5G Testbed Industrie 4.0

The 5G testbed "Industry 4.0" is an open test environment where customer-specific application scenarios from the field of industry and logistics can be tested with 5G under realistic conditions. All outdoor, indoor and transitional areas of the testbed are equipped with interlocking communication and localization solutions. This allows industrial applications to be tested in real-world deployment scenarios. 

Companies can use the 5G Bavaria testbed "Industry 4.0" to test how 5G can meet a wide range of industrial application requirements in real-world use. Since localization will be an important part of Industrie 4.0 applications (e.g., automated guided vehicles, UAVs, mobile robots, tool tracking), the Industrie 4.0 testbed is one of the first to showcase industrial 5G communications along with true 5G localization in the context of Industrie 4.0 applications.

The Testbed Industry 4.0 is an endorsed testbed by 5G ACIA.


5G mobile campus network

The 5G campus network consists of a 5G base station and the core network as well as an antenna and a corresponding remote radio head. The base station and the core network run as an integrated software solution on a local computer (edge solution).

The antenna and radio head provide uninterrupted network coverage over a range of several hundred meters. The 5G cell set up over this area provides up to 100 MHz of bandwidth. It is also possible to extend this with an additional cell, for example to provide equal service to a site’s indoor and outdoor areas. The mobile campus network is an isolated and secure 5G network that is strictly separated from the public network as a general rule. However, the campus network can also be connected to the local company network or the Internet as desired. The connection between devices and the campus network is based on 5G in standalone mode (Release 15).

network as a general rule. However, the campus network can also be connected to the local company network or the Internet as desired. The connection between devices and the campus network is based on 5G in standalone mode (Release 15). We can provide compatible devices or 5G cellular modem modules. Alternatively, we can also conduct compatibility tests at an early stage to ensure that the planned deployment of your own 5G-capable devices in the mobile campus network is possible. Operation of the campus network makes use of a 5G load generator. This generates additional data traffic by virtually increasing the number of devices that are all transmitting in the cell simultaneously.As a result, it is possible to investigate the effect of the network load on the performance of planned applications. This makes it easy to draw conclusions about the scalability of planned use cases in a fully loaded campus network.

UWIN - Ultra Reliable Wireless Industrial Network

UWIN is a highly reliable and real-time-capable radio transmission technology that can be used as a wireless extension or replacement of wired fieldbuses in industrial automation. UWIN is designed to meet the communication requirements of real-time-critical applications,

especially in the field of motion control with sensor-actuator connection to moving subsystems. The evaluation kit makes it possible to test the reliability of UWIN directly in the customer-specific application environment.


Intelligent bolted connection for safety-relevant applications - Structural Health Monitoring

Bolted connections at critical, safety-relevant points on bridges, on load-bearing structures or structures exposed to high loads, as well as in production, require the most complete control possible (condition monitoring). The intelligent bolted

joint makes this possible by integrating it into wireless sensor systems:

using a special pressure and temperature thin-film sensor and a wireless, self-sufficient (via energy harvesting) sensor, the pretension of the bolted joint can be checked and transmitted via a standardized interface. Authentic, encrypted data can be transmitted via a cryptographically secured update process. The patented system is developed as a flexible toolkit with configurable individual components and is available as an evalkit.

FlexLoc – Flexible Adhoc-Positioning System

Solution for Automated Production and Logistics Processes

FlexLoc, the flexible localization solution, is an application that represents a significant advance in agile and connected manufacturing. This mobile ad hoc positioning system can, for example, work with an ultra-wideband (UWB) localization system in the factory infrastructure to locate mobile machine tools on large workpieces.

FlexLoc technology also offers great potential for logistics. Here, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) fitted with sensor nodes can interact with a person carrying an associated tag. The localization solution is scalable in precision and range and can be expanded as required. Autonomous tools for flexible production processes Particularly in the machining of large parts, it makes sense to replace large stationary machine tools with miniaturized mobile machining units. These can be used to increase flexibility and freedom of design during production. The mobile ad hoc positioning system can be set up locally.  

IndLoc® - Inductive near-field positioning for material detection

IndLoc® localization and object detection technology, developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, is a highly accurate, cost-effective solution for three-dimensional real-time localization, object detection and communication with passive targets in a defined volume.

It works by using a current-carrying conductor to surround a defined area of variable size and generate a weak alternating magnetic field in this area. The target contains conductive elements that generate a secondary magnetic field in the monitored volume. Sensor antennas detect this field and transmit the data to a reader. A connected back-end system then evaluates and interprets the data.   This makes it possible to determine the exact position of objects or even people, and if they cross any boundaries in place. Moreover, the technology can distinguish between individual objects in terms of their type and quantity, even when they are in packaging.