5G strives for faster data transmission, lower delay, high reliability and comprehensive connectivity. With 5G it will be possible to connect multiple devices directly, which is important for innovative applications such as IoT, autonomous driving (V2X) and immersive virtual reality (XR) experiences. 5G also enables more efficient real-time location systems (RTLS). Thanks to real-time localization, precise location data can be recorded and used to optimize the process, e.g. for automated material supply with mobile robots (AMR). 5G positioning is an integral part of 5G for numerous applications in the fields of industry and logistics 4.0, smart city, medicine and health and rescue services.
Looking to the future: 5G Advanced and 6G
With Release 18, 5G reaches a new level: 5G Advanced. 5G Advanced represents a further development of 5G technology and promises faster data transmission of 20 GBit/s and localization accuracies of 20-30 cm to meet the growing demands of the connected world. 6G is expected to be the next generation of wireless communications by 2030, with the ability to penetrate into the terahertz frequencies and perform precise localizations in the cm range. Positioning continues to play an important role both in the context of 5G Advanced and with regard to future 6G technology. For example, it becomes possible to precisely determine the position of IoT devices while minimizing power consumption, resulting in longer battery life of the devices. Fraunhofer IIS is significantly involved in research in the field of 5G Advanced and 6G and future application, with a strong focus on localization and AI.
Consulting and development offers at Fraunhofer IIS
In view of the central importance of positioning for professional mobile radio applications, Fraunhofer IIS offers system developers, network and infrastructure providers as well as applied companies comprehensive advice and support in this area. The institute researches and develops the necessary algorithms, supports companies in the correct design of campus and public networks for localization and determines the specific requirements of applications for localization. Find out more about our services.