- Capgemini held an analyst event at its new 5G Lab in Paris on March 30, which detailed its strategy to generate excitement about 5G and drive usage among both existing and potential business customers.
- The lab will not only demo use cases that showcase the capabilities of 5G to drive transformation, but will also help businesses develop and test PoCs and deploy new use cases at scale, while navigating the complexity of the ecosystem for connectivity, edge, cloud, and other enablers.
Capgemini’s new 5G Lab is a sister facility to one in Mumbai, India; the company also has a facility in Portugal that helps telecom providers develop 5G network solutions. The company is clearly excited about the potential of 5G to energize digital transformation, ignite innovative use cases, and of course, drive business. As a leading systems integrator and provider of solutions that enable intelligent industry solutions, Capgemini sees 5G as an important and potentially disruptive enabler that can help redefine how the world will be connected and lead to new revenue-generating business models. It points out that 5G is the first wireless network developed with the enterprise in mind due to its high availability, capacity, and speeds; its low latency (especially when coupled with edge solutions); its support for massive IoT; and its enablement of mission-critical applications.
At the event, Capgemini detailed its capabilities to help customers on their 5G journey. These include: helping them understand the technology’s benefits; providing access to networks and enablers (5G, edge, and cloud) with which to build the optimal enterprise architecture; providing platforms to activate the network, manage resources, and expose services; developing use cases (ideate, design, build, and scale) along with Capgemini experts; and integrating and orchestrating resources to generate cost-effective and transformative operations and business models.
The lab in Portugal will be important to bring in adjacent network resources, platforms, tools, software, and next-gen capabilities such as SDN/NFV and ‘lab-as-a-service’ to test and validate network solutions and components, provide certification and interoperability, and help create end-to-end network solutions.
The objective of the labs is to accelerate 5G adoption and build partnerships with vendors as well as startups, universities, and research departments, in order to help customers build use cases and foster innovation. The labs also bring the network and enterprise IT/OT worlds together to let users focus on use cases. Capgemini has already pre-built 25 use cases in industries such as smart factory, utilities, automotive, entertainment, smart city, healthcare, and retail. During the event, Capgemini provided a number of demos from its repository of 5G solutions, including new ones for warehouses/supply chains and wind farms. It also showed:
- Immersive field operations that use the high quality and low latency of 5G for real-time streaming of data/video from vehicles or robots for risky or critical operations, with analytics used to automate processes.
- Crowd and building management solutions for use in the pandemic, as well as real-time tele-transmission for healthcare, with medical imaging sent over 5G to remote doctors for consultation, which may be AI-augmented to address lack of skills in remote locations or connected ambulances.
- Uses in industrial manufacturing, featuring remote expert assistance for fleet operations and maintenance, using AR, VR, and 3D digital twins along with a digital handheld device or headset.
- Autonomous intelligent vehicles and robots used in retail stores, such as a forklift with on-board cameras and AI at the edge to process video feeds. The forklift can automatically pick up a load with enhanced precision.
Capgemini also named a number of its key ecosystem partner solutions, such as IBM/Red Hat OpenShift; Lenovo for 5G phones, tablets, and edge servers; AWS, Microsoft, and Saguna for cloud and MEC services; Casa Systems for ORAN and dual core private nets; Quectel for wireless modules; and Microsoft for the HoloLens.
Capgemini ended the event by noting how it is using its network expertise, IT expertise, and vertical industry expertise to facilitate use-case development in all phases, including: the innovation phase (identifying opportunities for use cases, ideating sessions, and solution blueprints and roadmaps) and the implementation phase (with business consultants, solutions architects, network and cloud specialists, and software developers at hand for a pre-assembled set of internal resources). The service provider can then help define detailed architectures, select partners for integration, and scale use cases. The 5G Lab event was successful in highlighting the depth and breadth of Capgemini’s 5G solution offering and expertise; as Capgemini said at the end – the next step is to get businesses interested in leveraging the lab’s capabilities.