Ericsson Ringside Sessions

AI, Automation & 5G – what’s really needed to deliver Industry 4.0? From Hannover Messe

Thank you for joining us at the Ringside!

In the Session, the participants got into some tough discussions about AI, automation and how connectivity is needed to support Industry 4.0.

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The third Ringside Session is a wrap. We would like to thank all the viewers who joined us! For those who missed the live Session: Don’t worry! The on demand version is available.

First response of Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, immediately after the event: "It is great to see how aligned we are as an industry. We all have a common view on what 5G, IoT, artificial intelligence and automation can bring to transform all of the industry".

In the Session, an executive operator representative, three industry leaders, and Arun Bansal from Ericsson joined Shivvy Jervis, our moderator, to discuss

  • How are operators and enterprises approaching Industry 4.0 today?
  • Where are they seeing the value?
  • How will the arrival of key technologies drive a new phase of innovation?

The participants got into some tough discussions about AI and automation and if they will deliver new avenues for value creation. Consensus was reached that connectivity plays a fundamental role realizing Industry 4.0. Now we all know more about the demands industries have and how 5G enhances the operator proposition to support industries in their transition towards Industry 4.0.

In the weeks to come, we will also follow up on the topics and questions raised during the live debate with more in-depth material. Until then, make sure to take a look at the Ericsson AI, automation and 5G related studies in the section below.

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From Hannover Messe

Ericsson's Ringside Session 3 were broadcasted live from the Sweden Co-Lab area at Hannover Messe (Hall 27, booth h30).

Visit us at Hannover from April 1 – April 5 in Hall 8 (Ericsson main booth), Hall 27 (Swedish Co-Lab Pavilion) and Hall 16 (5G arena) to experience how your industrial value creation can be limitless with 5G!

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Ringside Session participants

Industry voices that joined us for Ringside Session #3

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Shivvy Jervis, Moderator

Award winning tech futurist
Shivvy is a multi-award winning tech futurist and broadcaster focusing on the most groundbreaking advances reshaping how we do business. She has received over 20 accolades for her work, including a "woman of the year" nomination by the UK public and being voted one of Europe's most creative thinkers in tech. She is the former head of digital for the world's third largest telco and the creator of two long-running innovation video series' where she interviews the world's top tech pioneers.

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Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson

Arun is President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson. He joined Ericsson in 1995 and has held various senior positions in the company, including Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products from April 2016 to March 2017, Head of Business Unit Radio from 2014 to 2016, and Head of Region South East Asia and Oceania from 2010 to 2014. He was also responsible for establishing the world's first managed capacity operation with the operator Bharti Airtel in India. Arun holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, both from India.

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Guido Jouret, Chief Digital Officer, ABB Group

Guido Jouret is the Chief Digital Officer of ABB, a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. He leads the next level of development and deployment of ABB's digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses. Guido is a United States and Belgium citizen, with long experience in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining ABB, Guido was with Nokia Technologies, Envision Energy and prior to that Cisco for several years, his most recent role there was as General Manager of the Internet of Things business unit.

Adel Al-Saleh CEO of T-Systems

Adel Al-Saleh, Member of the Deutsche Telekom AG Board of Management and CEO T-Systems

On January 1, 2018, Adel Al-Saleh, born in 1963, started his role as Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom AG and CEO of T-Systems. The first 19 years of his professional life at IBM Al-Saleh was holding a variety of senior leadership roles. His last role at IBM was Vice President and General Manager, Sales and Industries, IBM Northeast Europe Integrated Operating Team, responsible for IBM sales across all industries and products. In December 2011 Al-Saleh joined Northgate as Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Information Solutions (NIS) Group until he took over his new responsibilities at Deutsche Telekom. Al-Saleh graduated from Boston University in 1987, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and received his Masters of Business and Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1990. 

Dr. Bernhard Quendt, CTO Digital Factory Division, Siemens

Dr. Bernhard Quendt, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Digital Industries at Siemens AG

Bernhard Quendt is CTO of the operating company Siemens Digital Industries.
Prior to that he headed the platform segment of the Business Unit Automation Systems and led the R&D activities of the Business Unit Rail Automation. Previously he had various management positions within Siemens Communications, e.g. in Product Management, Technical Sales and R&D. Bernhard Quendt holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and information technology from Munich University of Technology, a M.Sc. in telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications Paris and a M.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Stuttgart.

Giovanni Pacini, Director for Global Digital Industrial Operations, Electrolux

Giovanni Pacini, Global Director Digital Industrial Operations, Electrolux

I like to dedicate my time to challenges with a deep purpose, exploring new horizons that ignite me with passion and curiosity. So I spent my career jumping from consulting to industry, going from Ferrari to McKinsey with a couple of intermediate steps. My background is in Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence. Having spent years leading projects and transformation in various industries I started to focus on new digital technologies in 2013 as the natural evolution of the lean toolbox.
Now, at Electrolux, I lead the digital transformation of plants and supply chain at a global level, matching Technology introduction with People transformation in a meaningful way in order to help Electrolux to reach a new level of sustainable growth supporting our purpose of "Shape Living for the Better".

Ringside Views

Ringside Views is our quarterly update exploring topics important to the industry. Each issue looks into the questions being asked at the Ringside Session. The latest edition is focused on Security and IoT.

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Ringside Session #1 - Will Operators fail to become IoT businesses?

Get to know what was the participants' view on the importance of IoT? Where do they see opportunities and challenges?

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Ringside Session #2 - Is 5G the key to secure IoT & Industry 4.0?

In the Session, two executive operator representatives, two industry leaders, a security expert, and Ericsson to discuss whether 5G will be key to secure IoT & Industry 4.0.

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Ericsson studies related to the third Ringside Session

Here are some great related Ericsson reports to dive deeper into the topic of AI, automation and 5G.


Artificial intelligence and machine learning in next-generation systems

Based on insights about future 5G systems,  developments in manufacturing and ITS automation, this white paper reflects on the technical challenges the R&D community needs to address to fully capitalize on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

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Cellular IoT Evolution for Industry Digitalization

This Ericsson white paper describes the evolution of Cellular IoT from the more basic use cases and less demanding characteristics of Massive IoT, through the more demanding use cases and onward to the extremely demanding use cases that are expected to be addressed by Critical IoT and Industrial Automation IoT.

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Creative machines - How artificial intelligence will impact the future labor market

In this insight report we explore what impact the current AI-driven digital transformation of society has on jobs.

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Boosting smart manufacturing with 5G wireless connectivity

This article focuses on how 5G ultra-reliable low-latency  communication (URLLC) will accelerate the transformation of the manufacturing industry and make smart factories more efficient and productive.

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Managing networks in the future

To address increasing network complexity, Ericsson has introduced a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based managed services model for communications service providers – the Ericsson Operations Engine.

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AI and automation

To be relevant in the new digital economy, it is crucial to excel in delivering what is needed, when it is needed, and doing so for every customer. What is the role of AI and automation?

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