Volkswagen tests 5G for production on its way to smart factories
Real-time data transfer for production of the future
Latency, i.e. the time it takes for data to be sent through the network, is significantly reduced with 5G networks versus other wireless communication technologies such as WLAN. 5G technology provides extremely short latency times of up to one millisecond, data transmission rates in the gigabit range and considerable reliability even with high utilization. This real-time wireless communication will make many smart factory applications possible for the first time.
One scenario to be tested in the pilot phase under real-life laboratory conditions in Wolfsburg is the wireless upload of data to manufactured vehicles. 5G makes it possible to perform this much more quickly and at any time during production.
Setup and operation of the 5G network by Volkswagen itself
Efficient wireless communication in real time will be crucial for flexible production in the future. 5G has the potential to be one such driver of the Industrial Internet of Things. Our aim is therefore to build up extensive experience in the operation and industrial use of 5G technology, said Beate Hofer, CIO of the Volkswagen Group.
Volkswagen is setting up and operating the local 5G infrastructure itself. Exclusive spectrum is a key enabler for 5G campus operations at the manufacturing site. The network equipment for the 5G pilot network is supplied by the Finnish telecommunications group Nokia
Transparent Factory in Dresden tests system control using 5G
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is part of a 5G competence network in the Volkswagen Group. At the Transparent Factory in Dresden, a pilot factory for the Volkswagen brand that is testing innovative technologies in normal operation for the pilot-scale ID.3 series, a 5G island has been put into operation as well. Networked control for a driverless transportation system is being developed further in collaboration with Porsche, Audi and the Dresden University of Technology. The sensors in the driverless transportation system transmit the environment data to the cloud computer using 5G.
Oct 21, 2021 at 23:10