Wireless R&D priorities for pandemic response management

  • Network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) made it to the top of the list! Respondents specifically coming from an industry background stressed that NFV/SDN is key to enable 5G networks to deliver on the promise of highly scalable, highly reliable, ultra-low latency services.
  • With NFV/SDN in place, ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) occupied top positions in the list as well. This is likely due to the fact that URLLC is seen as a key enabler for two use cases considered highly relevant during pandemics: factory robotization and warehouse automation.
  • Surprisingly, device-to-device (D2D) communications achieved a stunningly high rank in the list, actually the second place. D2D has morphed into multiple catchy names over the past decade. But most recently, it is re-emerging under the brand names of “sidelinking” and “vehicle-to-everything”. If D2D is good enough for autonomous vehicles on the street, it should be also good enough for autonomous agents on the factory and warehouse floors.
  • Location-based services (LBS) and positioning technologies were also highlighted, although to a lesser extent. This makes sense since the new norm is one where automation and physical distancing seem to prevail. As such, accurate positioning and tracking will kick in as a valuable tool.

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Ahmed Bader

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