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WIVE helps industry make the most of 5G

WIVE industry collaboration project utilizes 5G to increase the business value of automated transport, smart grids, massive machine connectivity and media delivery. TUT contributes to the WIVE project by developing flexible and programmable physical layer radio communication solutions.
In 5G networks, aggressive adoption and utilization of multiple transmit and receive antennas is one essential technology to increase the achievable data rates, reliability and spectral efficiency.
In 5G networks, aggressive adoption and utilization of multiple transmit and receive antennas is one essential technology to increase the achievable data rates, reliability and spectral efficiency.

An industry group led by Nokia Bell Labs and including several academics in Finland has established a collaboration project called WIVE (WIreless for Verticals) to make it possible for new types of industries to gain competitive advantage from the latest wireless technologies, especially 5G. The project, co-funded by Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), involves several industry, research institute and academic partners such as Nokia, Teleste, Telia, ABB, Cargotec Kalmar, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), Digita, regulator FICORA, key Finnish universities as well as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Tens of billions of connected devices will converge into intelligent and programmable systems that will improve lives in a vast number of areas over the next 10 years, according to some predictions. Transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, treatment of health and wellness will all be affected by this change which will bring massive opportunities for these industries, but also new capacity requirements for the networks. The WIVE project, which is planned to run for 2 years, will focus on the needs of specific vertical sectors.

The WIVE project targets to develop concepts and enable technologies, as well as to test and experiment new vertical services offered by 4G/5G especially for URLLC, mMTC, and media content delivery. These new communication services have versatile requirements e.g. for reliability, latency, data rates, security, and availability. The WIVE project aims at demonstrating that these requirements can be fulfilled with future 4G/5G networks with improved flexibility and cost-efficiency.

The WIVE project implements vertical service pilots based on industry driven use cases on the top of 5GTNF testbeds (e.g. TAKE-5 and 5GTN+) and tests new vertical services and applications in a realistic testing environment (out of laboratory) to discover possible technical and business opportunities and constraints associated with new technologies in order to speed up the roll out of new vertical services in 5G.

The WIVE project addresses the following vertical sectors:

  • Media and entertainment (M&E)
  • Machine type connectivity for application areas, including:
    • Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), serving sectors like smart grids and remotely controlled machines
    • Massive Machine Type Connectivity (mMTC), allowing high amount of devices to be connected with limited cost and energy consumption.

Spectrum is one of the key enablers for the exploitation of the full innovation potential of 5G. Therefore, WIVE takes an active role in investigating and promoting flexible spectrum policies and spectrum management schemes to unlock new spectrum assets for 5G.

A vital part of WIVE is the focus on the user dimension and identifying business opportunities for different verticals. 5G enables innovative service concepts and business cases across industries, as devices and machines are increasingly connected, paving the way for new business models and markets to emerge in the connected world. The WIVE project takes content consumption patterns and routines among end-users into account when exploring new business opportunities and scenarios for 5G.

"Industry collaboration is essential in fostering innovation around 5G, and for enabling different industries to take full advantage of the faster connections that 5G promises. Nokia Bell Labs has a strong focus on ultra reliable low latency communications targeting new wireless communication systems for verticals, and the WIVE project provides us with greater insight into the requirements and opportunities for experimentation to test our solutions”, underlines industrial coordinator of the project, Mikko Uusitalo, Head of Research Department on Wireless Advanced Technologies, from Nokia.

“A substantially higher level of automation, together with reliable, low-latency communication between nodes in a power distribution grid, are prerequisites to improving the reliability of supply and integrating a large amount of distributed, renewable and intermittent generation. The development of energy policies, legislation and regulation all drive smarter and greener grids and the transition will be facilitated by new technologies, such as 5G”, says Dick Kronman, manager of ABB’s Grid Automation Solutions business. “We will adapt our most advanced smart grid applications to a 5G test network as a benchmark. Collaboration within the consortium and practical tests will give us a comprehensive understanding of the Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC) capabilities of 5G and new business opportunities”, says Petri Hovila, program manager at ABB’s Medium Voltage Products unit in Finland.

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) contributes to the WIVE project through developing flexible and programmable physical layer radio communication solutions and processing algorithms for efficient multiplexing of different types of services in 5G New Radio (NR) networks.

“An additional potential added value that 5G NR networks can provide, compared to existing mobile networks, is very high-accuracy terminal positioning – both indoors and outdoors,”  says Professor Mikko Valkama from TUT, Laboratory of Electronics and Communications Engineering.

More information: professor Mikko Valkama ph. +358 40 849 0756,

News submitted by: Sanna Kähkönen
Keywords: science and research, services and collaboration, electronics and communications