Mobile Campus Network

Businesses with their own campus network benefit from a customized 5G network with guaranteed available bandwidth, low latency and high reliability.

Our mobile campus network provides companies with a simple and cost-effective way to find out in advance whether setting up and operating their own 5G campus network is worthwhile. The mobile campus network is a standards-compliant network for straightforward testing of 5G applications over a limited period of time. Its compact network equipment is transportable and therefore quick and easy to set up almost anywhere.

Mobile campus network – transportable test bed for 5G

 

  • Testing 5G directly on site
  • Objective insights into the performance of a 5G campus network

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5G campus networks

A campus network is a local 5G network that companies and other organizations can operate privately for their own use, independent of the public cellular infrastructure.

In Germany, the Federal Network Agency makes the licensed frequency range of 3.7–3.8 GHz available for this purpose.

The performance of a private 5G campus network can be tailored precisely to specific requirements of industrial applications.

In combination with the public cellular network, for example, it is also possible to define exactly which applications use the private and which the public part of the network.

Use the mobile campus network as your own dedicated 5G test bed

Straightforward setup and operation

  • Compact equipment and quick setup on about two square meters
  • Configurable coverage area within the range of a few hundred meters
  • Operation independent of mobile network providers
     

Extensive testing at no risk

  • Equipment will be provided for the test period as part of our offer
  • Excellent opportunity to try out a campus network with no obligation, so as to minimize the risk of a bad investment
  • Temporary operation with cost-effective experimental radio license from the German Federal Network Agency

Testing directly on site

  • Flexible use indoors and outdoors, e.g. on the factory floor, on company premises and construction sites, at event locations and in agriculture
  • Clear results in terms of achievable reliability, latency and quality of service with variable cell load
  • Experience the specific benefits of 5G in practice – for example, also in direct performance comparison with Wi-Fi

The mobile campus network: equipment and how it works

Infographic about the schematic structure of the mobile campus network
© Fraunhofer IIS
Mobile 5G campus network: detailed analyses of custom applications under isolated conditions

Expandability

The antenna and radio head provide uninterrupted network coverage over a range of several hundred meters. The 5G cell set up over this area provides up to 100 MHz of bandwidth. It is also possible to extend this with an additional cell, for example to provide equal service to a site’s indoor and outdoor areas.

The mobile campus network is an isolated and secure 5G network that is strictly separated from the public network as a general rule. However, the campus network can also be connected to the local company network or the Internet as desired.

Compatible devices

The connection between devices and the campus network is based on 5G in standalone mode (Release 15). We can provide compatible devices or 5G cellular modem modules.

Alternatively, we can also conduct compatibility tests at an early stage to ensure that the planned deployment of your own 5G-capable devices in the mobile campus network is possible.

Scalability of the results

Operation of the campus network makes use of a 5G load generator. This generates additional data traffic by virtually increasing the number of devices that are all transmitting in the cell simultaneously.

As a result, it is possible to investigate the effect of the network load on the performance of planned applications. This makes it easy to draw conclusions about the scalability of planned use cases in a fully loaded campus network.

The mobile campus network in action:
Cherry trees get digital twin

The image material required to generate the digital twins is captured by drone and transmitted to a computer infrastructure using 5G technology. Since it is not possible to process the data on the drone itself, the transmission technology is an essential component for the success of the project.

Fraunhofer IIS's mobile campus network is used to cover the agricultural areas with 5G.

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