CTIA, 5G-ACIA Partner on 5G IIoT Certification Standards
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | Comments

CTIA Certification and the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA), a working party of ZVEI, announce the signing of a cooperation agreement (COOP) to advance 5G industrial certification requirements. The partners seek to accelerate the certification, adoption and implementation of 5G technology across the industry.

Industrial manufacturers are increasingly adopting 5G-enabled technology and its broad range of applications, including new solutions designed to improve worker safety, operational security, process efficiency, and more on the factory floor. As the industry embraces innovation, it is important to ensure the 5G-enabled technologies they adopt are certified to the highest global standards. The CTIA Certification/5G-ACIA cooperation agreement will make it possible to meet these needs.

By connecting experts from CTIA Certification with experts from operational technology (OT) and information and communications technology (ICT) companies around the world, the partners will leverage their considerable expertise to advance industrial 5G certification standards and develop solutions. Together, the partners will:
• Determine which certification standards and processes already exist that can be leveraged and expanded upon for industrial 5G applications.
• Improve 5G capabilities for the manufacturing industry by exchanging information on industrial internet of things (IoT) use cases and testing requirements to certify 5G products for industrial use.
• Advance progress toward a robust global pipeline of interoperable devices, networks and services that enable the high-quality, reliable and secure wireless communications required for industrial and manufacturing use cases worldwide.

“The CTIA Certification team looks forward to our partnership with 5G-ACIA, which will benefit the manufacturing industry at large as we test and certify 5G devices for industrial use,” said CTIA Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Tom Sawanobori. “As we move forward in developing the certification ecosystem for 5G manufacturing applications, we will connect manufacturers to trusted, certified technology that will help maximize the effectiveness, reliability, safety, and security of their operations.”

CTIA Certification and 5G-ACIA also plan to jointly organize an “Industrial 5G Day,” to be held this fall in San Diego, California. The event will focus on industrial 5G as a key enabler for the developments toward Industry 4.0 and the factory of the future, as well as how it will provide unprecedented performance to support even the most demanding and critical industrial applications. Sessions will be tailored for potential end users, automation specialists, and other stakeholders of this emerging ecosystem.

"For us, the cooperation agreement with CTIA is a big step forward for supporting the establishment of a rich ecosystem of Industrial 5G products and solutions and for further strengthening the footprint of 5G-ACIA in North America,” said Dr. Andreas Mueller, 5G-ACIA general chair. “Our Industrial 5G Day in September in San Diego will be a great opportunity for all interested stakeholders to learn more about this and other initiatives of 5G-ACIA."

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