5G is bringing benefits to many industry verticals, spanning automotive, broadcasting and media, energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, mining, public safety. It can also enable new applications through the integation of satellite and take 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 that 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 of 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 their way through the various and often complex processes and stages, define technical requirements and maximise impacts with the resources available to them. It also guides standards specialists in embracing newcomers to create a bigger and 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.
If you are interested in joining this work as an industry vertical, association, regulator or policy maker, please get in touch with me: Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT: firstname.lastname@example.org.