Published: 28 April 2020

5GIC contributes expertise to Digital Business Marketplace

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) is working with leading industry partners on Digital Business Marketplace phase III – a programme which aims to deliver end-to-end multi-partner Industry 4.0.

The Digital Business Marketplace initiative will help companies in traditional industries to digitally transform their products and services, leveraging advanced technologies such as 5G communications and the Internet of Things.

The overall objective is to secure companies’ supply chains through Zero-Touch Orchestration (ZTO) and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), enabling orders to be fulfilled by a manufacturing company, for example, which relies on a number of different providers.

Surrey’s 5GIC testbed team has been involved in the Digital Business Marketplace programme since its inception in January 2019, contributing its capabilities such as 5G Core, CNF/VNF and SDN platform and providing 5G network slicing  (the ability to partition parts of the 5G network). During phase three of the programme, the team has worked with a range of industry partners including BT, NTT, Agile Fractal Grid, etisalat, Accenture, BearingPoint//Beyond, DG, Iota, mvine and Intel.

The next stage of work will be the testing and launch of commercial devices and services for a range of industries in areas such as Smart Grid, Smart Factory, Smart Vehicles, Smart Theatre and Smart Logistics.

Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the 5GIC within the Institute for Communication Systems, said: “By combining commercial efficiency with secure delivery based on 5G technologies, Digital Business Marketplace will help to deliver Industry 4.0. Through this programme, we have been able to share our knowledge as one of the UK’s leading 4G ecosystem providers and offer our testbed for testing future technologies.”


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