5G for the Industrial Internet of Things

5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Vertical Session

There is no doubt, that requirements from the Manufacturing sector, and more generally, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been one of the driving verticals for the design and development of new 5G concepts and technologies. The notion of ultra reliable low latency communications and massive maschine type communications are somehow reflecting the primary communication types needed within the IIoT domains. In addition, we can also witness the emergence of fog and edge computing from the IIOT domain in the past years, which also have driven the architectural evolution of 5G infrastructures. Last but not least, it is probably this domain, which is supposed to be affected most by the ongoing digitalization and there are many important initiatives underway, like Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet, and many edge computing related standardization fora, which have to be carefully taken into account when positioning and optimizing 5G for this.

In this track we want to review the recent work of major relevant IIOT standard bodies, like the Industrial Internet Consortium and the Industry Engineering Consortium, and look at emerging industry testbeds to explore the most recent developments in this context. Furthermore, we want to learn from different IIOT verticals their needs and expected use cases for MMTC und URLLC as well as their views on edge computing and network slicing in 5G. Also we want to learn from leading network operators and manufacturers their views on architectural options and key technological 5G enablers. A final plenary will provide the chance to discuss with key industry experts the opportunities and challenges of 5G in these domains.

11:00-1:00 Session 1: Industrial Standards & Industry Testbeds

Title  Speaker
5G and IIOT in IIC Overview and outlook on IIC testbeds  Richard Soley, OMG, IIC
Edge Computing White Papers and upcoming IEC Testbeds  Yun Chao Hu, IEC
Industrial IoT Standards from the NFV and CableLabs viewpoints  Tetsuya Nakamura, CableLabs
LTE and 5G IoT in 3GPP: Current Status and Future Trends  Wanshi Chen, Qualcomm Research

2:00 – 4:00 Session 2: Business drivers from the industry & Technological Enablers

Title  Speaker
Edge-Cloud Computing for IIOT Andreas Vogel, SAP
IIOT Requirements from GE Perspective Joseph Salvo, GE Global Research
IoT network deployment and cross-layer design of IoT networks Anurag Kumar, IISc, India
Industrial Cellular Radio Access Networking – ICRAN Jason Chen, Huawei US
Enabling IIoT for Enterprises Stanley Chia, Vodafone US

4:30-6:00 Session 3: Panel: The way forward vs. Showstoppers – Interworking/Migration, Business Models, Security

Linus Thrybom, ABB Corporate Research
Nada Golmie, NIST, USA
Rhys Bowley, National Instruments


Richard Soley, OMG

As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world’s largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG’s world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA® specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML®) and later the Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®). He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) in 2009. The Initiative focuses on the management imperative to make business more responsive, effective, sustainable and secure in a complex, networked world, through practice areas including Business Design, Business Process Excellence, Intelligent Business, Sustainable Business and Secure Business.  In addition, Dr. Soley is the Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, helping end-users transition to cloud computing and direct requirements and priorities for cloud standards throughout the industry. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director of the organization. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.

Dr. Soley also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies.  He is an active angel investor, and was involved in the creation of both the Eclipse Foundation and Open Health Tools.

Previously, Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yun Chao Hu, IEC

Mr. Yun Chao Hu is employed by Huawei Technologies since March 2011 and works for the Huawei West-European Headquarter (HQ) located in Düsseldorf (Germany). His current function within Huawei is Senior Director of the Standardization and Industry Development Strategies within the EU Industry Standards Department. He leads a team of standardization experts working in the areas of IoT, Cloud Solutions, Smart Energy and Industry 4.0. He is currently responsible to establish the standardization strategies for the industry verticals as well heading the Huawei team that participates within several standardization activities within IEC, such as IEC MSB Projects, TC65, SyC Smart Manufacturing, SEG7 (Smart Manufacturing), SEG8 (Communication technologies and architectures) and SEG9 (Smart Home and Buildings). Currently, Yun Chao Hu is the Convenor of IEC SEG8 WG1 on Market and Technology trends.

Yun Chao is bridging the telecom related standardization with the industry vertical standardization and actively involved in the IEC MSB projects and IEC SEG8 on communication technologies and architectures. Furthermore, he is playing a key role within Huawei in mapping industry requirements on 5G Slicing. Yun Chao has a very solid standardization background and had several positions within different standardization organizations, such as 3GPP, ETSI, ITU-T and Open IPTV Forum. He attended a wide range of standardization technologies, i.e. Intelligent Networks, IMT-2000, 3G Core Network, IPTV and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). His standardization positions are Open IPTV Forum President and the Board Chairman (2007-2011), 3GPP CN4 and CN5 WG Chairman (1999-2001), ITU-T Rapporteur Q.24/11 (1997-2000), ETSI MEC Vice Chair (2015- 2017), NFV Industry Engagement Officer (2015-2017) as well several NFV Working Group Chair positions (since 2015). His international experience was assignments within Japan, Sweden and China for almost 10 years.

Tetsuya Nakamura, CableLabs

Tetsuya Nakamura serves as Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation Group at CableLabs. Tetsuya is working on standardization effort at the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair. He is also working on CableLabs’ open source research efforts on NFV and SDN as OPNFV Ambassador and OpenDaylight Advisory Group. Before joining CableLabs, Tetsuya worked at NTT. While at NTT DOCOMO, Tetsuya was in charge of NFV investigation for mobile networks, and actively involved in the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair, Vice Chair of Technical Steering Committee, and Chair of Software Architecture WG. He was also a founder of OPNFV and the initial Board member for NTT DOCOMO.

Wanshi Chen, Qualcomm Research

Wanshi Chen is currently 3GPP TSG RAN1 – a work group responsible for physical layer over-the-air standardization — Chairman appointed in August 2013. Wanshi Chen has over 17 years of experiences in telecommunications in leading telecom companies including operators, infrastructure vendors, and user equipment vendors. From 2006, he has been with Qualcomm Corporate R&D contributing to system design, prototyping and implementation, and standardization of 4G LTE/LTE-Advanced and more recently 5G (New Radio or NR). He has been attending 3GPP TSG RAN1 for over 10 years, representing Qualcomm and playing an instrumental role in 4G and 5G standardization, as a Vice Chairman from August 2013 for 4 years, and as Chairman starting from August 2017. From 2000 to 2006, he worked at Ericsson, San Diego, responsible for 3GPP2 related system design, integration, and standardization. During 1996 and 1997, he worked as an engineer for China Mobile, primarily participated in wireless network maintenance and performance optimization. Wanshi Chen is a recipient of Qualcomm’s IP Excellence Award, Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to LTE, and Super Qualstar Award from Qualcomm CR&D. The highest degree that Wanshi Chen has received is a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Wanshi is an avid runner. He ran Boston Marathon in April 2017 with a time of 3 hours and 8 minutes.

Andreas Vogel, SAP

Andreas Vogel is Vice President at SAP Labs‘  Smart Connected Business team in Palo Alto, California, currently serving as the product owner for SAP Edge Services. Andreas joined SAP in 2003 and worked in variety of roles within the company including corporate strategy, product management for SAP’s ERP flagship product, research related to sustainability, big data and machine learning in utility and online gaming.

Prior to joining SAP, Andreas held research, technology and business positions around the world, among them Chief Scientist at Borland, CTO and co-founder of Mspect where he developed monitoring solutions for mobile data networks and Principal Researcher at the DSTC in Australia. Andreas holds a MSc and PhD in computer science from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Andreas co-authored four books on CORBA, Enterprise Java Beans and ERP published J.Wiley & Sons.

Joseph J. Salvo, GE Global Research

Dr. Salvo is the Founder of the Industrial Internet Consortium now with over 3500 members representing 250 organizations from over 25 countries. The goal is to connect brilliant minds and machines in powerful value creation networks. For the past 20 years he and his laboratory have developed a series of large-scale internet-based sensing platforms to manage and oversee business systems and deliver a portfolio of information-based services.

Some of their commercial business releases include complex decision platforms  (e.g. GE Veriwise™ GE RailwiseTM, Global Vendor Managed Inventory, Ener.GE™, and E-Materials Management) that deliver near real-time customer value through system transparency and knowledge-based computational algorithms.

Pervasive networked sensors and cognitive systems combined with near-real time collaboration can deliver time-critical information and decision analysis across traditional business boundaries. Total supply chain, digital manufacturing, energy management and financial services can be integrated to create a virtual enterprise environment that encourages discovery and process improvement on a global basis. High speed optical and wireless communication fabrics can enable distributed knowledge networks that extend the reach of these systems with anywhere/anytime access to mission critical information and control points.

The accelerating rate of development in crowdsourcing, blockchain, and secure, authenticated cloud computing platforms promises to further democratize the flow of information, computation and ideas on a truly global basis.

Anurag Kumar, Indian Institute of Science

Professor Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and the PhD degree from Cornell University, both in Electrical Engineering. He was then with Bell Laboratories, for over 6 years. He returned to India in 1988, and has since been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering. Before taking over as the Director of IISc, on 1 August 2014, he was the Chair of the Electrical Sciences Division since 2007. From 1988 to 2003 he was the Coordinator at IISc of the Education and Research Network Project (ERNET), a UNDP and Government of India collaborative national program that established India’s first wide-area packet switching network.

