GCF and 5G-ACIA agree to explore industrial 5G certification needs

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The Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) – as a working group of ZVEI - Electro and Digital Industry Association – have signed a cooperation agreement (COOP) to jointly investigate industrial 5G certification needs.

This agreement brings together experts from operational technology (OT) companies and information and communication technology (ICT) companies with experts from the Global Certification Forum.

The collaboration aims to share information on Industrial IoT use cases and related requirements for testing and certification of 5G products. Another main goal of the COOP is to evaluate applicable testing and certification programmes for 5G Industrial IoT products.

Both parties are also interested in ensuring interoperable devices, networks, and services to enable the high-quality, reliable, and secure wireless communications required for industrial use cases in automation, factories, etc. worldwide.

GCF’s mission is to facilitate the three steps to certification: Test-Certify-Connect and enables the testing of mobile and IoT products and manages industry-agreed programmes to certify them. In doing so, GCF builds confidence among both network operators and industrial users when connecting GCF certified products to networks and services.

According to 5G-ACIA its mission is to ensure the best possible applicability of 5G technology for connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process industries.

5G-ACIA was established to ensure that the interests and particular aspects of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardisation and regulation and looks to ensure that the ongoing 5G developments are understood by and transferred to the industrial domain. This includes possible integration concepts and migration paths, together with the evaluation of key technologies emerging from 5G standardisation bodies.

Commenting Lars Nielsen, CEO and General Manager, Global Certification Forum said, “GCF’s members have been working to ensure confidence in interoperability through rigorous certification to 3GPP standards. The organisation continues to evolve to meet the needs of new stakeholders and, as part of this, has started to include work items relating to industrial use cases. Now, cooperating closely with 5G-ACIA, GCF aims to accelerate this activity to enable connected industries and automation companies to benefit from the same advantages as ICT companies when undertaking 5G deployments.”