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WIVE project uses 5G to increase the business value


Nokia Bell Labs driven industry group and several academics make it possible for new types of industries to gain competitive advantage from the latest wireless technologies, especially 5G. Cooperation takes place in Tekes co-funded project called WIVE (WIreless for VErticals). In addition to VTT and Nokia, the project involves Teleste, Telia, ABB, Cargotec Kalmar, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), Digita, regulator FICORA, and key Finnish universities. VTT is involved in the testing of services and applications for verticals as well as in the study of business aspects and regulations for 5G.

Over the next 10 years, billions of connected devices will converge into intelligent and programmable systems that will improve lives in a vast number of areas. Transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, health and wellness will all be affected by this change. The WIVE project, which is planned to run for 2 years, will focus on the needs of specific vertical sectors.

The WIVE project targets testing and experimenting new vertical services offered by 4G/5G especially for URLLC, mMTC, and media content delivery. These new communication services have versatile requirements e.g. for reliability, latency, data rates, and availability. The WIVE project aims at demonstrating that these requirements can be fulfilled with future 4G/5G networks with improved flexibility and cost-efficiency.

The WIVE project implements vertical service pilots based on industry driven use cases on the top of 5GTNF testbeds (e.g. TAKE-5 and 5GTN+) and tests new vertical services and applications in a realistic testing environment (out of laboratory) to discover possible technical and business opportunities and constraints associated with new technologies in order to speed up the roll out of new vertical services in 5G.

Spectrum is one of the key enablers for the exploitation of the full innovation potential of 5G. Therefore, WIVE takes an active role in investigating and promoting flexible spectrum policies and spectrum management schemes to unlock new spectrum assets for 5G.

A vital part of WIVE is also the focus on the user dimension and identifying business opportunities for different verticals. 5G enables innovative service concepts and business cases across industries, as devices and machines are increasingly connected, paving the way for new business models and markets to emerge in the connected world. The project takes content consumption patterns and routines among end-users into account when exploring new business opportunities and scenarios for 5G.

"Industry collaboration is essential for fostering innovation around 5G, and for enabling different industries to take full advantage of the faster connections that 5G promises. Nokia Bell Labs has a strong focus on ultra-reliable, low latency communications targeting new wireless communication systems for verticals, and the WIVE project provides us with greater insight into the requirements and opportunities for experimentation to test our solutions," says the industrial coordinator of the project, Mikko Uusitalo, head of wireless advanced technologies research at Nokia.

"The number of connected devices in the Internet of Everything era will pose new challenges to future networks from interoperability, scalability and reliability perspectives. WIVE has a lot to contribute here as part of, and in collaboration with, the 5G Test Network Finland – on top of the media business transformation activities bridging the work from preceding research activities in the FUHF (Future of UHF) project," explains program manager Mika Klemettinen from Tekes.

"2G/3G/4G have been breakthroughs in global mobile communications. 5G is less technology driven focusing on more users' and applications' needs generated by humans and machines. WIVE offers an opportunity to experiment not only communication technologies in 5G, but also applicability of different vertical services built on the 5G testbed ranging from Media and entertainment (M& E) to Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) and massive Machine Type communications", highlights Seppo Horsmanheimo principal scientist from VTT.

The WIVE project addresses the following vertical sectors:

• Media and entertainment (M&E)

• Machine type connectivity for industry, including

•Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), serving sectors like smart grids and remotely controlled machines

• Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), allowing high amount of devices to be connected with limited cost and energy consumption

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