His area of research is communication networking, specifically, modeling, analysis, control, and optimisation problems arising in communication networks and distributed systems. Recently his research has focused primarily on wireless networking. In addition to many publications in top journals and conferences, he has co-authored two books: Communications Networking: An Analytical Approach, and Wireless Networking, both published by Morgan Kaufman (Elsevier), and co-authored with D. Manjunath and Joy Kuri.

He was the 1977 President’s Gold Medallist in IIT Kanpur. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He is a recipient of the J.C. Bose National Fellowship, awarded by the Department of Science Technology, for the period 2011-2021.

Dr. Jason Chen, Huawei US Wireless Lab

Dr. Jason Jiangnan Chen is a senior director of wireless solutions at the US Wireless Research Lab of Futurewei (Huawei) Technologies, focusing on wireless network E2E solutions, network architectures, and new technology demo systems. He has expert knowledge of Radio Access Network technologies. Before joining Huawei technologies, he was with Motorola Networks division for 15 years. Jason has more than 30 published US patents. Jason has a PhD degree in EE from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993, and MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 2009. Jason is an IEEE Senior member.

Dr. Stanley Chia, Vodafone

Dr. Stanley Chia is CTO of Tomorrow Street, a joint venture unit of Vodafone Procurement Company and the Luxembourg Government. He has been with Vodafone for many years acquiring a broad spectrum of experience from product development to technology strategy and network operation. Dr. Chia is Vodafone Distinguished Engineer, Fellow IET, Chartered Engineer and Senior Member IEEE.


Linus Thrybom, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden

Linus Thrybom received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1991. From 1992 to 1997 he was with the ABB Industrial Systems, Vasteras, Sweden, as HW/SW design engineer of embedded systems and communication devices. From 1998 to 2008, he was with the Bombardier Transportation, Vasteras, Sweden, as project leader on train communication and control systems. Since 2008 he is with the ABB Corporate Research, Vasteras, Sweden, where he in 2011 became Principal Scientist, and in 2015 he became manager of the Industrial Communication team. Since 2016 he is manager of the Industrial IoT research team as well coordinating the connectivity research within ABB Corporate Research. His research interests include industrial communication and 5G, system architecture, distributed real-time systems and Internet of Things.

Nada Golmie, NIST, USA

Nada Golmie received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Since 1993, she has been a research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is currently the chief of the wireless networks division in the Communications Technology Laboratory. Her research in media access control and protocols for wireless networks led to over 100 technical papers presented at professional conferences, journals, and contributed to international standard organizations and industry led consortia. She is the author of “Coexistence in Wireless Networks: Challenges and System-level Solutions in the Unlicensed Bands,” published by Cambridge University Press (2006). She leads several projects related to the modeling and evaluation of future generation wireless systems and protocols and serves as a co-chair for the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance.

Rhys Bowley, National Instruments, USA

Rhys has been working with National Instruments since 2010 as part of both their UK branch and now based at the global headquarters in Austin, Texas. A graduate of Electronic Communications Engineering, Rhys obtained his Masters in Engineering (MEng) from Cardiff University where he worked briefly as a Research Assistant developing novel load-pull power amplifier characterisation test systems that were multiple orders of magnitude faster than the industry standard. Leveraging his background in wireless communications prototyping and measurement systems, Rhys now works as a Product Marketing Manager for National Instruments focussing on academic research grants and creating the right undergraduate courses to fuel the future labour force in both academic and industrial research laboratories. Rhys’ daily activities revolve around making sure that academic research institutions have the right capabilities to keep pace with the dizzying speed of innovation in the areas of 5G and the Industrial IoT. As a member-at-large of the IEEE ComSoc Educational Services Board, Rhys has worked through events such as IEEE Globecom, 5G Summit and ICC conferences as well as the ComSoc Summer School to provide workshops and presentations that help develop the skills and technical acumen of researchers from many different sectors of communications.


Edge-Cloud Computing for IIOT:  IIOT solutions span from the equipment to the cloud, in fact often to multiple clouds. The infrastructure in customer scenarios, e.g. amount of data collected, access right to data, processing power available, characteristics of communication channels can vary quite dramatically. This requires an IIOT platforms which provides the flexibility to process data, including machine learning, anywhere between the edge and the cloud. Edge-cloud computing addresses this challenge. SAP’s approach is based on containerized services which can be deployed anywhere, the edge, on-premise, private and public clouds.

Enabling IIoT for Enterprises: Many of the industrial IoT devices will likely to be deployed behind enterprise firewalls for reasons of security, agility and reliability. This brings new dimensions to the IIoT solutions in terms of architecture, scaling and operation. The interaction of the enterprise IoT networks with wide-area networks have implications to spectrum management, subscription ownership, and service evolution. These are critical challenges that cellular operators and the industry have to jointly manage in order to derive the full benefits of IIoT.



Periklis Chatzimisios
Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece

Thomas Magedanz
Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS