Intel and Ericsson have announced a 5G Innovators Initiative with Honeywell, GE and the University of California Berkeley.
Designed to bring together leading technology companies, industry leaders and academia to explore, test and innovate with 5G network, the 5G Innovators Initiative (5GI2) will first focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and develop pilots for application of technologies including augmented and virtual reality for first responder drone surveillance of hazardous environments and other uses.
The pilots will include step-by-step blueprints of the network, cloud and 5G connectivity requirements – from speed and responsiveness to security and analytics. As other participants join, the pilots are expected to expand to other industries where 5G will enable societal improvements, such as autonomous driving, smart and connected cities, health care and media.
The pilots will also facilitate accessibility and transparency of results, encouraging progress in support of 5G industry standards and validation of new business models.
Says Ulf Ewaldsson, chief strategy and technology officer of Ericsson:
“This program is totally in line with Ericsson’s already established 5G programs, such as 5G for Sweden and 5G for Europe. This collaboration brings together necessary competence from technology providers, industry partners and academia to find sustainable solutions to digitize and transform other industries.”
Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation Standards, Intel Communications and Devices Group adds: “5G is not simply about making smart phones faster. It’s about the machines and things that will deliver an entirely new smart and connected future.
“Building our 5G future requires a new approach to industry collaboration and development. The 5GI2 initiative combines technological strengths and intellectual capital from each of the participants to build step-by-step blueprints for how early applications of 5G connectivity, IoT and cloud services will bring new forms of value to multiple industries.”