5G Connected Industries Forum took place on November 24 in Munich and has explored the future of industrial networking and connected mobility. The event was hosted by Lauri Oksanen, VP Research and Technology, Nokia Networks and Alexander Mathieu, Head of Strategy Development, Nokia Networks.
The first Nokia Networks’ 5G Connected Industries Forum brought together business leaders, government officials and experts from research institutes and academia to discuss the usage of 5G technology beyond consumer mobile broadband. It was held in Munich, Europe’s technology hub, with an ecosystem of global players in many industries, leading universities, top research institutes, software companies and operators. The forum has successfully explored opportunities offered by 5G in the manufacturing and mobility sectors, and the specific requirements needed to drive joint collaboration and shape the 5G system.
5G will have a massive impact on industries and mobility. The factory of the future (Industry 4.0), enabled by 5G, will allow manufacturers to automate end-to-end operations and set up or take down new product lines or entire factories virtually. With billions of sensors, machine-controlled robots and autonomous logistics, all capable of communicating and operating remotely in real time via 5G, manufacturers can achieve massive productivity gains. These include removing process inefficiencies, guaranteeing quality, minimizing costs and responding to demand in real time.
Connected mobility will be important for carmakers, logistics, original equipment manufacturers and also municipalities, since more vehicles and computers can be handled with the existing infrastructure. Autonomous driving is set to become a reality and this will require a communication system that connected vehicles can truly rely on, providing virtual zero latency for safety.
The Forum provided an open discussion platform, panel sessions and interactive workshops to explore opportunities and leverage joint collaboration. To showcase the capabilities and progress of 5G Nokia Networks showcased a couple of live demonstrations: 19 Gbps prototype, 5G Network Deployment Simulator, 5G Security and Connected Drones.
Event Panelists included several experts across diverse industries, research institutes and academia such as:
- Uwe Janssen, Vice President Innovation and Research at Deutsche Telekom Group Technology
- Thibaut Kleiner, Head of Unit "Network Technologies", European Commission DG CONNECT
- Dr. Osvaldo Gonsa, Director for Mobile Communications, Continental AG
- Dr. Wolfgang Schereme, Head of Industrial Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
- Stefan U. Svensson, Global Research Area Manager, ABB Corporate Research
- Prof. Dr. Hans D. Schotten, Head of the Chair for Wireless Communication and Navigation at the University of Kaiserslautern, and a Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, “Intelligent Networks” department
- Dr. Bernd Kosch, Head of Industry 4.0 Center in the EMEIA Technology Office
- Dr. Johannes Riedl, Head of Research Group “Industrial Networks”, Siemens Corporate, also a Siemens representative on a European level in the Future Internet context and now also in the area of 5G
- Dirk Lindemeier, Head of Liquid Applications, Nokia Networks