5G for the Industrial Internet of Things 2019

Date: Monday September 30
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Room: Conference Room 3

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 machine 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.

Time  Presentation  Speaker
11:00 – 11:10 Opening from the Chairs P. Bellavista, P. Chatzimisios, T. Magedanz
11:10 – 13:00 Session 1: IIoT Drivers and Standards, and Fora 
5G – A Key Enabling Technology for the Industrial IoT Andreas Mueller, 5G-ACIA, Germany
Wireless challenges in production & logistics at Volkswagen Group Markus Zarbock, Volkswagen AG, Germany
5G in Smart Agriculture Hermann Buitkamp, VDMA, Germany
5G and Satellite Integration for IIoT Maria Guta, ESA, The Netherlands
Convergence of ICT and OT within IEC Jürgen F. Diller, IEC, The Netherlands
Harnessing the Industrial IoT Opportunities with 5G Atte Länsisalmi, IIC, Finland
Towards Smart Factories with 5G Krister Landernäs, ABB, Norway
Smart Factories with Vodafone Ralf Irmer, Germany
Private Enterprise Networks in the Era of 5G and IIoT Mona Ghassemian, BT Research Labs, UK
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break 
14:00 – 14:45 Session 2a: Edge Computing as Prerequisite for IIoT in 5G 
The Edge Computing Paradigm for the Industry Alexander Willner, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Edge Services, Now and Beyond Sunku Ranganath, Intel, USA
14:45 – 16:00 Session 2b: First real life Deployments of Smart Factories 
Smart Factories – reality check Peter Gaspar, A1, Austria
Towards smart venues Marcus Eibach, Deutsche Messe AG, Germany
Realizing smart manufacturing through 5G Christoph Bach, Ericsson GmbH, Germany
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break   
16:30 – 17:30 Track Panel: 5G for IIoT Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Chicken – Egg problem: Do we need 5G for IIOT or is LTE good enough?
  • Do we need to wait for 3GPP Release 16 or is Rel 15 good enough?
  • How to cope with new 5G end systems?
  • How important is Edge and Slicing for IIOT?
  • Business models: Slicing or Private Networks?
  • Local 5G Frequencies – friend or foe?
Christoph Bach, Ericsson, Germany

Krister Landernas, ABB, Norway

Hermann Buitkamp, VDMA, Germany


Dr. Andreas Mueller is Chairman of the Board of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA) and Head of Communication and Network Technology of Bosch Corporate Research in Stuttgart, Germany. 5G-ACIA has been established as a global alliance for paving the way for the use of 5G technology in smart manufacturing and for unlocking the great potential that comes along with it. To this end, 5G-ACIA brings together leading players from the ICT and OT industries and addresses relevant technical, regulatory and business-related aspects. As part of his responsibilities in Bosch, he is coordinating the industrial 5G activities within the Bosch Group across different business units as well as the research activities of Bosch related to future connectivity infrastructures. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Furthermore, he received a Ph.D. degree  (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering from the same university.

Title: 5G – A Key Enabling Technology for the Industrial IoT

Abstract: 5G will play a crucial role in enabling unprecedented degrees of flexibility, productivity, versatility and usability in future industrial production. Important building blocks of 5G supporting industrial use cases and requirements include ultra-reliable low-latency communication, time-sensitive communication, non-public networks and high-precision positioning. This talk will give an overview of the promises and great potential of 5G in the industrial domain. Furthermore, recent activities of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” are presented, which has been established as a global forum for both the ICT and the OT industries in order to make sure that industrial 5G becomes a major success.

Markus Zarbock is a software engineer working currently as CTO in Volkswagen’s Smart.Production:Lab. After completing his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Paderborn he worked a number of years in telecommunication industry. Focusing on all IP networks he worked with various standards from ETSI/3GPP such as IMS in theory and in practice. After joining Volkswagen his professional focus moved to connecting vehicles. His work area ranged from onboard communication units to mobile connectivity of entire fleets of vehicles. Delivering mobile online services from a network architecture perspective with a strong emphasis on security were his main challenges. Recently he joined Smart.Production:Lab to help bringing software and connectivity into the domain of production and logistics. His current job is to coordinate various technical work streams to help establishing best IT practices in areas like robotics, logistic and manufacturing equipment.

Title: Wireless challenges in production & logistics at Volkswagen Group

Abstract: More sensors and computing power than ever before are attached to production equipment, so connectivity becomes a vital challenge. Traditional architecture approaches however rarely have connectivity concepts at the heart of production and logistics equipment. Therefore dealing with increasing data volumes, growing demand for low latency reaction times and tighter integration into data centre applications becomes more and more difficult. So advanced production networks needs to ready for those challenges. Volkswagen’s Smart.Production:Lab aims at bringing new software and network capabilities in existing and new production and logistic sites. Focusing on computer science and software engineering Smart.Production:Lab has a unique perspective in addressing those challenges that we consider to be crucial for what is called Industry 4.0.

