At Keysight World Innovate 2022, which opened from October 18-21, industry leaders, experts, and scientist shared their expertise and predictions to give technology leaders, engineers and innovators a head start on near-term and future developments in technology innovation. Top discussions at the four-day virtual event were private networks, 6G, automotive cars, digital twins, AI, and quantum computing.
Opening the event, CEO of Keysight Technologies Satish Dhanasekaran said, “There is no doubt that the rapid pace of technology innovation is only going to accelerate and present new challenges and opportunities for all of us. Given this reality, Keysight’s mission of accelerating innovation to connect and secure the world is more relevant than ever.”
|CEO of Keysight Technologies Satish Dhanasekaran at the opening of Keysight World Innovate 2022 |
“We are investing to be on the front end of these disruptive technologies to give you a compelling competitive advantage. Our strategy of being a software-centric solutions company enables us to embrace your realities and not just be a provider of tools but rather deliver insights to first-to-market solutions and create differentiated outcomes for you that enable your success.”
Rapidly evolving technologies, including quantum computing, digital twins, AI, electric and autonomous vehicles, and 5G and 6G, are powering endless imagination and innovation across all industries in Vietnam and the world.
Global 5G deployments are accelerating and scaling digital transformation across sectors. However, the potential of 5G has not yet been fully tapped.
|Jeff Harris, vice president of Portfolio and Global Marketing at Keysight Technologies, discussed global 5G deployments |
Jeff Harris, vice president of Portfolio and Global Marketing at Keysight Technologies, said, “The wireless communications community is still reaching to touch everything and everyone. So, anyone with a cell phone that’s less than 12 months old already has 5G, but there will still be a lot more capabilities in 5G that the carriers are still deploying. And, I think you’re going to see a lot of new applications, a lot of new ways that 5G is used and coverage that it can create. So, we are really at this beginning stage of really extracting what 5G can do."
“5G private networks are an area where the industry can extend its reach into places it might not have gone before. You can create a private network optimised for those specific needs. We start to look at being able to connect smart factories. You’re seeing more applications of 5G that can be connected to the larger 5G network. But 6G is the next frontier. With its faster speeds, lower latencies and a lot more network intelligence, not to mention dynamic, scalable computing and networking that is built right in. There’s a bright future in communications."
According to Pablo Tomasi, principal analyst and lead researcher on 5G Private Networks, Omdia Informa, some trends are emerging in private networks. Private 5G is delivering key benefits to enterprises. It increases efficiency and productivity, improves safety and security and brings better support for IoT/mission-critical/smartphones.
|Pablo Tomasi, principal analyst and lead researcher on 5G Private Networks, Omdia Informa |
Tomasi said some key trends are shaping private 5G. One of the most important trends was the spectrum. It may sound like a simple trend, but spectrum liberalisation is a key ingredient in this market.
“We all know the examples of the US, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and France, but there are many more countries that are providing spectrum for their enterprises. Liberalisation helps with the development of the market. Very recently, we have seen Brazil and India looking to provide the spectrum for enterprises,” he said.
According to Tomasi, there are some challenges for private 5G. Enterprises said that the key challenge for them to deploy private networks was integration. And the other was in the fact that cellular is not a known technology in many other verticals.
“But the more deployments we have, the more trials, the more testing, the easier it becomes to integrate. The more there is an ecosystem play, the more we can overcome this integration challenge,” he noted. “Private 5G requires the collaboration of a complex ecosystem. You cannot win alone in private 5G."
Tomasi said that the enterprise's appetites were changing. By 2023, 91 per cent of surveyed enterprises will have deployed 5G in two or more sites. So the appetite is increasing. Once one deploys a private 5G network, it will bring the right results.
According to experts, the automotive revolution is reshaping our world, with innovations in electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous vehicles continuing at a feverish pace. They also shared the challenges to wide-scale adoption and explored what the next decade will hold as the industry progresses to full vehicle autonomy.
Harris said, “We are in a renaissance in the automotive industry. We look at all of the innovation that has taken place in the automotive sector: electrification, autonomous driving, and advanced sensors that power it all. One company comes to mind as being at the forefront: Tesla. They are considered a pioneer in many ways. And it is because they have had a relentless quest to innovate. And that led them to be synonymous with concepts like automotive electrification."
|Experts discussed the automotive revolution |
Javier Verdura, global director of Product Design at Tesla said, "Design, innovation and technology are important. How can design change the world? Pollution and global warming are issues that we are all aware of. Design is a fundamental strategy to advance that mission.”
