Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has spoken out strongly in favor of an industrial “campus solution” with 5G: “We see that the 5G standard for cellular mobile communication in Germany will lay the foundation for far-reaching digitization of the economy and society. This will also be relevant for the production sites, where our companies need local 5G networks in order to take advantage of the efficiency benefits of digitization also in production.”
This technology is characterized by much greater transmission capacities, very short latency periods, flexible bandwidths for uplinks and downlinks, secure data transmission, guaranteed transmission rates over virtual networks, shared server architectures and a high level of reliability.
Mattes underscored: “A powerful digital infrastructure is required not just on the roads, but is already needed during industrial production of vehicles. In view of the ‘internet of things,’ our companies need automated and more efficient production processes, for instance to enable real-time checks and controls in production. Supporting agile production will demand flexible, wireless communication technologies with the properties that 5G technology provides.”
For high-capacity, flexible production to be realized in the future, Mattes added, the following conditions would have to be satisfied: local allocation of the frequency band for a campus solution of 3.7 to 3.8 Gigahertz (GHz) for Industry 4.0 applications, and full use of the bandwidth of 100 Megahertz (MHz) for an industrial campus solution. A “campus solution” is one covering a whole facility and not just individual production halls.
Mattes stressed, “Local 5G networks are an important part of our digitization strategy for the entire future of mobility. With digitized and connected traffic systems and automated and autonomous driving, road traffic will become even safer and more efficient. In addition, it will enable us to further reduce CO2 emissions and to offer effective solutions for urban mobility in particular. During the next three years alone, our manufacturers and suppliers will invest around 18 billion euros in digitization.”
Attached you will find a statement of the VDA’s position, which can also be downloaded from the website of the Bundesnetzagentur.