Qualcomm Technologies and Siemens have setup a joint proof-of-concept project at the Siemens Automotive Test Center in Nuremberg, Germany, demonstrating the first private 5G standalone (SA) network in a real industrial environment using the 3.7-3.8GHz band. Qualcomm is providing the 5G test network and industrial test devices, and Siemens is supplying industrial end-devices such as automated guided vehicles (AGV), which are primarily used in the automotive industry.
The Qualcomm’s solution consists of a 5G standalone test network, a 5G core network and 5G base station with remote radio head. Siemens provided the actual industrial machines, including Simatic control systems and IO devices. “Combining our 5G connectivity capabilities with Siemens’ deep industry know-how will help us to make the smart industrial future a reality,” said Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President at Qualcomm Europe.
According to IHS report (The 5G Economy), manufacturing will garner almost $4.7 trillion in 5G-related sales enablement by 2035. The German Federal Network Agency has reserved a total bandwidth of 100 MHz from 3.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz for use on local industrial sites. German companies are thus able to rent part of this bandwidth on an annual basis and to make exclusive use of it on their own operating sites in a private 5G network whilst also providing optimum data protection. Siemens is using this principle to evaluate and test industrial protocols such as OPC UA and Profinet in its Automotive Showroom and Test Center together with wireless communication via 5G.
In another project, Qualcomm and Bosch Rexroth are demonstrating devices utilizing time-sensitive networking (TSN) technology while operating over a live 5G network, at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany. “Our joint demo allows visitors to view two industrial devices operating in a time-synchronized manner over a wireless connection – showing that the combination of TSN and 5G can enable precise synchronization without the need for a wired connection,” said Qualcomm.