Positioning for 5G

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.



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The new Nomadic 5G Positioning Testbed allows you to test localization with 5G directly on site at an early stage.

ZIEHL-ABEGG SE has found out what it can look like with the nomadic 5G positioning testbed, as it allows testing without a large investment and quickly provides insights into the limits and possibilities of 5G as an RTLS.

Find out more about the Nomadic 5G Positioning Testbed and other Fraunhofer IIS test options and projects at Hannover Messe 2024.



Industry and Logistics

  • 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


5G Positioning Projects

From digital construction sites to improved rescue chains and localization in hospitals.


Positioning in 5G at Fraunhofer IIS


3GPP roadmap of 5G standardization

Interview: Positioning in 5G with Uplink TDOA (time difference of arrival)

5G Bavaria

Testbed Industry 4.0


5G Bavaria