5G-ACIA Initiative to Help Design 5G Technology for Industrial Use

5G makes it possible to implement Industrie 4.0 even faster and to take it to the next level. This technology enables an unprecedented degree of flexibility, versatility and mobility in industrial production. There are many advantages to 5G, including a very powerful wireless networking technology that is suitable even for critical industrial applications.

On 3rd April 2018 the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) was established in Germany, in order to successfully establish 5G in industrial production and to design it for industrial capability from the outset.

5G-ACIA is actively contributing to the standardization and regulation of 5G. At the same time, it identifies and analyses possible use cases and the associated requirements from the perspective of the industrial domain. It is expected to become the central nervous system of the Factory of the Future and will have a disruptive impact on industrial production. For the first time, the 5G-ACIA brings together all the major players worldwide. This enables to work in a concerted and targeted manner to ensure that the interests of the industry are taken into account accordingly.

The initiative brings together representatives of the traditional automation and manufacturing industries as well as leading organizations from the ICT industry. The current 26 members include: Beckhoff, Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Endress+Hauser, Ericsson, Festo, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Harting, Hirschmann Automation & Control, Huawei, Infineon, Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT), Institute for Automation and Communication (ifak), Intel, Mitsubishi, Nokia, NXP, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R3 - Reliable Realtime Radio Communications, Siemens, Trumpf, Vodafone, Weidmüller and Yokogawa.

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