5G-Industry Campus Europe network goes live in Aachen, Germany

  • May 14, 2020
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5G-Industry Campus Europe network goes live in Aachen, Germany
5G-Industry Campus Europe network goes live in Aachen, Germany
May 14, 2020 - The 5G-Industry Campus Europe switched on its radio network on May 12, 2020: Through an area of almost one square kilometer, 19 antennas and a bandwidth of ten gigabits per second, we will run the largest 5G research network in Europe. The network at the RWTH Aachen Campus, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), connects the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University, the FIR (Institute for Industrial Management) at the RWTH Aachen University and, in the future, other University departments with the new mobile radio standard. Together, the partners at the 5G-Industry Campus Europe can now research and test in detail the areas of application of 5G in industrial use.

Only in March, the 5G-Industry Campus Europe was awarded a first 5G license in the 3.7 to 3.8 Gigahertz range, and now the network is up and running. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the ambitious project with around six million Euros.

The aim of the involved partners is to open up new fields of application for 5G mobile communication technology in production. Together with the project partners from WZL and FIR, the Fraunhofer IPT will develop and implement applications and solutions for digital and networked production over the next three years. Partners for the development of the 5G infrastructure are the mobile network supplier Ericsson and the IT Center of the RWTH Aachen University.

The research infrastructure of the 5G-Industry Campus Europe covers about one square kilometer of the Melaten campus of RWTH Aachen University as well as a total of 7,000 square meters of machine hall space, thus providing a generous area for researching various various application scenarios – from 5G sensor technology for monitoring and controlling highly complex production processes, to mobile robotics and logistics and cross-location production chains.

Another target of the Aachen scientists is to test the use of modern edge-cloud systems for fast data processing in order to exploit the further potential of 5G for fully networked and adaptive production.

The 5G-Industry Campus Europe is being developed in a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and is directly focused on the introduction of the new mobile communications standard in the manufacturing industry. Interested companies and research partners, who would like to inform themselves or participate, can contact the consortium via the project website: www.5G-Industry-Campus.com

Project Consortium
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Aachen (Project Management)
  • FIR (Institute for Industrial Management) at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen
  • IT Center of the RWTH Aachen University
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