Nokia is to deploy an industrial-grade extension of its 5G standalone (SA) private wireless networking as part of Germany’s 5G4KMU project.
5G4KMU is the result of co-operation across a number of leading research institutes, aiming to take advantage of their expertise across manufacturing, automation, industrial engineering, healthcare and Industry 4.0. On completion, 5G4KMU is on course to comprise the largest 5G campus-based networking deployment in German research and academia, spanning five leading research centres in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing.
Project partners include: Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart and its Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB, Mannheim; Reutlingen Industry 4.0 Centre, Reutlingen; wbk Institute of Production Science, Karlsruhe; and Campus Schwarzwald Centre for Digitisation, Leadership and Sustainability, Freudenstadt.
“As we introduce 5G to companies for the first time, it’s essential that we make the technology easy to use and accessible,” said Matthias Schneider, project manager for 5G4KMU. “By combining high-performance wireless networking with local cloud edge computing, enterprises have an ideal platform to develop use cases in fields such as IoT [internet of things], analytics, automation and remote operations.”