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Member Spotlight: Q&A With Thierry E. Klein, President Bell Labs Solutions Research, Nokia Bell Labs

Open Generation Core Member Spotlight: Nokia

As a founding member of Open Generation, Nokia’s Thierry Klein has been a part of the Management Committee since its inception. During his time as a member, he has authored influential thought-leadership papers like Unlocking Robot Orchestration with 5G, and regularly participates in Open Generation events. He is known as a trusted voice about the future of wireless technology, network, and industrial automation solutions, and In 2022 he hosted a keynote at our 5G Summit called Drones and the Future of the Industrial Metaverse.


What do you most value about being an Open Generation member and being a part of the Management Committee?

There are many positive aspects of being a member of Open Generation and being part of the Management Committee. Open Generation provides a forum to discuss significant challenges, share perspectives, and collaborate to accelerate innovations that will positively impact society. Innovation happens at the intersection of industries, and Open Generation provides a unique forum for cross industry collaboration. The organization brings together experts and leaders across the end-to-end ecosystem spanning network infrastructure, devices and components, communication services, drones, applications, analytics, and end-users. It is this diversity and breadth of expertise and experience that makes Open Generation unique.

As a founding member of the Management Committee, I am privileged to have been able to help establish Open Generation and contribute to shape its mission, objectives, and scope. Through the Management Committee, I get a perspective across the different activities, working groups, and engagements with stakeholders. It is exciting to see how Open Generation has established itself as a leading organization and has contributed to the dialogue on the use of 5G and advanced networking technologies to support mission critical applications, such as the use of drones for industrial, enterprise and public safety scenarios.

How has collaborating with other Open Generation members helped advance Nokia’s strategic objectives?

At Nokia, our purpose is to create technology that helps the world act together. As a B2B technology innovation leader, we see the potential of digitalization to transform business, industry and society. However, maximizing the opportunity of digital cannot be achieved alone. We believe that to create the digital services and applications of the future, businesses, technologies and innovators must act together to build on each other’s expertise to create the types of collaborative advantages that Open Generation enables.



Looking back on your contributions to Open Generation, what do you believe Nokia’s biggest accomplishment has been?

With Nokia as the chair of the Implementation, Testbeds, and Experimentation (ITE) workgroup, Open Generation has installed and established the nation’s first 5G experimental hub for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) at the NUAIR 50-mile drone corridor in Rome, NY using a Nokia Digital Automation Cloud 5G solution. It is dedicated to 5G Beyond Visual Line of Sight and long-range flight paths, which is critical to the commercialization of safe and secure UAS. We will experiment with various use cases, including emergency response and package delivery to demonstrate and validate these solutions. Early results and performance have been documented in the Deployment of a 5G Network Testbed to Support Drone Operations White Paper.

What future Open Generation research is Nokia most interested in? Which use cases are you particularly interested in advancing?

The Management Committee is committed to continuing the fantastic work surrounding the industry segment of UAS, but the consortium is also looking forward to targeting new 5G vertical use cases, which may include smart cities and smart agriculture. In addition, I am also quite interested in smart energy, intelligent transportation systems, logistics and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and even space exploration. 5G is a critical horizontal enabler for all these industrial sectors and a plethora of use cases and applications.

How can new members help Open Generation be even more effective? Are there types of members not part of the consortium today with whom Nokia is most interested in working?

Additional members of Open Generation can help accelerate innovation by providing diverse insights across industries and verticals. These insights can help advance new use cases which are enabled by 5G and edge cloud capabilities and will further the consortium’s goal of driving generational impact for public good. It takes an ecosystem of technology, business and regulatory stakeholders to drive successful collaboration. Also, the legal framework must be in place to support future applications going from testbed to commercial deployment. We need to work together to be successful and Open Generation allows us to advance collectively.

I believe that drone manufacturers, industrial manufacturers and logistics companies would find immense value in participating in the consortium’s current use cases.

Also, as we engage in the Smart Cities vertical use case, collaborating with local governments, public safety organizations and home healthcare institutions will provide immense opportunities to create, test and validate new solutions that would result in positive outcomes for public safety and patient care.



How does cross-industry collaboration enable Nokia to influence the market?

Collaboration will be critical in the new era of widespread digitalization where new business opportunities cut across industries and the physical and digital realms. Cross industry collaboration enables all participants to explore new opportunities and drive the creation of innovative solutions. The technologies that we develop will find themselves across many vertical sectors, helping them improve their productivity, efficiency, safety, and sustainability. We are therefore very excited to work with companies from different industries. We believe that opening networks for innovation will lead to a more productive, sustainable and accessible future.

As a thought leader and innovator, Nokia’s influence is already known around the globe. How can Open Generation platforms like U.S. government liaison roundtable discussions and access to cross-industry summits enhance your sphere of influence?

It is always valuable for industry to liaise with government agencies to gain an understanding of their views and concerns related to technology since they shape and decide on policies that can impact the adoption of new technologies. The Open Generation government liaison roundtables enable discussions and the sharing of information which assists us in identifying and performing experiments to collect valuable data on the reliability of 5G that may address their concerns. The more data Open Generation can provide to government agencies, the more informed they will be in their policymaking.