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5G for Control Applications in Vertical Domains

March 7, 2019

By Michael Bahr, Siemens AG, 3GPP 'cyberCAV' Rapporteur

3GPP Working Group SA1 has recently concluded its work on 5G service requirements for cyber-physical control applications in vertical domains (cyberCAV) with the approval of Technical Specification (TS) 22.104 - preparing the way for more detailed work in 3GPP Release 16.

cyberCAV efforts in SA1 are focusing on cyber-physical control applications in various vertical domains, especially in industrial automation and energy automation. 5G ultra-reliable ultra-low-latency communication (URLLC) is needed for sharing real-time information, for example, between machines at various steps in a production cycle.

TS 22.104 also contains the service requirements, such as on clock synchronization for time-sensitive networking, for cyberCAV using LAN-type services.

Immersive Media Meets 5G

February 23, 2019

Following a highly successful first Workshop in December 2017, 3GPP and VRIF are organizing the second edition on April 15 and 16, 2019 in cooperation with the Advanced Imaging Society. Industry technology leaders and participants will present and discuss around this year’s theme: “Immersive Media Meets 5G”

The Workshop is hosted by Sony Pictures at its beautiful studio location in Culver City, Los Angeles.

If you develop innovative Immersive Media/Mobile Networking you are invited to showcase your solution, please see https://www.vr-if.org/events/3gpp-vrif-ais-workshop/ for details.

2018 Excellence Awards

April 8, 2019

Last two 2018 Excellence Awards presented

In Xi'an - China, CT3 has recognised the outstanding contribution of Nevenka Biondic to work in the IMS/CS area and as the groups Rapporteur for Stage 3 aspects of the 5G System; Background Data Transfer Policy Control Service work in TS 29.554.

At the same location - RAN1's Kazuaki Takeda has received the last of this year's four awards. Kazuaki has been instrumental in covering a variety aspects of physical layer standardization from LTE to NR. More recently, he served as rapporteur for the NR Release 15 study and work item. He has also helped chair the Release 15 UE feature discussions, as well as some of the recent Release 15 LTE - eMTC/NBI-IoT online sessions.

TV and radio services over 3GPP systems

January 11, 2019

Production, contribution and distribution of TV and radio services over 3GPP systems - By Roland Beutler, EBU/SWR (Rapporteur 3GPP FS_AVPROD)

Broadcasting companies have looked to deliver all their services, linear and nonlinear, to portable and mobile devices for quite some time, but with only limited success. A major step forward was achieved, in 2015, when the “enhancement for TV service” (EnTV) study item1 provided a trigger for European broadcasters to get engaged in 3GPP.

Under the lead of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), broadcasters submitted their initial requirements for EnTV (see Figure 1), including the obligation of public service broadcasters to offer linear TV and radio programmes free-to-air. These requirements called for modifications of 3GPP components, including the radio access, the system architecture and the service layer & core network.

3GPP TR 22.816, published in the summer of 2017 in Release 14, took on board all of these early broadcast requirements - providing promising solutions2 based on LTE. Since then many field trials have been carried out - or have recently been started - which are testing that support for the delivery of broadcast services3 . Their findings together with the results of a gap analysis carried out on Release 14 are currently being fed back into 3GPP to optimize the system and close existing gaps. This will help to support the current Release 16 study on LTE-based 5G terrestrial broadcast4 which is based on the requirements defined in section 9.1 of TR 38.913 for NR.

Maritime Communication Services over 5G systems

Looking at the modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) in the context of 3GPP specification work.

December 19, 2018

By Hyounhee Koo (SyncTechno), 3GPP MARCOM rapporteur

The first 3GPP Technical Specification covering service requirements (Stage 1) for the support of maritime communication (MARCOM) over 3GPP systems (TS 22.119) was approved last week at the TSG SA Plenary meeting in Sorrento.

The maritime sector, particularly the International Maritime Organization (IMO), have been working on Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) modernization for maritime safety – for terrestrial and satellite systems – to close the ‘information gap’ at sea. In this endeavor, the government of the Republic of Korea and Korean Register (http://www.krs.co.kr) have led the way by advocating 3GPP standard-based networks, such as LTE and 5G, for maritime usage.

The work of 3GPP on bringing together 5G use cases for a variety of vertical domains is creating a unified communication platform that is now a prime candidate to provide a new wave of GMDSS modernization and for broader 5G maritime services.

However, there is work to do. Whereas 3GPP systems exist on land, providing a mature terrestrial radio environment, this is not the case for maritime. The first step that the 3GPP groups and the maritime sector have to achieve is to bring maritime communication into the scope of 3GPP standardization.

A step forward has been achieved with the approval of Stage 1 of the Maritime Communication Services over 3GPP System specification - TS 22.119.

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