Verdura also emphasised the importance of the energy ecosystem in this revolution. The energy ecosystem consists of generation, storage, and transport. Solar roof generates energy for houses. And the power-wall charges cars and gives it energy to houses, which enables people to use energy at night. So people do not have to use energy from the grid.
According to Janet Ooi, Automotive Solutions manager at Keysight Technologies, the transition to EVs is well underway, fueled by rising environmental concerns, government legislation and financial incentives. The challenges presented by this shift are only increasing from battery technology to charging infrastructure. Scalability is also leading challenge facing the EV industry.
The EV charging infrastructure needs to accommodate rapid market growth and a wide range of charging use cases. Battery technology needs to improve to extend its lifetime and reusability, while smart energy management is needed to reduce the risk of great overload.
Discussing a scale of 1 to 10 for the readiness to transition towards large-scale EV integration, Tom Cheesewright, applied futurist and author said, "Fom a consumer desire and vehicle capability perspective, I think we’re right up there are at an 8. The vehicles are fulfilling people’s expectations. They are very desirable. What we do not have yet is the infrastructure. And from an infrastructure perspective, we had to be back down as a 4. There is a lot of work to do still on that front."
Hwee-Yng Yeo, Electric Vehicle Solutions manager, Keysight Technologies said, "In Europe, it is probably way more ready than we are here back in Singapore, and against in China where they are ahead of the game. So, for example, in China, in two to three years’ time, every one out of three new car purchases is going to be electric. And I think at about the same time, they will have enough charging stations for over 20 million charging points. So that is a lot of infrastructure readiness going on in there."
“In Singapore, we are taking the initial baby steps. The government has drawn up a plan. We will see 60,000 charging stations by the end of this decade. It takes a little longer, and the government’s support is crucial because infrastructure is one of the most important parts of this puzzle.”
Cecile Loison, EV market segment planner at Keysight Technologies, said that in Germany and Europe, they were taking big steps, and Europe was the region taking political decisions to move directly to complete electrification of the industry. And many car manufacturers have decided to switch to electrification and ban any other engines after 2030 or 2035.
“In a certain way, I would give a 4 because I am a bit more cautious with the supply chain. If we look at battery electric vehicle needs, six times more minerals are needed than with a conventional car. So, with a boom of EVs, it will also create some shortages in raw materials, which will also increase the battery cost,” Loison said.
More than 40 countries are pledging to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles before 2050, with Germany being one of the first to implement a ban by 2030.
| ||Keysight, Qualcomm enable global forum to activate certification of C-V2X Test Plan |
Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, and Qualcomm Technologies have enabled the Global Certification Forum (GCF) to activate the certification of a cellular vehicle-to-everything communications (C-V2X) test plan.
| ||Testing time is money: The business impact of test equipment issues |
Testing is a crucial element in the development cycle of any product, solution, or service. No matter what sector a business operates in, it will be subject to specific frameworks, standards, and regulations governing testing to assure that its products operate effectively and safely. Lawrence Liu, general manager for Asia-Pacific Sales (SAP) Operations at Keysight Technologies, writes about how important testing equipment is to businesses.
| ||5G remains strategic imperative for enterprises, governments in 2021 |
While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed deployments in 2020, 5G remains a strategic imperative for enterprises and governments in 2021, according to Keysight 2021 Predictions.
| ||Net-zero emissions strategy for tech sector |
The technology sector plays a vital role in developing long-term solutions to decrease climate-changing emissions. When companies take responsible action operationally and technologically, industry standards can be set for best practices and quality service provision that are realistic and aligned with the expectations of customers, investors, employees, and the needs of the natural environment.
| ||"It’s not too early to prepare for 6G" |
With 5G still in development and deployment, it may seem premature to plan for the next generation of wireless communication technology. But with ambitious goals that build upon the current generation, Ron Nersesian, president and CEO at Keysight Technologies, says it’s not too early to begin addressing the technological, regulatory, geographical, and educational challenges that will be required to make ubiquitous 6G a reality.