Telecom equipment giant Ericsson is teaming with research organization Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) to explore areas where 5G can be applied to production and then test these applications practically.
Specifically, the 5G-Industry Campus Europe, located on the Melaten campus at RWTH Aachen University, will investigate scenarios in seven subprojects including 5G sensors for monitoring and controlling complex manufacturing processes for mobile robotics, logistics and multi-site production chains.
Additionally, scientists at RWTH Aachen University want to test the use of modern edge cloud systems for fast data processing to exploit the potential of 5G in a networked, adaptive production.
The campus will provide outdoor private networks at RWTH Aachen University to cover an area of about 1 square kilometer as well as indoor private networks for machine halls for partners which will cover an area of about 7,000 square meters.
The Aachen campus will jointly test individual 5G and internet of things (IoT) applications together with the research partners and develop these earlier than usual, the company said.
"The 5G-Industry Campus Europe will provide manufacturing companies with important insights into the technical possibilities and application potential of 5G," said Niels König, lead scientist at the Aachen campus for Fraunhofer IPT.