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5G - What architecture to serve vertical industry
  5G offers the promise to dynamically satisfy a multiplicity of concurrent requirements originating from various business models of vertical industries. The 5G PPP has published a White Paper on 5G empowering vertical industries and has further worked on an innovative 5G architectural model to enable those new business opportunities. In practice, the 5G infrastructure (RAN, EPC, Core) will often be shared among multiple verticals with a variety of mission-critical applications, each asking for independent service guarantees. Very low latency application from the "tactile Internet" or massive usages in the mMTC domain may have quite different service requirements. In that context, events pertaining to one application in one vertical domain should not affect the service guarantees for other domains/applications. Network slicing and virtualization technologies are called upon to cater for these concurrent resource usages and allow them to coexist on the same network infrastructure. However, further work is needed to refine the architectural elements enabling multi-domain management of resources, beyond the ETSI ISG NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO), with cross domain orchestration capabilities. The proposed panel will hence review the key requirements in a variety of vertical and discuss views on how these can be served within a unified end to end 5G architecture.

Bernard Barani is Acting head of unit in charge of research and innovation on "Future Connectivity Systems" in the CONNECT DG of the European Commission. He is responsible for the research strategy and related policy issues in the field of 5G networks. Current responsibilities include the implementation of the 5G Public Private Partnership, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes, and the implementation of the 5G action Plan recently presented by the Commission.
He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982.

Simone Redana is Head of Mobile Network Architecture & Systems Research Group in Nokia Bell Labs and Chairman of the 5G-PPP Architecture Working Group. Simone received the MSc and Ph.D. degrees from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2006, he joined Siemens Communication in Milan where he worked as consultant during 2005. Since 2008 he has been with Nokia in Munich, Germany. Simone contributed and leaded relay concept design in various EU research projects (WINNER II, WINNER+ and ARTIST4G). He contributed to the business case analysis of relay deployments and to the standardisation of Relays for Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 10. Simone has coordinated the EU funded project 5G NORMA (Novel Architecture for the 5G era) till end of 2015. His current research interests are on novel architecture solutions for 5G era.

Johannes Riedl finalized his PhD in mathematics in Munich in 2001. Afterwards he joined Siemens Information and Communication Networks as R&D engineer. There he was responsible for the development of innovative carrier network design concepts focusing on IP/Ethernet technologies. Joining Siemens Corporate Technology in July 2005, he is heading since mid of 2006 the research group ‚Industrial Networks’ focusing on wireline communication network technologies for industrial control networks addressing many different industrial domains, like smart grid, factory/process automation, mobility, railway automation, etc. Since 2008 he is representing Siemens on a European level in the Future Internet context and in the area of 5G.

Christoph Thuemmler is an industry consultant and a Professor of eHealth at Edinburgh Napier University in the United Kingdom. He studied Medicine, Political Science and Education and completed his PhD thesis on “Cerebral hemodynamic autoregulation” at Heidelberg University, Germany. After undergoing specialist training in General Medicine and Geriatric Medicine he worked in Germany and the UK. Having worked in the field since the late 90ies Christoph is one of the pioneers of eHealth in Europe. He has been involved in collaborative research on Radio Frequency Identification, the Internet of Things, serialization, the Future Internet, Cloud Computing, Big Data and 5G. Dr. Thuemmler has been working as a consultant with companies such as Teva, Huawei, VDI/VDE, Siemens, AOK but also with the European Commission as adviser to the EU-China Round Table on the Internet of Things. He has been involved in the 5G PPP as the convener of the health domain and to organise the collection of the requirements from the health domain leading up to the 5G AP. He is an IEEE Senior Member and keen application researcher. His current interests include 5G implementation and demonstration in the health domain, Health 4.0, the Medical Internet of Things, Smart Pharmaceuticals and e-connectivity, Hospital at Home and LPWA . He is the co-editor of 2 Springer editorials (Requirements Engineering for Digital Health (2015) and Health 4.0 (2017)) and author / co-author of more than 70 peer reviewed scientific papers and review articles.

El Khamis Kadiri graduated in mechanical & energy from the Lorraine Polytechnic University (France), and microelectronic engineer from the Bordeaux university. He starts his career as a Research engineer in the Scientific Research National Center « CNRS ». In 1998, he joined PSA Peugeot Citroën car maker as Packaging and Assembly expert at the Electronic department. He covered various positions as a project leader in the new EE system conception and as a Technological Strategy Manager. Now, he is responsible of the Connected Vehicle and EE Systems in PSA Groupe, in the innovation department. He holds more than 30 publications, communications and patents.

Diego R. López joined Telefónica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration & Standards activities within the GCTO Unit of Telefónica. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them. During this period he was appointed as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.

Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, and is co-chair of the NFVRG within the IRTF.

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  • Date:

    21 May 2017

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    621.389 Computer engineering

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Thuemmler, C. (2017, May). 5G - What architecture to serve vertical industry. Presented at IEEE ICC 2017, Paris



5G architectures, Industrial verticals, Health

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