Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Finnish project looks at 5G use in smart grids

Steve Rogerson
September 27, 2017

An industry group led by Nokia Bell Labs and including several academics in Finland has established a collaboration project called Wive (WIreless for VErticals) so smart grids and other industries can gain competitive advantage from the latest wireless technologies, especially 5G.
 
The project, co-funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), involves several industry, research institute and academic partners such as Nokia, Teleste, Telia, ABB, Cargotec Kalmar, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), Digita, regulator Ficora, Finnish universities and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
 
Over the next ten years, tens of billions of connected devices are expected to converge into intelligent and programmable systems that will improve lives in a vast number of areas. Transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, and treatment of health and wellness will all be affected by this change, which will bring opportunities for these industries but also capacity requirements for networks.
 
As well as smart grids, the Wive project, which is planned to run for two years, will focus on media and entertainment, machine-type connectivity, low latency communications and massive machine type connectivity, allowing a high number of devices to be connected with limited cost and energy consumption.
 
Wive aims to develop concepts and enable technologies, as well as test and experiment new vertical services offered by 5G. These communications services have versatile requirements for reliability, latency, data rates, security and availability. The project aims to demonstrate that these requirements can be fulfilled with future 5G networks with improved flexibility and cost-efficiency.
 
The project plans to implement vertical service pilots based on industry driven use cases on the top of 5GTNF testbeds – for example Take-5 and 5GTN+ – and will test vertical services and applications in a realistic testing environment out of the laboratory to discover possible technical and business opportunities and constraints associated with technologies to speed up the roll out of 5G vertical services.
 
Spectrum is one of the key enablers for the exploitation of the full innovation potential of 5G. Therefore, Wive is taking an active role in investigating and promoting flexible spectrum policies and spectrum management schemes to unlock spectrum assets for 5G.
 
A vital part of the project is also the focus on users and identifying business opportunities for different verticals. As devices and machines are increasingly connected, 5G could enable innovative service concepts and business cases across industries, paving the way for new business models and markets to emerge in the connected world. It will take content consumption patterns and routines among end-users into account when exploring business opportunities and scenarios for 5G.
 
Teleste's special area of interest in Wive lies in public transport, especially the rail industry. The company focuses mainly on services that enable high-capacity transfer of data, such as video recordings, from moving vehicles to ground systems.
 
"Requiring high capacity and low latency, video surveillance and versatile multimedia applications are pushing current wireless networks into their limits," said Jani Väre, director of R&D at Teleste. “Wive offers an excellent opportunity to investigate how 5G can overcome these challenges.”