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2019 Location Trends #3: Cooperation Powers Automation

The velocity of innovation and the complexities of advanced systems, alongside the economic investments they both require, have changed the way businesses compete.

Today’s companies are collaborative: they not only focus on their core business, but also partner for shared success by necessity. A similar cooperative process must also occur between businesses and government. This will help drive management and orchestration within future cities.

In recent years, IoT-driven automation was in its inception phase, requiring new data standards, communication frameworks and advanced network solutions. Now, automation is moving towards solving use cases through cross-industry collaboration and strategic partnerships.

The autonomous world is being built on data that is secure and trusted, yet shared and open. New data platforms and marketplaces require common data standards that must be agreed across businesses, governments and countries – all with the aim of enabling effective communication. An autonomous car driving from Vienna to Berlin must be able to communicate with one city’s infrastructure equally as well as the other. Synchronicity is a venture that aims to achieve this, by creating a common technical ground for smart city data.

The benefits of collaboration and cooperation for automation are already apparent in smart ports, such as the SmartPort of Hamburg, where multiple systems (freight management, driverless vehicles, dynamic traffic signs, real-time traffic management and navigation systems) are able to effectively communicate and cooperate with each other. At a larger scale, the EU-funded AEOLIX platform connects logistics information systems of different characteristics across Europe, intra- and cross-company, for the real-time exchange of information in support of logistics-related decisions.

Burchardkai-Hamburg 141217-03In the port of Hamburg (a testing ground for 5G), state-of-the-art digital intelligence guarantees a smooth and efficient operation. Interaction between sensor technology and analysis, forecasting, and information systems delivers huge efficiency gains. © HHM/Dietmar Hasenpusch

The cornerstone of automation is a network that is scalable, flexible and allows for minimal latency – something that is critical for autonomous services, from driving to emergency response. 5G promises to deliver this, and the public and private sector are already working together to build it. In Europe, a joint initiative between the European Commission and the European ICT industry, the 5G PPP, will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for Europe’s 5G network.

shutterstock_11628143205GTNF is the world’s first open 5G testing network, centered around multiple Finnish cities. The network offers testing, trialing, and piloting services, as well as possibilities for bilateral cooperation within the ecosystem.

Future autonomy requires us to reach real globalization – neither political nor economic globalization, but data globalization through data standardization, and open yet trusted communication. Openness to collaboration, integration, interoperability and exploring opportunities across all industries and sectors are crucial prerequisites for an autonomous world. The goal is to create an open world where anything can talk to anything, across geographical and political borders.

What’s next?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing similar break-downs of each of the location trends. If you want to download the full report, get in touch with us.

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