New 5G mobile wireless network standard unlocks potential for industrial companies
Mobile wireless network standards, starting with 1G, have been shaping our mobile communication for 40 years.
While previous developments have focused on improved usability in the public sector, the new 5th generation standard (5G) is all about the benefits and potential applications in many different industries. Essentially, it deals with greater bandwidth, improved reliability, lower latencies and a greater number of connected devices.
Siemens has therefore committed itself to this new communication standard from the outset and is supporting standardization and industrial implementation.
New 5G Mobile Communications Standard Opens Up Potential for Industrial Enterprises
Everyone is talking about 5G and industry is, above all, anticipating many benefits and future-oriented potential from the new mobile network standard. However, this development has not simply “dropped in industry’s lap”.
In fact, the 2G to 4G mobile phone generations have already had a significant impact on industrial progress. For example, 2G enabled RTUs to send text messages and 3G provided remote access, e. g. for remote maintenance.
4G finally allowed high-performance remote mobile access to plants. 5G will provide substantial increases in bandwidths and network reliability and delays will drop to almost zero. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) which, amongst other things, is responsible for global standardization of mobile networks, created a vision for 5G which has three key scenarios.
The first, enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), covers improvements in bandwidth compared to 4G. The main objective is the realization of data-driven applications which require high data rates with global, large-scale network coverage. A typical example is the growing need for HD high-quality streaming of music and videos on mobile devices such as smartphones. It is also possible to envisage augmented-reality applications for industry which would support field engineers.
The second scenario, Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), offers high reliability and low latency for demanding industrial applications. Typically, this includes mobile robots, autonomous logistics, driverless transport systems (DTS), or even safety applications.
The third scenario, massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC), focuses on connecting a large number of devices in a small space. In practice, this frequently means applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) where a unit area typically has a high device density.
The devices continuously send or receive the data but over longer intervals so that only an extremely low bandwidth is utilized. Another example could be the process industry where many sensors are installed (e.g. for temperature, pressure, flow) to support process monitoring in a plant.
Step-by-step to the new standard
Despite all the euphoria, it is worth remembering that not all 5G functionalities will be available immediately. In fact, a sequence of releases already exists with, for example, Release 15, with the focus on eMBB, being adopted in 2019. Releases 16 and 17 will support the two remaining scenarios and have more relevance for industrial applications.
Shaping the Landscape of Digital Connectivity!
Stay a step ahead of the competition--and always at the forefront of technology--by learning from some of Siemens' tech experts at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow on October 29-30, 2019 at the darmstadtium, just outside Frankfurt, Germany.
- Eckard Eberle will kick off the Digitalization & Innovation Forum on October 29th with a keynote address on how the coming of 5G will shape the landscape of digital connectivity and help with digital transformation. His core message: there is no digitalization possible without an appropriate digital communication infrastructure.
- Stop by the Siemens booth to speak to some of their exhibition experts one-on-one. They will be at Booth #54 in the exhibition hall.
- In the afternoon, don't miss Michael Metzler and Julius Richter-Mendau when they present in the Automotive Forum on how RTLS is improving production and helping to prepare for the manufacturing plant of tomorrow--with first-hand insight into Siemens Manufacturing Karlsruhe.
- Want to convert your factory to paperless processing? On the morning of Oct. 30th, Dieter Horst will discuss which technologies work best to prepare your factory for the future in the Industrial IoT Forum.