Software-Defined Private 5G for Industry 4.0

Fall 2021

As enterprises embark on their Industry 4.0 vision, private 5G network connectivity will be needed to connect enterprise assets to the edge cloud, making it possible to apply AI/ML to business processes. Private 5G provides resilient high performance, low latency mobile wireless connectivity, with assured coverage and strong security. These features are essential for connecting hundreds or thousands of IIoT sensors, cameras, robotics and more to the cloud, to give connected industry, smart warehouses and automated manufacturing competitive advantage in their digital transformation journeys.


Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Timon Sloane serves as the VP of marketing for Ananki, commercially delivering a private 5G solution for Industry 4.0 applications.  Ananki is a sister organization to the non-profit Open Networking Foundation, where Timon also serves as the VP of marketing and ecosystem leading the organization’s efforts building an open source ecosystem.

Prior to the ONF, Timon provided product and management consulting services to numerous technology firms, most recently with Ericsson where he was driving product strategy for the networking product lines. He has also held numerous executive roles in product management, marketing and engineering for firms such as Matisse Networks, Extreme Networks, NET, FlowWise and SCO.

Timon received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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