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WIVE project uses 5G to increase the business value of smart grids

A group led by Nokia Bell Labs and academics in Finland has established a collaboration project called WIVE (WIreless for VErticals).
Published: Wed 20 Sep 2017

The aim of the project, which will run for two years, is to give new types of industries, such as smart grids, competitive advantage with the help of the latest wireless technologies, especially 5G.

Co-funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), the project involves several industry, research institute and academic partners including Finnish multinational communications company, Nokia; Finnish technology company, Teleste; telephone company and mobile network operator in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States, Telia; technology company, ABB; cargo technology company, Cargotec Kalmar; as well as the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), Digita, regulator FICORA, key Finnish universities and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The WIVE project will focus on the needs of  machine-type connectivity for application areas including ultra reliable low latency communications (URLLC) to serve sectors like smart grids and remotely controlled machines. ANother is massive machine type connectivity (mMTC to  enable a high number of devices to be connected with limited cost and energy consumption.

Technical and business opportunities

WIVE aims to develop concepts and enable technologies, as well as to test and experiment new vertical services offered by 5G, especially for URLLC, MTC, and media content delivery. These new communication services have versatile requirements for reliability, latency, data rates, security and availability. The WIVE project aims to demonstrate that these requirements can be met with future 5G networks with improved flexibility and cost-efficiency.

The WIVE project implements vertical service pilots based on industry driven use cases on the top of 5GTNF testbeds (e.g. TAKE-5 and 5GTN+), and tests new vertical services and applications in a realistic testing environment (out of the laboratory) to discover possible technical and business opportunities and constraints associated with new technologies to speed up the roll out of new 5G vertical services.

Spectrum is one of the key enablers for the exploitation of the full innovation potential of 5G. Therefore, WIVE is taking an active role in investigating and promoting flexible spectrum policies and spectrum management schemes to unlock new spectrum assets for 5G.

A vital part of WIVE is also the focus on users and identifying business opportunities for different verticals. 5G enables innovative service concepts and business cases across industries, as devices and machines are increasingly connected, paving the way for new business models and markets to emerge in the connected world. WIVE takes content consumption patterns and routines among end-users into account when exploring new business opportunities and scenarios for 5G.

Industry collaboration

"Industry collaboration is essential in fostering innovation around 5G, and for enabling different industries to take full advantage of the faster connections that 5G promises. The WIVE project provides us with greater insight into the requirements and opportunities for experimentation to test our solutions," said the industrial coordinator of the project, Mikko Uusitalo, head of wireless advanced technologies research at Nokia.

"The number of connected devices in the Internet of Everything era will pose new challenges to future networks from interoperability, scalability and reliability perspectives. WIVE has a lot to contribute here as part of, and in collaboration with, the 5G Test Network Finland - on top of the media business transformation activities bridging the work from preceding research activities in the FUHF (Future of UHF) project," said program manager Mika Klemettinen from Tekes.

"A substantially higher level of automation, together with reliable, low-latency communication between nodes in a power distribution grid, are prerequisites to improving the reliability of supply and integrating a large amount of distributed, renewable and intermittent generation. The development of energy policies, legislation and regulation all drive smarter and greener grids, and the transition will be facilitated by new technologies, such as 5G," said Dick Kronman, manager of ABB's Grid Automation Solutions business.

 "We will adapt our most advanced smart grid applications to a 5G test network as a benchmark. Collaboration within the consortium and practical tests will give us a comprehensive understanding of theURLLC capabilities of 5G and new business opportunities," said Petri Hovila, program manager at ABB's Medium Voltage Products unit in Finland.

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