Taiwanese 5G delegation visits Worcestershire


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In Summary

General | 12th September 2018
A delegation from Taiwan will visit Worcestershire today (Wednesday 12 September 2018) to learn about 5G manufacturing technology trials in action.

In Detail

The delegates are visiting from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan’s top telecommunications operator Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Institute for Information Industry (III), two leading national research centres in Taiwan, and have come to Worcestershire following a speech at the Taiwan 5G Summit by Rahim Taffizolli, Director of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey.

The aim of the visit is for the delegates to gain insight into the 5G trials and tests currently underway in the UK. Visiting the Worcester Bosch factory, they will have the opportunity to discuss the 5G trials and then apply learnings to their own developments in Taiwan.

In order to showcase the work being undertaken, the Worcestershire 5G Consortium team will give a presentation about the 5G projects at the Worcester Bosch factory and also outline work being done by fellow consortium member QinetiQ, a multinational defence technology company. Projects underway within the consortium currently include preventative and assisted maintenance using radio enabled sensors, big data analytics and augmented reality.

The Taiwanese delegation will also present to the UK team, sharing valuable learnings from work that Taiwan is doing around the development and deployment of 5G.

The day will conclude with an open discussion on learnings and discussions on the future of of 5G and the impact it will have for Worcestershire, the UK, Taiwan, and the world.

During their visit to the UK, the Taiwanese delegates will also be visiting the 5GIC and going to Bedford to see the work that is being done by AutoAir, an organisation using 5G technology to develop new connected and autonomous transport solutions.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the 5G Innovation Centre, Europe’s largest centre for 5G development, said: “Taiwan and the UK were two of the first countries to adopt 5G as their national strategy. We would like to build on our common vision and join forces in developing innovative technologies and use cases for the future connected society and economy."

Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcster Bosch, said: “We are delighted to host the Taiwanese delegation at our factory on behalf of the Worcestershire 5G Consortium, and to explore 5G use cases with them. We look forward to a productive day of sharing best practice and developing a mutually beneficial relationship.”

The Worcestershire 5G Consortium is the only UK government funded Testbed that is focused on manufacturing and driving forward Industry 4.0 in the UK. The Testbed consortium is comprised of global partners and experts, including O2, BT and 5GIC at the University of Surrey. Several local businesses are already using the technology, including Worcester Bosch and multinational defence company, QinetiQ. Early indications from trials predict that we could expect to see as much as a 1% increase in productivity from manufacturing firms using the technology.

Results from tests and trials undertaken by the Worcestershire 5G Testbed, which is led by the Worcestershire 5G Consortium, will be fed into the wider 5G ecosystem and will provide the blueprint model for 5G rollout on a national scale.