The »5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation« (5G-ACIA) is rapidly expanding its activities in order to have an impact on international standardization. To this end, the initiative, which brings representatives of the industrial automation, manufacturing and process industry together with leading ICT enterprises, has received a Market Representation Partner (MRP) status in 3GPP, the body responsible for 5G standardization.
One of the key aims is to ensure that industry’s needs in terms of 5G technology and networks are communicated to key ICT players at an early stage, and that future 3GPP standards will take these requirements into account.
»As a 3GPP Market Representation Partner, we are better able to make sure our aims and needs are heard. We are a relatively young organization, and this partnership will significantly raise our international profile. We will therefore be better able to influence standardization to reflect the interests and viewpoints of industry– for example with regard to developing a radio channel model for factory environments«, highlights 5G-ACIA Chairman Dr. Andreas Müller (Bosch).
Moreover, the initiative also addresses a number of other issues. These contain the definition and prioritization of relevant usage scenarios; contributing to global regulation within ITU-R; development of contributions to industrial 5G architectures; and proposals regarding testing and validation of 5G systems for industry. »The 5G-ACIA activities cover major aspects of 5G for industry. We are a powerful voice that is committed to making the emerging cellular communications standard industry-ready from the outset and across the globe«, adds Dr. Afif Osseiran (Ericsson), 5G-ACIA Vice-Chairman.
5G takes manufacturing to the next level. Wireless connectivity enables greater flexibility, agility and mobility. »Companies have already made 5G part of their plans. The many conversations we had at SPS IPC Drives confirm that we are on the right path«, concludes Müller. »Our industrial future is very closely linked to 5G and needs to be actively shaped today.«
5G-ACIA was established in April 2018 under the aegis of ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association. It has since acquired 14 new members, including global network operators China Mobile and Orange; Sony from the ICT industry; Swedish industrial communications equipment manufacturer HMS; certification experts Dekra; and Sintef, a research institute based in Norway.
About the 5G-ACIA
The »5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation« (5G-ACIA) has set itself the goal of successfully establishing 5G in industrial production and making it industry-compatible from the outset. Amongst other things, 5G-ACIA is playing an active role in the standardisation and regulation of 5G. At the same time, it is identifying and analysing possible application cases and the resulting requirements that are placed by industry. The initiative brings together representatives of the traditional automation and manufacturing industries as well as leading organisations from the ICT industry. 5G-ACIA comprises currently 40 members.