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Industrial 5G Networks

To enable the implementation of a smart factory, there is a need for new technologies and ideas, covering various aspects from production to transportation and logistics. Emerging applications such as mobile robots in production, autonomous vehicles in transportation and logistics, and augmented and virtual reality applications for service and maintenance would require high-performance networks, which current networks may struggle to provide. The advanced capabilities of Industrial 5G, including unparalleled reliability, minimal latencies, and extensive IIoT connectivity, can facilitate the integration of innovative applications in industrial settings.

To address this need for sustainable communication solutions, we are working closely with Siemens on developing an Industrial 5G ecosystem. This ecosystem includes a private 5G infrastructure and a range of end devices.

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In recent years, the term "5G" has been buzzing around the tech world, and for good reason. 5G is the fifth-generation mobile network that promises to change the way we connect to the internet, and it's not just limited to our smartphones. Industrial 5G networks are being developed and implemented to create smart factories, power grids, transportation systems, and more.

In this page we'll explore the relevance and characteristics of industrial 5G networks.

What are Industrial 5G Networks?

Industrial 5G networks are private cellular networks built for industrial use cases. Unlike traditional cellular networks, which are built for public use, industrial 5G networks are built for specific industrial purposes, such as manufacturing, transportation, and energy. These networks use the same technology as public 5G networks but are customised to meet the unique needs of industrial applications.

The IIoT has seen a significant boost in potential thanks to the emergence of reliable wireless connectivity. This new form of machine-to-machine communication has revolutionised production by making it faster, easier, and more dependable than ever before. Industrial 5G has emerged as a game-changer in M2M communication, thanks to its ability to provide ultra-low latency. This enables mobile units, such as AGVs, to transmit information within milliseconds.

To make the most of Industrial 5G's benefits, industrial users should prioritise private 5G networks. This guarantees privacy and allows for optimal configuration to support all industrial applications. These private 5G networks use a 3.7 to 3.8 GHz 5G frequency band.

Industrial 5G Plant Applications
Industrial 5G Field Applications | Courtesy of Siemens

Relevance of Industrial 5G Networks

Industrial 5G networks are becoming increasingly relevant as more industries adopt smart technologies. These networks offer several benefits, including:

  1. Faster and more reliable connectivity: Industrial 5G networks offer faster and more reliable connectivity than traditional wired networks. This makes it possible to transmit large amounts of data quickly and efficiently, enabling real-time monitoring and control of industrial processes.

  2. Lower latency: Latency refers to the time it takes for data to travel from one point to another. Industrial 5G networks have lower latency than traditional wired networks, making it possible to perform real-time control of industrial processes. This is particularly important for applications such as autonomous vehicles, which require real-time response to changing road conditions.

  3. Improved efficiency: Industrial 5G networks enable the use of smart sensors and devices, which can collect and transmit data in real-time. This data can be used to optimise industrial processes, leading to improved efficiency and reduced downtime.

  4. Enhanced safety: Industrial 5G networks can be used to monitor and control industrial processes in real-time, reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall safety.

  5. Secure remote access: A public 5G network is indeed the right answer for applications requiring remote access to distant machinery or equipment. Public mobile networks enable access to distant participants, even in other countries. Also, service technicians can connect to the machinery to be serviced via mobile communications while en route.

4 Characteristics of Industrial 5G Networks

Industrial 5G networks have several characteristics that make them unique:

  1. Private: Industrial 5G networks are private networks built specifically for industrial use cases. This means that they are not accessi