Working Groups

The dynamo and source of Industrial 5G

The Working Groups are composed of individuals from the member companies organizations and every Working Group has a Chair and a Vice-Chair. Within the Working Group, the technical topics are dealt based on the planning and decicions of the plenary.

Discusses potential use cases and requirements and defines a common body of terminology.

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Identifies and articulate specific spectrum needs of industrial 5G networks and explores new operator models, for example for operating private or neutral host 5G networks within a plant or factory.

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Considers the overall architecture of future 5G-enabled industrial connectivity infrastructures. This includes integration concepts and migration paths, the evaluation of key technologies emerging
from 5G standardization bodies.

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Takes care of the interaction with other initiatives and organizations
by establishing liaison activities and initiating suitable promotional measures.

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Deals with the final validation of 5G for industrial applications.
This includes the initiation of interoperability tests, larger trials, and
potentially dedicated certification procedures.

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Working group 01

Use cases and requirements

Key focus

Discussing potential use cases and requirements and definition of a common terminology:

  • Use case and requirements analysis
  • Streamline terminology
  • Consolidation of input to 3GPP SA1
  • Support for other 3GPP and 5G-ACIA working groups
  • Identification of other relevant SDOs
Leadership

Chair: Michael Bahr (Siemens)
Vice-Chair: Dr. Xueli An (Huawei)

Key achievements (selection)
  • Provided use case collection for 3GPP and ITU
  • Wikipedia use case for 5G-ACIA members
  • Discussion, consolidation, and contribution of key industrial requirements
    for R16 to 3GPP SA1
  • Two white papers on use cases and requirements
  • White paper on 5G capabilities
  • Liaisons with several 3GPP groups on relevant topics
Ongoing work items/activities (selected)
  • Clarification of TR 22.804 concepts and discussion of standardization requirements
  • Advance (predicted) QoS notification for 5G (ADAPT)
  • Cooperation with GSMA (GSM Association) Network Slicing Taskforce on Generic Slice Template (GST)
  • Discussion, consolidation, and contribution of key industrial requirements for R17 to 3GPP SA1
  • Analysis of the gap between prioritized requirements and 3GPP documents
  • From 5G-ACIA requirements to 3GPP RAN/SA mapping
  • 3GPP SA(1) support related to 5G-ACIA use cases, requirements, and KPIs
  • Guaranteed Service Level Specification (SLS) for industries enabled and connected by 5G technology
  • Clarification of communication parameters and concepts
  • Industrial 5G compute edge use cases, requirements
  • Use cases and requirements for 5G-enabled devices for industrial applications
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Working group 02

Spectrum and Operating Models

Key focuses
  • Identifying and articulate specific spectrum needs of industrial 5G networks and explore new operating models, for example for operating private or neutral host 5G networks within a plant or factory
  • Contributing to meeting spectrum needs of industrial 5G networks to ITU-R
  • Contributing to meeting spectrum needs of industrial 5G networks to RSPG
  • Evaluating global spectrum frameworks for industrial 5G networks
Leadership

Ulrich Rehfuess, WG2 Chair (Nokia)
Jinxia Cheng, WG2 Vice Chair (China Mobile)

Key achievements (selected)
  • Contributed to ITU-R WP5A on license-exempt spectrum for wireless industrial applications
  • Contributed to ITU-R WP5D to include new use cases for “industrial automation” as 5G vertical
  • Contributed to ITU-R WP5A on license-exempt spectrum for wireless industrial applications
  • Responded to consultation on 3rd RSPG opinion on 5G
  • Internal report on network operation and spectrum models
Ongoing work items/activities (selected)
  • 5G-ACIA global 5G spectrum overview
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Working group 03

Architecture and Technology

Key focus

Addressing the overall architecture of future 5G-enabled industrial connectivity infrastructures. This includes integration concepts and migration paths and evaluating key technologies emerging from 5G standardization bodies:

  • Evaluating and developing ICT and OT communication architectures:
  • Integrating networks and interworking of key functions
  • Evaluating and assessing new technologies
  • Supporting relevant SDOs with domain-specific know-how
Leadership

Chair: Kurt Essigmann (Ericsson)
Vice-Chair: Atte Lansisalmi (Nokia)

Key achievements (selected)
  • 3GPP RAN contribution on evaluation and analysis of radio propagation
  • 3GPP RAN contribution on industrial indoor channel model
  • White paper on nonpublic network deployment scenarios
  • White paper on integrating industrial communication with 5G networks
  • White paper on 5G-ACIA traffic model for industrial communication
  • White paper on security aspects of 5G for connected industries and automation
  • White paper on architecture alignment of Industry 4.0 / RAMI 4.0 and 3GPP
  • White paper on 5G performance evaluation for connected industries and automation
  • White paper on integrating 5G with time-sensitive networking for industrial automation
  • Internal report on comparative analysis of 5G Rel.16 and IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) in industrial use cases
Ongoing work items/activities (selected)
  • Integration of OPC UA with 5G network
  • 5G industrial device architecture principles, capabilities and requirements
  • 5G QoS for industrial automation
  • Analysis of 5G capabilities for industrial IoT
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Working group 04

