamlessly and securely interact with the Ethereum blockchain for monitoring and billing processes. Via a specially designed blockchains-based Virtual Network Function (VNF), all blockchain operations take place at the edge cloud, offering secure and trusted identity management and data storage and paves the way for close integration between 5G and Blockchains. The solution also supports representing devices as ‘digital twins’ which are representations of physical devices as software components in the network. Their use increases the scalability and resilience of services.

Alistair Duke, Senior Researcher at BT (right) and Georgios Nikolakis, Power-Ops Director (left) at the Award Ceremony that took place on 13 November 2019 at Battersea Evolution in London.

The UK IT Industry Awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past year. You can see the 2019 the finalists here.

The H2020 NRG-5 project is funded by European Commission under the 5G Public Private Program (5G PPP) in the framework of Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement No 762013).