Is There a Role for MSPs and 5G in Smart Manufacturing?

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2Q 2018 | IN-5143


5G-ACIA Starts the 5G Discussion between OT and IT Players


In April 2018, companies from Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) backgrounds, industrial associations, and academia joined forces to launch the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA). The alliance wants to help its members to understand the two converging worlds of OT and IT, and is meant to be a platform that fosters innovation within the industry with a focus on the potential of 5G in bringing smart manufacturing to the next level of its evolution. Members of the 5G-ACIA include leading traditional industrial players such as Bosch and Siemens, along with leading IT companies such as T-Systems, Intel, and Ericsson.

The challenge now for the 5G-ACIA is to effectively support the expansion of the 5G industrial ecosystem, create a real dialogue, and ensure the alignment of companies with very different interests. Creating the 5G-ACIA was the right choice; however, the need for the group highlights the fact that the role and potential of MSPs and 5G in manufacturing is far from clear and that t…

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