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Online Course

2 May 2024 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 30 April 2024 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom


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CEU Credits: 0.3 CEUs

Course Description

This course covers the interdisciplinary area of next generation industrial networks and high-speed optical access. It introduces the network technology challenges of providing Industry 4.0. It reviews state of the art in optical access standards and system development while taking a look at the latest deployment cases by top operators on employing optical access for Industry 4.0.

The instructor will begin by introducing Industry 4.0 and optical access networks and then provide a review of the multiple types of optical access solutions for Industry 4.0 by identifying the major features and benefits. Course participants will gain insights into the key enabling technologies and their advantages and limitations.

The latest status in this interdisciplinary area is investigated in two aspects. First, the related international standards and the key specifications are reviewed. The architecture, use cases, and systems are discussed one by one. Second, typical implementations by top operators are studied to explain the guidelines of Industry 4.0 network design and deployment. A case study will be shared to help the audience in selecting the suitable network technologies and systems for specific Industry 4.0 applications. Promising technologies for the future evolution are also discussed to provide R&D directions.

The instructor will offer insights into how individuals of a variety of backgrounds and education can fit into the large domain of broadband access and Industry 4.0. Network engineers and product designers will better understand the enabling network technologies and applications. Managers will have a comprehensive view on the key characteristics of various technologies. Researchers will gain insights into the challenges and promising solutions.

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Who Should Attend

This course is intended for a diverse audience including researchers, engineers, project managers, and students. Companies in the areas of industrial networks, broadband access, telecommunications, network deployment and operation, and industrial automation would be interested in it.


Yuanqiu Luo

Yuanqiu Luo

Director of Optical Access Standards in the Standardization & Industry Department

Futurewei Technologies

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits and features of Industry 4.0
  • List the network challenges to Industry 4.0
  • Describe the types of optical access solutions by comparing their features and identifying the motivations and market deployments
  • Explain the key technologies to enable optical access and summarize the advantages and limitations
  • Describe the typical Industry 4.0 applications with optical access
  • Share insights into the Industry 4.0 network planning and deployment
  • Understand the future evolution and identify the promising technologies

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Introduction of Industry 4.0
  • Introduction of Optical Access Networks
  • Network challenges to Industry 4.0
  • Industry 4.0 Solution with High-speed Optical Access
  • Standards Development Status: Architecture and Use Cases
  • Standards Development Status: System Specifications
  • Case Study 1
  • Case Study 2
  • Case Study 3
  • Future Work
  • Summary

Course Materials

A copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides is included. Access to the streaming video recording is provided for 20 business days after the course has been taught. Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating and completing the post-course evaluation.

The web conference invitation is sent to each participant upon registration,  Course materials will be emailed to participants at least one business day in advance of the course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a course participant cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.