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Industry 4.0 "Wet Paint", LoRa has turned its attention to Industry 5.0

While Industry 4.0 was in the ascendant, the LoRa Alliance turned its attention to Industry 5.0.

In a release, the LoRa Alliance demonstrated how LoRaWAN is leading the global industrial evolution towards the Industrial 5.0 market, introducing LoRaWAN's achievements and stating that promoting Industrial 5.0 is urgent.

For 'Fast Forward' to Industry 5.0, LoRa Alliance CEO and Chairman Moore said, 'We have reached a point where businesses must change and there is no longer a choice whether to digitize or not.'

Many relevant practitioners have forwarded and endorsed this:



So what is Industry 5.0, is it too early to upgrade now?

What is Industry 5.0

According to the EU definition of Industry 5.0

Industry 4.0 focuses on technologies such as the Internet of Things and big data, while Industry 5.0 strives to re consider human, environmental, and social aspects.

The previous industrial revolution was often accompanied by environmental damage and significant resource consumption, which was not sustainable; At the same time, machines and intelligent production have also squeezed employment opportunities for industrial workers.

In this regard, Industry 5.0 can be seen as a supplement to the progress made in Industry 4.0, supporting rather than replacing humanity.

This allows humans to intervene when needed and break free from excessive automation to incorporate critical thinking and adaptability, while still utilizing the precision and repeatability of machines.

In short, it means "putting people first".

The three major characteristics of Industry 5.0 are people-oriented, sustainable, and resilient. Compared to Industry 4.0, which simply strengthens mechanical productivity, Industry 5.0 is improving productivity in a sustainable way while considering production relations.


Source: EU Industry 5.0 Research

For what is Industry 5.0, the EU definition is not strict, but what can be predicted is——

If we pursue development speed while considering people-oriented and sustainable development, rather than using it as a standard for the manufacturing industry to wield a big stick against other regions or enterprises, it is indeed a good idea.

Moore, CEO and Chairman of the LoRa Alliance, also stated:

The evolution towards Industry 5.0 is driven by the enormous obstacles facing the world, including global epidemics, supply chain issues, worker shortages, aging infrastructure, and financial crises.

He further added that this new industrial revolution, which concerns humanity, the planet, and profits, can only be achieved through comprehensive digital transformation. This transformation focuses on greater prospects and finds ways to optimize business operations and the environment to achieve a sustainable future where global citizens can thrive.

So when it comes to Industry 5.0, it's more like what we're talking about moving from "fast and good" to "good and fast".

So, what can LoRaWAN do to move towards Industrial 5.0?


LoRaWAN has the following advantages: open standards, strong security, low power consumption, battery powered, support for long-distance transmission, low cost and operating expenses. Currently, LoRaWAN has been deployed by over 170 major mobile network operators worldwide and provides connectivity worldwide.

In the trend of Industry 4.0, LoRaWAN has provided convenience for many countries and regions with its advantages of low power consumption and long-distance transmission. In promoting the development of Industry 5.0, it is not only a carrier for IoT transmission, but also an important means of empowering society, environment, and governance.

In a 2022 paper titled "Utilizing Industrial 5.0 and IoT Technology to Realize Automation of Production Factories and Warehouses," the authors compared different communication protocols and IoT platforms. They believed that in terms of implementation, the most efficient IoT processor core was ARM Cortex, while the most effective communication protocol and technology was LoRaWAN protocol.

The large-scale deployment of LoRaWAN has paved the way for achieving ESG goals and industrial 5.0 implementation, "said Moore, CEO and Chairman of the LoRa Alliance

Simply saying it's not possible, what are the specific implementations of LoRaWAN in promoting the Industrial 5.0 process?


