At the moment, the trend in the industry is to rely more and more on many proprietary solutions and different wireless transmission standards like e.g. IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15, IEEE 802.16 etc. For applications being uncritical to delay and safety, these systems are absolutely fine. However, for applications that require a defined maximum transmission time or specific reliability, these solutions may be questionable.
To be able to address these critical use cases, it must be guaranteed that a wireless communication system fulfils the relevant requirements for a given industrial application. Therefore, it is necessary to qualify communication systems and to provide a standardized rating system, which the developers as well as the customers can rely on. In ReICOvAir, a hard authoritative forecast on the performance of a wireless communication system is provided by running tests under reference conditions (e.g. interference level, received power, number of deployed nodes) for the real-time capabilities of both current and future wireless transmission systems and individual transceivers. By using the methods and the tools developed in ReICOvAir for the emulation of the propagation characteristics in industrial environments, it finally becomes possible to qualify existing or emerging transmission standards, leading to the usage of the right technology for the right application. The results in ReICOvAir enable the qualification of devices that are still under development, and enable to revalidate the quality statements of manufacturers by neutral bodies with standardized testing conditions, leading to trustworthy quality statements.
European collaboration in this project takes into account the differences in typical industries of several countries. Different pools of mentalities flow into the project as people from different countries take varying approaches to a problem. This makes the overall results less prone to failure and the project results relevant for European companies.