Cyber-Physical System and Artificial Intelligence-Integrated Communications Use Cases Identify Future Application Requirements Needed To Build A Smarter World

Wakefield, MA – February 3, 2021 – The Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum (IOWN GF) announced today subsequent publication of the organization’s first two use case documents covering the next-generation communications infrastructure being defined by IOWN GF to help create a smarter more connected world.

The purpose of the Cyber-Physical System (CPS) Use Case and the Artificial Intelligence-Integrated Communications (AIC) Use Case is to identify application-specific service requirements which would leverage the contemplated next generation optical network and needed by users in different vertical industries. The service requirements detailed in the use cases will be used to develop technical requirements for future IOWN Global Forum working groups discussion. For more information about the Forum working groups click here.

The use case documents, which describe key feature set and requirements, are interim reports and will be finalized by the end of 2021.

“I’m excited to announce the release of IOWN GF’s first deliverables from its working groups. A true collaborative effort by members, the documents capture the different objectives for each use case and define a distinct set of requirements that clearly outline a path forward to a smarter world,” said Katsuhiko Kawazoe, Ph.D., president and chairperson of the board, IOWN Global Forum. “The use cases are categorized into human-centric applications that assist and enhance the means for communication (AIC), and smart city applications that aim for autonomy that goes beyond human capability (CPS).”

The mission of IOWN GF is to develop fundamental technologies in communication, computing, data, and energy efficiency that would bring a quantum leap performance improvement and enable a much smarter world with advanced applications, including those with digital twin computing.

Use Case Applications Focus

The AIC use case focuses on human-centric applications like entertainment, remote operation, navigation using XR technology and human augmentation.  The CPS use case provides requirements for smart city applications in the following categories: Area Management, Mobility Management, Industry Management, Network Infrastructure Management, Healthcare Management and Society Management.


IOWN GF’s objective is to accelerate innovation and adoption of a new communication infrastructure to meet our future data and computing requirements through the development of new technologies, frameworks, specifications and reference design in areas such as Photonics R&D, Distributed Connected Computing and Use Cases and Best Practices.