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5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation


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To make 5G a success for industrial applications, 5G-ACIA brings together widely varying 5G stakeholders.
They include organizations of the OT and ICT industries. “OT” stands for operational technology. OT companies include industrial automation enterprises, machine builders, and end users. “ICT” stands for information and communication technology. ICT companies can be chip manufacturers, network infrastructure providers, or mobile network operators. The 5G-ACIA membership also includes academic institutions such as universities and research institutes, as well as other relevant entities such as government bodies and associations.

What is the goal of 5G-ACIA?

5G-ACIA’s overall goal is to apply industrial 5G in the best possible way. Members jointly strive to make sure that the particular interests of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardization and regulation. Together, they discuss and evaluate technical, regulatory, and business aspects with respect to 5G for the industrial domain.

How can 5G be integrated?

To make industrial 5G a success, it is crucial to transfer the ongoing 5G developments into the industrial domain. Therefore, 5G-ACIA elaborates integration concepts and migration paths, and evaluates the key technologies that emerge from the 5G standardization bodies. Furthermore, 5G-ACIA identifies spectrum needs for industrial 5G networks. Members jointly explore new operating models, for instance 5G campus networks within factories.

A new understanding between different industries

To make 5G a success for industrial applications, 5G-ACIA brings together very different 5G stakeholders. That is organizations from the OT and from the ICT industries.

“OT” means operational technology.
“ICT” means information and communication technology.

OT companies are, for instance, industrial automation enterprises, machine builders or end users. ICT companies can be chip manufacturers, network infrastructure providers or mobile network operators. In addition, 5G-ACIA members are academic institutions, such as universities or research institutes, and other relevant groups, such as authorities and associations.


Generalizing Industrial 5G for industry

The overriding objective of 5G-ACIA is to maximize the applicability of 5G technology in connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process sectors. 5G-ACIA works to ensure that 5G standardization and regulation efforts adequately consider the interests and unique characteristics of the industrial domain.

What is 5G-ACIA’s mission?

5G-ACIA also strives to ensure that new 5G developments – including possible integration concepts and migration paths – are understood by and transferred to the industrial domain, and also evaluates key technologies emerging from 5G standardization bodies.

In addition, 5G-ACIA is striving to establish a common language and shared understanding of relevant aspects by embracing the entire ecosystem. Industry-specific needs are also discussed and elaborated, including the possible need for dedicated certification and similar processes. 5G-ACIA also identifies and articulates specific spectrum requirements of industrial 5G networks and explores new operating models, like for private or neutral host 5G networks within a plant or factory.

Strategic goals

  • Global Leadership: Establish 5G-ACIA as the leading global alliance for 5G & 6G for connected industries, earning widespread recognition for driving innovation, standards, market adoption, and best practices.
  • Use Cases & Requirements: Identify and prioritize key use cases and requirements, evaluate and demonstrate their value to drive successful deployments and market adoption.
  • External Alignment: Ensure that 5G & 6G-related standards development organizations (SDOs) and industry alliances adequately address the specific requirements of industrial use cases and applications, fostering seamless integration and interoperability.
  • Empowering OT Industries: Provide comprehensive guidance and resources to empower operational technology (OT) industries to optimally leverage 5G & 6G technologies and to unlock their full transformative potential.
  • Seamless Integration: Foster and support the seamless integration of 5G & 6G technologies into the existing infrastructures and architectures of connected industries, by developing best practices, guidelines, reference frameworks, etc. to enhance operational efficiency, scalability, and innovation.
  • Realistic Validation: Evaluate and validate key 5G & 6G capabilities for industrial applications through proof of concepts and testbeds in realistic scenarios, providing evidence-backed insights to facilitate informed decision-making. Identify major gaps and new features to be considered in future versions of the standards.
  • Ecosystem Development: Foster a scalable global ecosystem for Industrial 5G & 6G development and deployment by bringing relevant industry players together and by connecting with partners and certification bodies to create a thriving marketplace of innovative products and solutions.
  • Market Insights: Perform and provide accurate and reliable market forecasts and assessments to industry stakeholders to facilitate strategic planning and investment decisions based on data-driven insights.
  • Policy Advocacy: Advocate for supportive regulatory frameworks that promote the widespread adoption and deployment of 5G & 6G in the industrial domain and that ensure a stimulating environment for innovation.
  • Education & Awareness: Conduct educational initiatives and awareness campaigns to increase understanding and knowledge of the benefits of 5G & 6G for connected industries, addressing misconceptions and fostering wider industry adoption all over the world.


Legal Entity of 5G-ACIA

In 2016 – prior to the foundation of 5G-ACIA – a number of global leaders in automation technology joined forces within the scope of the ZVEI 5G Taskforce in order to influence the global development of 5G.

ZVEI e. V. (Electro and Digital Industry Association) is one of Germany’s most important industrial associations, representing the interests of multiple high-tech companies who collectively possess a highly diversified and extremely dynamic product portfolio. ZVEI acts as a pacemaker for progress, proactively making proposals related to research, technology, environmental, educational and science policy. It promotes market-centric international standardization efforts, and offers a proven platform infrastructure for this work.

5G ACIA, upon its establishment, was able to take advantage of this platform. Moreover, a working party was formed to allow worldwide cooperation with non-ZVEI members.

As a result, the global 5G industry benefits from ZVEI’s domain expertise in the field of automation, security, artificial intelligence and its Industry 4.0 knowledge, developed over the last years.

In addition, for both the automation sector and the 5G industry generally, ZVEI is the legal entity for 5G-ACIA, with responsibility for enabling all participating companies to engage in pre-competitive exchange and collaboration in compliance with EU competition law.

The ZVEI hosts the 5G-ACIA Office containing all needed resources.

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