5G is bringing benefits to many industry verticals, spanning automotive, broadcasting and media, energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, mining, and public safety. It can also enable new applications by integrating satellites and taking rural connectivity to new places. Investments in 5G should go hand in hand with inputs to the standards development process to ensure end-user requirements are properly met and the capabilities, interfaces, and performance characteristics they need are accounted for.
This may sound like a daunting task for many verticals with little or no experience working with a community of telecom industry specialists. This is where this Standards Tracker comes into play as a collaboration platform helping to lower entry barriers for verticals. It is designed to help specialists from industry verticals navigate the various and often complex processes and stages, define technical requirements and maximise impacts with their available resources. It also guides standards specialists in embracing newcomers to create a bigger, more diverse community with potentially high impacts through mutual support.
Its focus, for now, is on 5G standardisation work within 3GPP as a leader in supporting vertical industries and the roles played by associations like the 5G Infrastructure Association, 5G Automotive Association, 5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation and Public Safety Communication Europe. As the 5G standards landscape continues to evolve, so will the tool. This version will keep you updated with the latest developments in 5G technologies. In addition, a new version of the standard tracker will be released as part of the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), incorporating arising discussions and future roadmaps around standardisation processes linked to emerging 6G technologies.
If you are interested in joining this work as an industry vertical, association, regulator or policy maker, please get in touch with us: Francesco Osimanti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claudio de Majo (email@example.com), Trust-IT Services.