The government and the private sector has jointly launched a smart factory alliance to help Korean 5G smart factory solution providers lead the world market.
The 5G Smart Factory Alliance (5G-SFA) was launched on Dec. 20 in a ceremony held at the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. Officials from the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of SMEs and Startups as well as private companies attended the ceremony.
The alliance was launched by smart factory-related ICT companies and operating technology developers to build a win-win ecosystem. Participating companies include smart factory ICT companies such as SK Telecom, Ericsson-LG, Microsoft Korea, Hyundai BS&C, Skelter Labs, and CMES and operating technology developers such as Samsung Electronics, Siemens Korea, Omron Korea, Nsquare, TUV Korea, Keyence and Pilz among others.
The 5G Smart Factory Alliance will develop industry commercialization technologies and various business models using 5G, and establish standards on smart factory technology interoperability.
In particular, SK Telecom plans to provide 5G networks, specialized solutions, data analysis platforms and terminals in an all-in-one package. The mobile carrier will also provide consulting services that can analyze data, recommending solutions and integrate cutting-edge technology into entire facilities.
"In order to secure the world's best smart factory technology, we are pushing forward with R&D support for smart factory-related sectors (the Ministry of SMEs and Startups), a 5G-based smart factory convergence service demonstration project (the Ministry of Science and ICT) and the advancement of a demonstration plant (the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)," a government official said.