What is certain is that 2019 is the year of 5G. Next-generation mobile connectivity, in addition to the many consumer applications, is also at the heart of the Industrial IoT.
What better opportunity for Qualcomm to show the potential of 5G in the industrial field than that offered by Hannover Messe? Hannover Messe is one of the most important international trade fairs dedicated to the world of industry and automation.
In the 2019 edition, the Industry 4.0 was one of the main protagonists of the event. We saw how Microsoft presented its latest technological solutions for manufacturing at the fair.
Qualcomm arrived at Hannover Messe, focusing on what is one of the company’s specialties: 5G.
Specifically, with live demonstrations of Industrial IoT applications via 5G over-the-air networks. Demonstrations involving many other companies in the sector.
5G Qualcomm technologies for industrial IoT
Qualcomm has set up demonstrations of Industrial IoT applications at Hannover Messe, with several other companies. All of this, based on a 5G network NR over-the-air. And using mobile devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
Qualcomm’s 5G technologies worked in conjunction with Nokia’s 5G infrastructure. The demonstrations involved several partner companies.
For example, Bosch Rexroth, with its automation solutions, ready to make the factory of the future a reality. For Bosch Rexroth 5G will also enable innovation in wireless communication in the industrial field. With solutions such as mobile control panels connected in 5G, which make new operational concepts possible.
A 5G control unit, says Bosch Rexroth, can reliably target multiple machines as only individual cabling units could do in the past. Bosch Rexroth has also demonstrated its driver-free transport system ActiveShuttle and a 3D printing system, both connected via 5G.
In this context Qualcomm has recently announced its Robotics RB3 Platform. It is a platform dedicated to accelerating computing and connectivity functions in consumer and industrial robotic applications. And, again recently, he also announced joint studies with Bosch and other leading companies in the sector on key topics of the
5G, cloud, IoT, for Industry 4.0
At Hannover Messe, Siemens used a 5G connection, with a mobile test device provided by Qualcomm, to upload process data in real time to MindSphere. This demonstrates the existing possibilities of 5G uses for industry.
The IoT smart gateway from Festo is designed to quickly get information in the cloud. With 5G connectivity, Festus has demonstrated even faster access to the cloud for data needs of the Festo has also been following 5G technology since the early stages, to be able to offer its customers next generation solutions.
An AGV from Goetting, on the other hand, was out of the 5G Arena in Hannover Messe, transmitting an HD video stream on a 5G live network. It could also be tele-operated from the Goetting stand, to demonstrate the high reliability and low latency of 5G. The demo was meant to show the potential of autonomous vehicles in the 4.0 factory.
Other companies have also set up demonstrations based on 5G infrastructure. Among them are: IFAK, Weidmüller and Zeiss.
According to Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president & president of Qualcomm EMEA, Qualcomm Europe, “5G will transform industries and unlock the enormous potential of Industrial IoT. According to Salvatori, 30% of the top 40 companies in the Industrial IoT are European.
The Industrial IoT is therefore at the beginning of a new era, with 5G, and Europe seems ready for the future.