32nd Workshop – Experimentation Facilities for Wireless Connectivity in Industrial IoT Applications

VIRTUAL EDITION – WEBINAR : Tuesday 8 September 2020, 1.30 PM


Industrial IoT applications often come with very specific challenges and requirements for wireless communication technologies, such as (very) low latency in command and control systems, high reliability in safety-critical applications, and high data rates in computer vision powered IoT.

In this workshop we present technological innovations for wireless-controlled industrial IoT applications, and we link them to use cases presented by industry.

Several innovations will be demonstrated through pre-recorded movies.

Participation in this workshop is open to all players in wireless technology, from technology providers and system integrators, to providers and end-users of solutions for (industrial) IoT applications.

This workshop also serves as the final assessment workshop of the EU-project ORCA (Orchestration and Reconfiguration Control Architecture) in which imec and KU Leuven serve as consortium members.


Virtual edition due to corona outbreak.

Programme: Presentations and Demos

13h30 Introduction
Kris Hermus, Coordinator Wireless Community & Innovation Program Manager, imec
Ingrid Moerman, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent

State-of-the-Art in Software-Defined Wireless Networking
Ingrid Moerman, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent
slides (members only, login required)

General intro to the concept of SDR/SDN. What’s available on the market and how can companies use these technologies today?


Challenges & Requirements for Wireless Connectivity in Robotics Applications
Dominick Vanthienen, CTO, Intermodalics
slides (members only, login required)

Intermodalics and sister company Pickit give eyes to mobile, flying, diving and industrial robots.

This talk gives an overview of some use-cases and challenges for wireless communication technologies in computer vision powered industrial IoT.

14h20 Challenges & Requirements for Wireless Connectivity in latency-sensitive and reliable applications
Wim Sandra, Director R&D and Product Management, Televic Conference
slides (members only, login required)
14h30 Boosting the performance of WiFi HaLow with the ORCA software-defined radio testbed
Marleen Boonen, CEO & Founder, Methods2Busines
slides (members only, login required)

We explain how we have combined the Methods2Business WiFi HaLow (802.11ah) solution with ORCA software-defined radio functionality, achieving concurrent multiple sensing for better channel utilization in Wi-Fi HaLow.


General introduction to demos: the ORCA wireless-controlled factory
Sofie Pollin, Professor, KU Leuven-ESAT
slides (members only, login required)



DEMO SESSION (10min per demo)

Videos are available on the ORCA-project website.

Demo 1 – 26 GHz mm-Wave communication for video streaming
Roberto Bomfin, TU Dresden
slides (members only, login required)

A camera is installed on a mobile robot for live inspection of the factory, it leverages on mmWave uplink with moderate throughput, a low-latency and reliable transmission at the downlink for the beam control, providing the capability of dynamic control on the physical layer (PHY).

Demo 2 – Low latency context-aware IoT control
imec-IDLab-UGent & KU Leuven-ESAT
presented by Seyed Al Hassani, Research assistant, KU Leuven-ESAT
slides (members only, login required)

Robots on the assembly line are simultaneously controlled via an SDR based multi-channel IoT gateway offering user-controlled service on each channel, while a Doppler radar senses the environment (e.g., speed of moving parts in nearby machines) to provide context-awareness.

Demo 3 – Distributed End-to-end Network Slicing and Orchestration
imec-IDLab-UGent & Trinity College Dublin
presented by Joao Santos, PhD researcher, Trinity College Dublin
slides (members only, login required)

Industrial applications with diverging service requirements can coexist on top of a shared infrastructure, leveraging end-to-end network slicing, enabled through a distributed orchestration of resources across multiple network segments.

Demo 4 – AGV navigation based on multiple radio access technologies (RAT)
Clemens Felber, NI, Dresden, Germany
slides (members only, login required)

AGVs in the ORCA warehouse rely on multi-RAT and control in the cloud to transfer parts between the assembly and the storage. The usage of multiple RATs provides high reliability, and reduced latency links for remote control.

15h30 Panel discussion – Conclusions  
15h45 End of the workshop  


Please complete the registration form below.

Registrations can be cancelled until September 1, 2020. After this date the complete registration fee will be charged. Please send an email to wireless-community@imec.be to cancel your registration.