IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-19 April 2019 // Marrakech, Morocco
Touch through Wireless

Panel 7

5G Enabled Smart Industries


During 2019 initial 5G network launches are taking place globally. Most aggressive service provides are in North America and Asia, followed by European countries. Initial launches based on 3GPP Rel.15 specifications are focusing on offering a major service improvement for personal services. Increased use, better quality and wider offering of various video-based services are pushing the current networks to their limits, and 5G is expected to solve that by offering unlimited broadband experience.

While initial standards and therefore network launches are focusing on offering mobile broadband and consumer services, 5G is expected to open a wide set of completely new business opportunities for practically all business sectors, or verticals. With increasing use of cloud-based services, virtualization, and architecture optimized for connected objects, ultra-reliable network, data processing at the network edge, low-latency communication, etc. are making wireless 5G connection truly an attractive communication alternative and promising base for wider digitalization and data-driven and automated decision making in various sectors. 5G translates many existing industry products to mobile devices unleashing huge potential enabled by increased mobility. Big value creation potential is estimated on various business sectors, and highest growth potential particularly for industry & factories until 2025 (low estimates 1210, high estimate 3700 $B) globally. Large enterprises operating in manufacturing, automation, utilities, transportation, etc. can be referred as ‘physical industries’ to make a difference from ‘digital industries’ consisting of technology, content, finance, insurance, etc. segment. These physical industries are said to occupy 70% of the industry workforce cost, and only 30% of the IT investments. Therefore, digitalization on industry segment with secure and robust wireless infrastructure has big value creation potential improving competitiveness. For an individual factory or a manufacturing facility mobile wireless solution introduces a broad range of automation and industrial use cases applicable both indoor and outside.


  • Feasibility of 1st phase 5G solution in an industry environment
  • Adaptation of 5G URLLC introducing wireless industrial internet
  • How to create an economically sustainable operational model and a solution for a tailored mobile network for an industry campus?
  • Possibilities of re-using existing investment by transforming existing wired industry equipment to wireless by integrating 5G radios to existing industry machines.
  • Adaption of existing wired industry processes to operate as unified system in fixed / wireless 5G architecture.
  • Solutions for seamless interaction between humans and machines by integrating connectivity to the objects flowing through the logistical chain, utilizing the data, and learning for service creation.
  • Using video and other similar technics for identifying goods, humans and vehicles and introducing services e.g. for maintenance, quality control, logistics, and security.
  • Tele presence and remote control possibilities enabled by low-latency communication. Humans may be assisted, and machines can be controlled and assisted remotely

Panelist bios


Prof. Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu, Finland


Mr. Olli Liinamaa, Nokia, Finland

Dr. Andreas Müller, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Prof Gerhard Fettweis, Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Prof. Mehdi Bennis, University of Oulu, Finland

Dr. Krister Landernäs, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden