The project »5Gain« forms a core of the ITWM activities on the topic of 5G. The team led by Dr. Paulo Renato da Costa Mendes and Dr. Christian Salzig is dealing with very practical problems and Industry 4.0 in the field of energy, more specifically with »5G infrastructures for cellular energy systems using artificial intelligence«. In the interview, Paulo Renato da Costa Mendes explains to us what the 5G developments mean:
5G is considered a future technology par excellence. Siemens and Handelsblatt are already talking about »Industrial 5G«. What advantages will 5G bring in the area of Industry 4.0? And when is that even foreseeable?
5G is considered to be ten to 20 times faster than 4G, as well as more flexible, autonomous, secure and efficient. It enables higher data transmission rates and shorter latencies. Depending on the application, the advantages cannot be fully exploited simultaneously in one and the same network. The consumer sector may need rather high data rates to stream videos on the go, for example. Industry 5G – Not Just Dreams of the Future Due to Mathematics Expertise Dr. Paulo Renato da Costa Mendes brings 5G and Industry 4.0 closer together in his team; especially when it comes to the topic of flexibility and renewable energies. Slogans such as the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industry 4.0 are ubiquitous in the media. It seems clear that in the future, more and more machines, systems and devices will be networked with each other, especially in production. Everyone is also talking about 5G, which is considered the successor to 4G (LTE). But the fifth generation is much more than just a new mobile communications standard. 5G is opening up entirely new perspectives for Industry 4.0 as it is aimed specifically at communication between machines. The project »5Gain«, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, forms a core of the ITWM activities on the topic of 5G. Energy More information on our website at www.itwm.fraunhofer.de/5gain_en 59 For industrial applications, reliability and lowest latency are important. Particularly where the level of industrial automation is already high, 5G offers rapid opportunities to turn Industry 4.0 into Industrial 5G. 5G is still largely a pipe dream. But we are talking about a relatively near future. In three to five years, some things will be realistically feasible.