Positioning for 5G

With the new 5G mobile radio standard, the high requirements of applications in the areas of Industry and Logistics 4.0, Smart City, Medicine and Health and Rescue Services for wireless communication and positioning solutions can be better met. To achieve this, 5G aims at latency times of a few milliseconds, data rates of up to 20 Gigabits per second, extremely high network reliability and high positioning accuracy. Because an increasing awareness of objects about their own location is an essential feature of many new business models and services, positioning is seen as an integral part of the system design of 5G mobile radio networks.

The 5G positioning architecture will integrate a large number of sensors, based on mobile signals and mobile technology (e.g. inertial sensors) to enable a hybrid positioning scheme. For positioning, 5G offers the best prerequisites, as it uses a wide bandwidth for better time resolution, new frequency bands in the mm-wave range and massive MIMO for precise angle measurement. Therefore, 5G positioning contributes to the acceleration of industrial and logistical processes. By using, for example, drones (UAV) or automated guided vehicles (AGVs), to tracking of goods and products in intralogistic processes or positioning for AR applications can be implemented. 5G can also be used to navigate emergency forces or to locate a steadily increasing number of mobile sensors (e.g. environmental sensors). In addition, autonomous driving or use in hospitals to localize medical devices or in emergency services are other areas of application for positioning with 5G.


As part of our work on 5G, Fraunhofer IIS advises and supports system developers, network and infrastructure providers and users in implementing their own solutions for positioning within 5G networks. The institute develops the necessary algorithms, researches and supports companies in the correct design of campus networks for positioning and determines the specific requirements of applications for 5G. Find out more about our services.


You can find out more about 5G positioning applications on the following pages:




Fraunhofer IIS offers a wide range of advice for a tailor-made positioning solution with 5G.  



Fraunhofer IIS has been researching, developing and testing positioning technologies for over 20 years.



With the rollout of 5G and the allocation of private frequencies in the range between 3.7 and 3.8 GHz, the demand for positioning in non-public 5G networks or campus networks is increasing.



Industry and Logistics 4.0

  • Monitoring and control of AGVs and UAVs
  • Digitized material flow and warehouse management
  • Intelligent tools and tool tracking
  • AR-supported assembly
  • Prevention of cargo theft
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Smart City

  • Improved traffic flow
  • Autonomous driving
  • Drones for parcel logistics
  • Modern mobility concepts
  • Digital construction site
  • Mobile environmental sensors
  • Interconnected mobility
  • Automated threading of vehicles

Medicine and Health

  • Asset tracking of medical device
  • Interruption of infection chains
  • Patient protection
  • Monitoring in medical logistics
  • Emergency services
  • Positioning of rescue workers on site




Rescue Services

  • Positioning of Emergency Personnel
  • Drones for the improved assessment of a situation


Planned development of 5G positioning accuracy


3GPP roadmap of 5G standardization


Augmented Reality (AR)