Since 2016, Hermann Buitkamp has been working at the VDMA (Association of German Mechanical Engineering Industry) in Frankfurt and Munich on digitization and standardization strategies for industrial and agricultural engineering issues. He got his Dipl.-Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen University and his PhD from Bonn University. In 1991 he joined Sick AG as the engineering manager developing laser scanners, optical sensors and safety controls. Starting in 1998 he worked for four years as the VP of engineering for an OMRON owned company in Fremont, Cal. Back


Title: Success factors for digitization within the agricultural industry

Abstract: Digitalization in agriculture enables the efficient and precise use of agricultural resources (soil, water, air, machinery, diesel, fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, etc.). In this way, it supports the goal of better food, stable crop yields, low production costs and improved working conditions. The digitization and networking of agricultural value chains from the agro-chemical industry to food traders improve the environmental balance and social acceptance of modern agriculture. The talk will explain the most important success factors for digitization and networking within the agricultural sector.

Maria Guta is Senior 5G SatCom Solutions Architect in the Future Projects and Applications Division of the Telecom Technologies, Products and Systems Department Directorate of Telecommunications & Integrated Applications in the European Space Agency (ESA). Involved in the ESA initiative for 5G, prepares and implements technologies and services development activities to foster the integration of satellite and terrestrial solutions within the 5G and for various verticals. Interfaces with external stakeholders i.e. space and non-space organisations, national space agencies and EU, –DG Connect/Grow, to develop common understanding for the requirements for satellite systems and services, in view of convergence with terrestrial 5G networks. She has more than 20 years of experience in satcom field. In her previous positions, she was with Eutelsat in the Systems Studies Division and the Space Engineering SpA in the Telecom Programmes Division.

Title: Real life perspectives on 5G SatCom networks: The edge networking solution for 5G mMTC/IoT cases

Abstract: Satellites play a vital role in 5G networks bringing services to users and verticals and supporting a large number of 5G use cases. Satellite networks have specific attributes i.e. wide area coverage, availability with simple infrastructure, broadcasting, security, to address in a native manner current cases which were not yet considered for the first 5G standardisation releases, mainly because their implementation using only terrestrial networks is technically difficult or costly. The talk aims to introduce potential evolutions of satellite networks adopting edge networking solutions in support of 5G private networks for industrial verticals and mMTC/IoT cases with extensions of NB-IoT and NR.

Jürgen F. Diller: More than 20 years of executive management experience, within Start-ups as well as in SMEs and Very Large Enterprises. Outstanding ICT experience in managing complex organi-zational structures for Research & Development as well as Business Development. Juergen is a Senior Consultant at Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf GmbH, European Stand-ards & Industry Development Strategies, since the beginning of 2019. His responsibilities include strategic directions for industry vertical ecosystems and standard-ization. He is in charge of the development and execution of the respective strategic actions specifically but not limited to Huawei chip sets, AI platform and Edge/Cloud computing. Before joining Huawei, Juergen has had various executive management positions in the ICT industry. Juergen acted as Director Head Office, Berlin Center for Digital Transformation, Fraunhofer Society, being responsible for innovation and technology transfer as well as for the develop-ment of new ecosystems. Before that, Juergen was CEO of Cycos AG, a public company and unified communications solution provider, in which Siemens Enterprise Communications held a majority stake During his career, he also had several General Management positions at Siemens ICN and was Management Director at leading software-development companies.

Title: Convergence of ICT and OT within IEC

Abstract: Most if not all of the current industries are embracing the digitalization and the digital transformation of their business. It is mainly the digital transformation that is currently disrupting the traditional business models and driving the data and knowledge driven economies within the industries. This presentation will highlight the different ICT aspects that is impacting the current OT experience, such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing, Big Data, and Privacy. The evolved ICT will enable the deployment of the real time wireless networks will deliver opportunities to provide time sensitive applications but still benefiting of the mobility of the end devices. The ultra-low latency, high reliable connectivity and data processing are integral part of different operational technologies enabling the targeted digital transformation needs within the industry verticals. The presentation concludes that the boundaries between ICT and the OT areas are graying out and in the future the voice of the industry verticals will bring new challenges towards the traditional ICT driven standards organization. The digital transformation will be an important driver of new requirements where the industry vertical characteristics such as long duration form compatibility, safety, cyber security, etc are still preserved. Unfortunately, the standardization landscape is traditionally oriented around a division of Communication, Information and Operation Technologies.  Therefore, it is foreseen that an intensive collaboration between the different standardization development organizations and industry associations.

