With location awareness becoming an essential feature of many new markets, positioning is consequently considered as an integral part of the system design of 5G mobile networks. Increased contextual awareness of goods, parts, machines and workers enables an unprecedented degree of interaction and collaboration.
Therefore, Fraunhofer IIS is working on advanced accurate positioning technologies to provide flexible solutions for diverse positioning use cases with varying requirements. Novel approaches for sub-meter accuracy allow for tracking of mobile devices in indoor and urban areas when traditional approaches like GNSS are not accurate enough or not available.
The 5G positioning framework will integrate a multitude of sensors based on both, cellular signals and 3GPP independent techniques. 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 achieved to meet all the new application requirements that cannot be realized today.