The post "5G to Enhance Industrial IoT and Transform Industry Starting in 2020" by Wendy Harding, argues that mobile communication will become a key enabler for industrial IoT, in particular the importance of mobile and wireless connectivity for factory automation and process control are of high relevance to Clear5G and the challenges we are tackling.
Back in 2016, the European Comission published the "The 5G Action Plan" which is a strategic initiative that addresses all stakeholders, from private to public, small to large, and in all Member States. The initiative is intended to meet the challenge of making 5G a reality for all citizens and businesses by the end of this decade!
Part of the Action Plan, and of particular relevance for Clear5G, is the vision that 5G will lead to an industrial transformation through wireless broadband services provided at Gigabit speeds. This does not only include the expectation that 5G will offer data connections above 10 Gigabits per second, and latencies below 5 milliseconds, but also the exploitation to exploit any available wireless resources (from Wi-Fi to 4G) and to handle millions of connected devices simultaneously.
The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) published their white paper on “5G and the Factories of the Future” back in 2015. The paper discusses the challenges for wireless communications in manufacturing environments and use cases and it makes it clear that the manufacturing industry is one of the most demanding verticals with respect to ultra-low latencies, ultra-high availability, reliable indoor coverage in harsh environments and energy-efficient and ultra-low communication costs for produced, connected goods.