The upcoming 5G standard will be able to meet enhanced requirements as it targets latencies under one millisecond, data rates of up to ten gigabits per second, extremely high network reliability, and better accuracy in positioning. With location awareness becoming an essential feature of many new markets, positioning is consequently considered as an integral part of the system design of upcoming 5G mobile networks.
The 5G positioning framework will thereby integrate a multitude of sensors based on both, cellular signals and 3GPP independent techniques, into a hybrid positioning scheme. 5G NR allows for a groundbreaking positioning performance by providing high bandwidths for precise timing, new frequency bands at mm-wave, massive MIMO for accurate angle of arrival estimation and new architectural options supporting especially positioning. Improved levels of accuracy, robustness and latency can be archived to meet all the new application requirements that cannot be realized today.
In- and outdoor positioning at the Fraunhofer IIS can draw on 20 years of experience in several technologies like RSSI, TDOA, AoA and multi-sensor fusion.