For example, promoting the development of government safety regulations: Senet and ProSentry, members of the LoRa alliance, use LoRaWAN for real-time monitoring to shorten the shutdown time of gas leaks by six times, more efficiently saving lives and property;

In addition, the LoRaWAN flexible leak detection sensor from Kairos, a member of the LoRa alliance, has eliminated insurance claims for over 8000 apartment units since its installation, and achieved an average investment return of 6 months for asset owners after the system was installed;

The use of LoRaWAN in residential areas also protects residents' privacy, allowing facility monitoring and optimization without capturing or transmitting any personally identifiable information;

The Beecham Research survey found that LoRaWAN has rapidly risen in the deployment of LPWAN sensors in smart cities, buildings, and public utilities, and has also made rapid progress in manufacturing, agriculture, and other high priority areas.

Senet and Telli Health have launched the first remote patient monitoring (RPM) hardware supported by LoRaWAN, allowing providers to reach more patients in remote and underserved areas such as global indigenous communities, thereby improving healthcare fairness and inclusivity.

In some cases of developing towards Industry 4.0, the concept of Industry 5.0 is also being implemented, and LoRaWAN is also used.

For example, Senzary and Kerlink discussed the recently deployed custom LoRaWAN network along the Panama Canal. This network will help authorities transition to Industry 4.0, while also being able to monitor whether past ships have implemented sulfur dioxide reduction policies, and those who exceed emissions will be charged a large fee.

For example, on June 19th this year, French wireless network design solution manufacturer SIRADEL announced its joining of the LoRa Alliance.

Public information shows that the company focuses on wireless network design and future smart city planning, and is an expert in Volcano 5G wireless propagation models and IoT design and optimization. It has rich experience in LoRaWAN network densification. 

SIRADEL produces 3D digital twin cities and data-driven collaboration platforms, utilizing simulation and big data capabilities to provide solutions for intelligent infrastructure networks and improving urban residents' lives. Tencent has previously collaborated with it to conduct simulation evaluations of the LoRa network in key areas of Shenzhen.

In SIRADEL's official promotion and cooperation content, it was also mentioned that the company will further strengthen the application of LoRaWAN in smart cities and industrial 5.0.

As for why the LoRa Alliance continues to promote the application of related technologies in Industry 5.0.

The official statement is that—— 

Industry 5.0 is increasingly being valued, and the various issues facing the world, such as unstable supply chains, labor shortages, and aging infrastructure, are related to the future of humanity and the Earth. It is time for enterprises to change. In this process, opening standards and building a strong industrial ecosystem can bring about the possibility of transformation.

Intuitive perception is not difficult to understand. Currently, the global concept of ESG and dual carbon continues to be popular, with a large influx of investment behind it. According to the forecast released by PwC in October 2022, global institutional investment with a focus on ESG is expected to soar by 84% in 2026, reaching $33.9 trillion, accounting for 21.5% of the total assets under management.

The LoRa Alliance has always enjoyed promoting its efforts and progress in ESG.

In public cases, it can be seen that the water pipe monitoring equipment supporting LoRaWAN has reduced the waste of millions of liters of water resources. Dryad's sensors that support LoRaWAN are used for ultra early wildfire detection, which can prevent 1.7 billion carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition, intelligent lighting solutions that support LoRaWAN and the application of German railways have optimized energy efficiency.

From this perspective, the Industrial 5.0 and ESG concepts advocated by the LoRa alliance not only stand at the forefront of the concept, but also provide reasonable reasons for its technology to expand its territory in terms of business.

One More ThingAbout Indusrtial 6.0

After reading LoRaWan's promotion actions in Industry 5.0, many readers may become curious about Industry 6.0.

At present, the European Union has not proposed the concept of Industry 6.0.

However, it is interesting that in March 2021, two months after the EU released Industry 5.0, Business Finland in Finland released a white paper titled "From Industry X to Industry 6.0".

The idea of Industry 6.0 is very interesting, and their definition is:

The ubiquitous and customer-centric virtualization of anti fragile production will also change the role of humans as production workers, as they become part of an interconnected environment that needs to handle digital and optimized production.

Finally, can you imagine what a factory workshop in Industry 6.0 looks like?

The article is reposted in the Internet of Things think tank.



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