Mr. Atte Länsisalmi is Program Manager in Nokia Bell Labs where he coordinates Nokia’s industry activities for Industrial IoT. Atte joined Nokia Research Center in 1993 and has been involved in mobile communication research and standardization activities since the 2G, in roles of technical contributor, architect and coordinator. System Architecture and Core Network aspects in 3GPP standards have been his main focus areas. In recent years his focus has shifted to Industrial IoT and involving members from Automation Industry in the development of 5G and listening to their voice is one of his professional aspirations. Atte is engaged in related industry forums, such as IIC, where he is co-chair of the Connectivity Task Group and 5G-ACIA, where he holds deputy chairman position in Working Group 3, Architecture and Technology.

Atte holds MSc in Telecommunications Technology from Helsinki University of Technology, now known as Aalto University.

Title: Harnessing the Industrial IoT Opportunities with 5G

Abstract: 5G has features that are specifically designed to address the needs of vertical sectors, such as network slicing and URLLC. It is estimated that Industrial IoT alone will triple the number of needed base stations globally, so the true success of 5G depends on the verticals. It is also clear that many verticals will need efficient wireless technologies to be successful. The push and pull are there, but how do we assure that the ends meet? Consensus based standardization where technology providers and end users work together is known to be effective to solve this equation. In 5G standardization we have telco vendors and telco operators with vested interest and correspondingly strong play, but it is fair to say that the new group of users, the different verticals have yet to show their true nature. We have a lot to do together in this field. This is where organizations like Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) can have a significant role. While IIC is not a standardization body, it is world’s leading industry engagement organization for accelerating Industrial IoT, with over 200 member organizations from more than 30 countries. IIC is all about bringing the industries together, and so far, the main players come from the Industrial segment itself. IIC has produced a set of foundational documents, such as the IIoT Reference Architecture which includes business, usage, functional and implementation perspectives. This growing set includes also IIoT Connectivity Framework and soon also IIoT Networking Framework which both identify 5G as key technology enabler for IIoT.

Mona Ghassemian received the Ph.D. degree in mobile and  personal communications research from King’s College London (KCL), in  2006, with NTT DoCoMo scholarship. She continued at King’s College  London as a Research Associate in eSense 6th EU framework project. She  worked as a lecturer and senior lecture at King’s College London, University of Greenwich and SBU 2006-2007, 2007-2012, and 2012-2018,  respectively, and was a Visiting Research Associate at KCL, from 2008 to 2017. She is currently a Senior Researcher at BT research labs, working  on private enterprise networks, 5G IoT, and 5G-VINNI H2020 project.

Title: Private Enterprise Networks in the Era of 5G and IIoT

Abstract: In today’s digital world, the requirements of the enterprise continue to evolve and private enterprise network solutions and 5G technology may be a great fit for many emerging industrial verticals. This talk delivers private enterprise networks taxonomy, use cases, enabling technologies and concludes by presenting a competitor/collaborator strategy overview.

Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner is head of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Center at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and head of the IIoT research group within the chair of Next Generation Networks (AV) at the Technical University Berlin (TUB). In joint collaboration with the Berlin Center of Digital Transformation (LZDV) he is working with his groups in applying standard-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to industrial domains, such as Industry 4.0. With a focus on moving towards the realization of software-based industrial communication infrastructures, the most important research areas include industrial real-time networks (TSN/5G), middleware systems (OPC UA), distributed AI (Digital Twins) and distributed Cloud Computing (Edge Computing).

Title: The Edge Computing Paradigm for the Industry

Abstract: Sensors from the Internet of Things produce significant amounts of data and actuators can be controlled automatically based on this data. When used in industrial contexts, physics and regulatory frameworks pose some challenges in terms of response times and data protection. Pure data processing in a central cloud can reach its natural limits. The Edge Computing paradigm addresses these issues by processing data where it is generated. The Edge Computing Consortium  Europe (https://ecconsortium.eu) focuses on the identification of open  standards and implementations for the use of edge nodes in the  manufacturing industry. The aim of this talk is to facilitate  discussions about how Edge Computing and deterministic connectivity approaches, such as 5G for wireless and TSN for wired communication,  mutually depend on each other.

Sunku Ranganath is a Senior Network Software Engineer at Intel, working in Telemetry & Service Assurance domain. Sunku is an active contributor to Barometer project and founded Closed Loop Automation Working Group before joining TSC. He is active contributor to Collectd community and actively works on designing & prototyping many NFV solutions using OpenStack and Kubernetes, specializing in hardware aware acceleration. Sunku lives in Portland, Oregon and holds a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University.

