July 24, 2018

5G-ACIA initiative grows rapidly


The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA), a global initiative established as part of ZVEI at the beginning of 2018, is growing rapidly. It has gained eight new members since April 2018. Not only representatives of the traditional automation and manufacturing industry, but also leading organisations from the ICT sector are joining forces in the initiative.

New members in the automation and manufacturing industry include the companies ABB, Audi, GHMT, and MC Technologies. On top of that, two additional companies from the ICT industry have joined the initiative in the form of Qualcomm and Rohde & Schwarz. The academic side has been reinforced by the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) and the Technologie-Zentrum Informatik und Informationstechnik (TZI – technology centre for information technology) at the University of Bremen.

“Having now gained a total of 34 members, we have laid a sound foundation for promoting further expansion and establishing the 5G-ACIA as the most important forum for the topic of 5G in the context of Industrie 4.0 worldwide,” says Dr Andreas Müller (Bosch), Chairman of the 5G-ACIA. “5G is set to become a global standard. It is therefore important that the 5G-ACIA also unites all relevant stakeholders worldwide. We already have members from China, Europe, Japan, Korea and the USA. The initiative is developing very dynamically, which gives us reason to anticipate a further substantial growth spurt in the near future.” According to Müller, the rapid expansion of the initiative also shows how important it is to make 5G industry-compatible right from the start. “The next generation of mobile communication may play a decisive role in the implementation of Industrie 4.0,” he continues. 


About the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) 

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.