Siemens is speeding up with Qualcomm at 5G network in the factories


Munich Of the SiemensGroup wants to install 5G mobile technology as soon as possible in its own factories and at customers. “We want to show as a pioneer in our own factories in lighthouse projects, what is technologically possible,” said industrial board member Klaus Helmrich the Handelsblatt.

It is currently in the process of applying to the Network Agency for 5G licenses for all six Siemens factories in the Digital Industries sector in Germany. Customers will see the first pilot projects in 2020.

On Tuesday Siemens started together with the cooperation partner Qualcomm in Nuremberg, according to the company, “the first independent private 5G network in a real industrial environment”. The 5G network is installed in an automotive showroom and test center. Here, driverless transport systems are shown, which are mainly used in the automotive industry.

“5G brings the next level of flexibility and efficiency to factories,” said Helmrich. With the new mobile radio standard, plants and machines in the factories are to be networked and controlled. There will be so-called campus networks on the company premises.

Other German companies are also positioning themselves for the 5G era. For example, Bosch presented a 5G-capable automation platform on Tuesday. The ctrlX Automation from Bosch Rexroth is intended to connect many devices in the industry with the new communication standard. “5G is a revolution and an important building block for the factory of the future,” said Bosch Managing Director Rolf Najork.

The operating system and software of the new controller are 5G compatible from the beginning. This would make it possible to retrofit older machines in stock with retrofit solutions.

Bosch tests the new technologies similar to Siemens initially in its own plants. 5G licenses have also been applied for at the Federal Network Agency. At the Hannover Messe, the Group introduced ActiveShuttle, the first 5G-capable autonomous transport system.

In Germany, the Federal Network Agency has reserved a total of 100 megahertz bandwidth for local use, especially in industrial environments. The industrial companies can apply for their own licenses or with a provider like the German Telekom work together.

Siemens applied for licenses for its own plants. “The pricing makes the topic 5G highly attractive,” said Helmrich. For 10,000 square meters and a bandwidth of 60 megahertz for a long-term contract only 120 euros a year are due. But customers will not act as providers, stressed Helmrich.

Cooperation with Telekom

Had a few days ago Nokia announced to offer campus networks for German SMEs. The offer is not limited to network planning. Nokia could also take over the operation of networks with companies in Germany. In Germany there are already inquiries from around ten companies, said Nokia manager Martin Beltrop the Handelsblatt. “We respond to the wishes of our customers.”

The network operators Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica had clearly spoken out against proprietary 5G networks. For them, the business with corporate customers is an important element in order to recoup the large expenditures for network expansion. They are worried that they will lose a lucrative business as companies build their own networks on a large scale.

Siemens had recently announced a cooperation with Deutsche Telekom in matters 5G. According to industrial circles, however, this is not about an exclusive partnership – Siemens customers can therefore freely choose which provider they work with.

The now announced cooperation is a technology partnership, as it is today closed between many companies in the industry. Qualcomm installed the 5G test system in Nuremberg in less than three weeks. Among other things, Siemens contributed the Simatic controllers and software. The aim is to test the new technology under real conditions and develop solutions.

“This project unlocks key real-world insights that both companies can leverage in future applications, and marks a major milestone in the path of 5G technology to industrial automation,” said Qualcomm manager Enrico Salvatori. Siemens sees itself in a good starting position for the further digitization of the factories.

The Munich are world market leaders in industrial automation and industrial software. Helmrich is confident that customers will continue to invest in new technologies in the downturn: “Of course, some customers will invest less in capacity expansion. But it continues to invest in what makes manufacturing more flexible and efficient. ”

The digital industries, which Helmrich leads, are the industrial core business of the future Siemens AG in addition to the industrial infrastructure and railway technology. The Group is divesting the energy sector next year, which has so far contributed about 40 percent of sales. The digital industries have long been the showpiece of the group of CEO Joe Kaeser.

However, the division is sensitive to cyclical fluctuations. In the past fiscal year 2018/19 (September 30), new orders dropped by a similar rate of four percent to almost 16 billion euros. The operating return on sales fell from 18.6 to 17.9 percent.

More: When Siemens 2020 splits up, a new energy group is created. It is facing challenges – the power station sector has been suffering for years.

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