5G is the dominant topic at this year’s Hanover trade fair (Hannover Messe). To raise awareness of the technology’s challenges and opportunities, the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) has a major presence at the event: it has its own booth in hall 16, and has organised a full-week programme, with a variety of panel discussions and presentations, at its dedicated 5G Forum in the same location.
As Dr Andreas Müller (Bosch), Chairman of 5G-ACIA, states: “With the publication of initial standards, and the availability of the first chipsets and infrastructure components, 5G is quickly gaining momentum. This is reflected clearly in the diverse 5G-related activities at this year’s Hanover trade fair. In fact, many companies are beginning to recognise the crucial role this technology will play in the digital transformation of their businesses. At the same time, it is becoming apparent to the ICT industry that 5G for manufacturing has great potential for their business as well.” Against this background, 5G-ACIA has a pivotal part to play in bringing together all relevant players.
The alliance was officially launched in April 2018 at last year’s Hanover trade fair under the aegis of ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association. Since then, 5G-ACIA enjoyed significant growth and internationalisation, including closer cooperation with Asian companies and associations.
2019 will see the alliance expand and accelerate its activities in this region and worldwide. As Dr Müller emphasises: “We are extremely happy with 5G-ACIA’s fast pace of growth, and we confidently expect many more companies to join soon.” Importantly, 5G-ACIA is acquiring an ever-more international footprint. Recent activities included a workshop in Seoul on 14 and 15 March. This drew over 120 attendees from Europe, USA, Korea, Japan and China. A further workshop is planned in Chicago in June, with the goal of informing and attracting additional US-based companies.
The next generation of mobile communication, 5G, is of major importance for industry. 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 47 members.