The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) has been established to serve as the central and global forum for addressing, discussing, and evaluating relevant technical, regulatory, and business aspects with respect to 5G for the industrial domain. It reflects the entire ecosystem, encompassing all relevant stakeholder groups from the OT (operational technology) industry (such as industrial automation, machine builders or end users), the ICT (information and communication technology) industry (such as chip manufacturers, network infrastructure providers or network operators), academia (such as universities or research institutes) and other relevant groups (such as authorities or associations).
The paramount objective of 5G-ACIA is to ensure the best possible applicability of 5G technology and 5G networks for connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process industries. 5G-ACIA will ensure that the interests and particular aspects of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardization and regulation. 5G-ACIA will further ensure that the ongoing 5G developments are understood by and transferred to the industrial domain. This includes possible integration concepts and migration paths, together with the evaluation of key technologies emerging from 5G standardization bodies. Furthermore, a common language and a shared understanding of relevant aspects are being established by bringing the whole ecosystem together. In addition, industry-specific needs are being discussed and elaborated, such as the possible need for dedicated certification and similar processes. 5G-ACIA further identifies and articulates the specific spectrum needs for industrial 5G networks and explores new operator models, for example for operating private or neutral host 5G networks within a plant or factory.