Liaison and dissemination

Key focus

Interacting with other initiatives and organizations by establishing liaison activities and initiating suitable promotional measures:

  • Liaison and partnership management incl. MoU
  • Marketing and promotional activities
  • Social media, press releases, and position statements
  • Preparing workshops, webinars, and conferences
  • Supporting other working groups on “external affairs”
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Leadership

Chair: Sylvia Lu (u-blox)
Vice-Chair: Uwe Rueddenklau (Infineon)

Key achievements (selected)
  • White paper on 5G for connected industries and automation (second edition)
  • Prepared workshop in Frankfurt, Germany, in June 2018
  • Prepared workshop in Seoul, Korea in March 2019
  • Prepared workshop in Naperville (Chicago), USA in June 2019
  • Prepared workshop in Shanghai, China in September 2019
  • Prepared workshop in Paris, France in November 2019
  • Prepared workshop in Coventry (Birmingham), United Kingdom in January 2020
  • Basic marketing kit
  • Established MoUs with global partners on Industrial 5G (–> link to MoU network
  • 5G-ACIA webinar series 1
  • Basic marketing kit
Ongoing work items/ activities (selected)
  • Preparation of 5G-ACIA Plenary and Workshop in Japan
  • Planning of the 2021 virtual roadshow – digital Hannover Fair, April 2021
  • Planning of the 2021 virtual roadshow – digital Achema Pulse, June 2021
  • 5G-ACIA webinar series 2
  • Planning of the 2022 roadshow – Achema 2022, April 2022
  • Planning of the 2022 roadshow – Hannover Fair, April 2022
  • Planning of the 2022 roadshow – stops in USA and Asia, second half of 2022
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Working group 05

Validation and tests

Key focus

Addressing final validation of 5G for industrial applications, which includes initiating interoperability tests, conducting larger trials and possibly also dedicated certification procedures, and supporting the validation of evolving 5G solutions in industrial applications:

  • Developing a methodology for achieving comparable performance test results
  • Guiding 5G-ACIA-endorsed testbeds in the areas of factory automation, process automation, and intralogistics
  • Evaluating certification requirements
Leadership

Chair: Dr. Lisa Underberg (ifak)
Vice-Chair: Arne Neumann (InIT)

Key achievements (selected)
  • White paper on testing and validation aspects of industrial communication with 5G technologies
  • White paper on performance testing of industrial 5G solutions – objectives, requirements, and methodology
  • General rules for 5G-ACIA testbeds
  • Requirements for establishing and operating 5G-ACIA testbeds
  • Initiated first 5G-ACIA testbeds
Ongoing work items/ activities (selected)
  • Initiation of additional new 5G-ACIA testbeds
  • Certification in 5G-ACIA
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Related Topics

Structure

5G-ACIA is driven and operated by Board, Working Groups and 5G-ACIA Office.

Legal entity of 5G ACIA

5G-ACIA is a working group of ZVEI.

Global partners

5G-ACIA is a global association and central forum with allied partners from around the world.

Designing 5G for Industrial Use

Key 5G capabilities pave the way for perfecting Industry 4.0 communication and IIoT connectivity

Key Enabler for Industrial 5G

High-performance features of 5G enhance its potential for a wide variety of industrial communication channels and applications

Making Industrial 5G happen

For core use cases, industrial 5G will evolve into a key wireless communication technology and standard

Usage of industrial 5G

A wide variety of white papers explain in detail how industrial 5G will migrate to and be integrated in connected industries and automation

Endorsed testbeds

The capabilities and performance of 5G in actual industrial applications are evaluated and validated with endorsed testbeds

Showcases

Industrial 5G demos for various industry scenarios and resolutions are presented, showing how they maximize performance and reliability 

About us

5G-ACIA unites key stakeholders for advancing the standardization and regulation of 5G in the industrial domain

Mission

5G-ACIA ensures that the special interests and needs of the industrial domain are adequately considered in connection with 5G standardization and regulation

Structure

5G-ACIA is run and operated by a board, working groups, and an office

Working groups

A plenum makes plans and decisions on how to handle different work items and essential topics

Legal entity of 5G-ACIA

5G-ACIA is a working group of ZVEI

Global partners

5G-ACIA is a global association and central forum with associated partners worldwide

Benefit

Joining 5G-ACIA makes you an Industrial 5G initiator with access to valuable insights and knowledge

Members

Global member organizations from diverse domains are the key to the success of 5G-ACIA and Industrial 5G

How to become a member

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News

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Press releases

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Events

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Blog

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Publications

Key 5G-ACIA messages and publications for SDOs and observers worldwide

Webinars

Join 5G-ACIA and learn about its work designing the framework for industrial 5G

Media

Media and materials to inspire you and promote Industrial 5G

Showcases

Industrial 5G Demos and resolutions are explained under different industrial scenarios by providing highest levels of performance and reliability

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