Private 5G Networks for Connected Industries

5G CONNI is a joint EU-Taiwan project within the European Union Horizon 2020 program that brings together major players in ICT and Industry 4.0 from Europe and Taiwan with the joint vision of paving the way for industrial 5G applications and accelerating deployments. It aims at providing an integrated end-to-end 5G test and demonstration network in selected real-world application environments, building on current results from standardization and related research projects. With the first commercial 5G products starting to reach general market availability in 2019, the project will provide an important contribution in verifying these technologies for new usage scenarios and business models while identifying and developing key enabling technologies for successful end-to-end integration and operation in relevant applications.
The project will follow an application centric approach for building an international multi-site 5G Smart Factory demonstrator that incorporates one manufacturing facility of Bosch in Germany and the Intelligent Machine Tools Center (IMTC) of ITRI in Taiwan. With this application target, 5G CONNI will address use cases in the area between the ITU-defined edge cases enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC).
A core aspect of 5G CONNI is the newly emerging notion of private 5G networks. While 5G technologies such as network slicing may accommodate industrial applications in public networks, the generational leap from 4G to 5G offers the opportunity to not only re-architect the network, but also the operator and deployment models. Private 5G networks, operating locally and highly optimized towards specific applications, are envisioned by the 5G CONNI partners to be an important component in helping both 5G and Industry 4.0 deliver on their promises.

5G CONNI Demonstrators

5G CONNI EU/TW: Joint Testbed Architecture


Sven Wittig (Fraunhofer HHI)

Sven Wittig is the coordinator of the 5G CONNI project. He is a research associate with a group focusing on millimeter-waves and advanced transceiver technologies at Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI located in Berlin, Germany. The group focuses on the implementation of future broadband wireless communication systems. His main areas of interest are RF measurement systems and instrumentation with a focus on wireless propagation channels, and prototyping of broadband communication systems.

Jack Luo (ITRI)

Jack Shi-Jie Luo obtained his Communications Engineering Master degree in 2013 from the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. Since 2014 he is an associate engineer at Information and Communications Research Laboratories, ITRI. He was working with Small Cell Forum to coordinate Private EPC Plugfest in 2017 requested by SoftBank. He has been working in the area of LTE and NB-IoT E2E system integration with emphasis on Radio Access Network. Currently, he is responsible for the E2E interoperability test and performance measurement for private 5G network.

Wilhelm Keusgen (Fraunhofer HHI)

Dr. Wilhelm Keusgen is heading the research group for millimetre-waves and advanced transceiver technologies at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, located in Berlin, Germany. The group focuses on the implementation of future broadband wireless communication systems. His main research areas are millimetre wave communications for 5G, measurement and modelling of wireless propagation channels, multiple antenna systems, full duplex communication and compensation of transceiver impairments.