Brussels, 26 March, 2019

A further step to strengthen end-to-end digitalisation in Europe through collaboration between Smart Networks and IoT.


In December 2018 the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore areas of common interest to support the development of innovative IoT applications built on world-class communication networks infrastructures.

On that basis, a “Joint 5G IA – AIOTI Vision on Future Networks, Services and Applications” has been produced with the objective to outline the societal and economic impact potentials of a collaborative approach in the framework of Horizon Europe, the EU’s next funding programme for research and innovation that will run from 2021 to 2027.

“To enable the full potential of future smart networks we need to consider the end to end aspects. This collaborative vision paper is an important step in this direction by addressing the end user in the form of IoT”. Colin Willcock, Chairman of the Board of 5G IA.

The emergence of 5G, NGI and other technologies will open up further opportunities for the digital economy, while continuing to highlight the need to deal with the non-technological challenges that arise from deploying increasingly intelligent systems. It is in applying this comprehensive and cohesive approach that Europe truly leads on the global technology stage. Kees van der Klauw, Chairman of the AIOTI Management Board.

More than ever, the viability of infrastructures critically depends on their applications and the viability of applications critically depends on infrastructures.

Smart Networks of the future will be the nervous system of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) and other commercial networks and the platform for driving the digital transformation of vertical industries (providing smart connectivity to economy and society).

Interconnection of everything provided by Smart Networks will be a key feature of a competitive advanced society. Internet of Things represents one of the largest innovation areas in the coming decade combining many technologies, devices, systems and data in applications.

It is all about breaking down silos to create synergies to successfully drive the digital transformation of Europe recognising that such an approach is equally important in the relations with other key technologies like for example Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Collaboration with institutions at EU and Member States level as well as with key actors of strategic application domains (e.g. mobility, energy, industry) is also essential to create an innovation ecosystem, which can foster the development of a digital society and digital single market while addressing the challenges posed by critical factors such as privacy, security, resilience, flexibility, and portability.


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