Title: Edge Services, Now and Beyond

Abstract: How are we making easy for our developers to create the exciting 5G and edge services that are the real driving force behind edge transformation? Intel is developing and making available an open reference software toolkit – called “Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS)” that abstracts the complexity of the network and provides an easy button to “network-as-a-service” capabilities to the developer. Join us for a deep dive incursion into the future of edge services.

Dr. Ralf Irmer is Chief Innovation Architect at Vodafone Germany. He is driving innovation where 5G and new technology can revolutionize business verticals – such as railways, automotive, Industry production, robotics, drones etc. Before joining Vodafone Germany for the spectrum auction in 2015, Ralf was 10 years in R&D at the global Vodafone Headquarters in Newbury, UK. Here he had initiated and led the first 5G program within Vodafone and was for example one co-author of the NGMN white paper on 5G. Ralf holds a PhD from Dresden University of Technology and has co-authored more than 40 papers and holds numerous patents.

Peter Gaspar – Since 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Peter worked for multiple mobile operators in Austria and Slovakia. In Cisco (2007-2017) took care of the technical consultancy for mobility and networking technologies in Middle East, Africa and Russia/CIS. In the last 5 years he focuses on IoT solutions and infrastructure and has helped develop customer IoT solutions in the areas of Smart City, Asset Management, Retail and Transportation. In 2017 he joined A1 Digital to work as solution architect with focus on IoT connectivity, platform and architecture and supports customer solution development for fleet management, asset tracking, connected products and other.

Title: Smart Factories – reality check

Abstract:Short summary of the learnings we made in the market of the Smart Factory vertical. We will focus on viability and usage of mobile technologies today and in the future. How do the customers approach the topic, what are the quick wins and what are the fears that need to be addressed? What 5G powered technologies will find their way into the factories first and how will they evolve in time? We will also look at some successes as well as failures in customer projects.

Marcus Eibach works for Deutsche Messe AG and leads all 5G activities within the company. This means establishing a public and private 5G network at one of the largest exhibitions centers worldwide as well as developing new trade shows on this topic.  His team is building the networks across the different industry verticals. During the last five years he has led a majority-owned subsidiary. Marcus has worked at Deutsche Messe as a senior manager in different functions for almost 20 years now. Before that he has worked as an entity manager in the logistic sector at DHL Worldwide Express. Marcus holds a German diploma degree in economics from University of Bremen.

Title: Towards smart venues

Abstract: Deutsche Messe owns and operates one of the largest exhibition centers worldwide. Deutsche Messe intends to establish a public and private 5G network in the halls and the outside areas to serve exhibitors and visitors. Our intention is to go far beyond that pure service aspect. At Hannover exhibition center we want to showcase a wide range of applications enabled by 5G technology. This requires a multi supplier and operator strategy which is a big challenge. In the presentation we will report on the current status of the infrastructure concept and status of discussions with potential suppliers.

Dr. Krister Landernäs is principal scientist at ABB Corporate Research in the area of wireless communication. He has more than 10 years of experience working with research at ABB. As an expert on wireless communication he has actively contributed in standardization of new wireless protocols for automation. In recent years, Krister has worked with new automation solutions for factory and process industry, often in close collaboration with academia. He is also responsible for coordinating 5G activities in ABB Corporate Research and is currently technical manager for the H2020 5G-SMART project on factory automation.

Title: Towards Smart Factories with 5G

Abstract: 5G targets to become a key enabler of the Factories of the Future or Industry 4.0 by enabling and supporting the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry. The integration of 5G technologies in the manufacturing ecosystem has great potential to accelerate the ongoing digital transformation of the manufacturing industry at all levels. Such targets represent many new challenges to support seamless integration of 5G in the current manufacturing process. The need for evaluation and validation of real-world radio deployments is essential in order to drive future 5G standards and technology adoption in the manufacturing ecosystem.

Christoph Bach, Dr. Ing., works as Chief Technology Officer in the Service Provider segment since November 2017. In this capacity, he collaborates with a variety of service providers and industry customers in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

After working as research assistant for the distance learning university Hagen, he worked in the network development of RWE Telliance from 1995 to 1999 and of o.tel.o communications afterwards. Since 1999, he occupied various management positions with special focus on pre-sales, strategy and business development in Europe.

Title: Realizing smart manufacturing through 5G

Combining 5G networks with Industrial IoT (IIoT) will make manufacturing more effective and flexible. 5G network capabilities are evolving from the support of massive IoT to extreme low-latency IoT applications. Currently, most use cases on manufacturing sites are based on wired connections. However, as the evolving cellular capabilities are challenging industrial ethernet solutions, cables will in many cases become redundant, introducing opportunities for more flexible production and expanded digital operations.


Thomas Magedanz
Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
Paolo Bellavista University of Bologna,
Periklis Chatzimisios
International Hellenic University,

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