Application Scenarios, Research Challenges and Standardization for Tactile Internet
School of Science and Technology, MSc in Information & Communication Technology Systems
This dissertation was written as part of the MSc in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Systems at the International Hellenic University (IHU).
Mobile data exponential increase in the last years is putting pressure on the network operators, vendors, users as well as on standardization institutions. Competition and collaboration between the previously mentioned players leads to innovations such as IoT (Internet of Things), LTE-Advanced (Long Term Evolution), 5G and the Tactile Internet. Tactile Internet is a new research area that presents very challenging requirements in terms of latency, reliability, security, density of users, devices and links. While it is closely related with the 5G technology as its starting point, it is the nature of Tactile applications that creates an emerging need for standardization. Global players like IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and others are putting significant effort into creating standards and their plan is not to miss the next few years deadline in order to boost the economy.
The goals of this dissertation are to first study the challenges of this new technology and describe the possible solutions for its successful implementation. Secondly, present the po-tential application scenarios that could be realized ranging from industry automation and transport systems to healthcare, education, gaming and augmented reality. Finally although standardization on Tactile Internet has initiated very recently, the dissertation presents all the efforts made up to date from different standardization bodies on native or related technologies that can materialize Tactile interactions over the Internet.