Frankfurt, Germany – March 23rd, 2020 – The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) will advanced their shared interests. Under the agreement, the IIC and 5G-ACIA will work together to align efforts to enable interoperability, prevent fragmentation, and in particular to maximize synergies of 5G for the Industrial Internet.
Areas of alignment and harmonization include use cases and scenarios, requirement modelling and specification, networking best practices and architecture patterns, technology co-existence and interworking, connectivity and communications security. Joint activities will happen between the organizations on leadership level to ensure complementary approach and identify synergies, as well as on concrete deliverables targeting the mentioned areas of mutual interest.
“5G represents a key technology for the factory of the future and for achieving unprecedented levels of flexibility, versatility and productivity,” adds Dr. Andreas Müller, Bosch, and Chairman of 5G-ACIA. “We are excited to work more closely together with the IIC and to make sure that the different building blocks coming out of the two organizations seamlessly fit together. Only through such concerted actions it will be possible to unlock the full potential that 5G can bring to the factory floor.”
“Networking is a key enabler of Industrial IoT, and with the emergence of 5G, we have a versatile platform to support many industrial use cases,” said Jan Höller, Ericsson, and IIC Liaison Officer to 5G-ACIA. “We’re delighted to work with 5G-ACIA on wireless connectivity to further enable digital transformation across industries.”
The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is the central global forum for shaping industrial 5G standards. 5G-ACIA members jointly prepare for the disruptive change 5G will bring, promote a better understanding of industrial needs, and gain insights into a highly attractive emerging market. 5G-ACIA provides a unique global platform for OT and ICT companies, academia, and all relevant stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives. They make the results of their work directly available to 3GPP, the main standardization body for developing 5G. 5G-ACIA is a market representation partner of 3GPP and has the formal status of a working party of ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association.
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