The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) is approaching the teaching of the future with great strides.
COCUS AG from Düsseldorf won the bidding process for the 5G campus network for the H-BRS. In the future, the local 5G network will be tested with individual use cases of the university.
In the ODEA.5G (Own Device E-Assessment on 5G) project, the university is developing and evaluating a technical infrastructure for conducting (course-related) digital examinations. These should be able to be carried out flexibly, securely and reliably even in large courses using the students’ end devices. Based on the requirements formulated for the project, COCUS AG will provide a flexible and high-performance 5G infrastructure that will serve as the basis for further research work around the topic of 5G-supported e-assessments. The project is funded by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW.
Particularly beneficial to the university is the provision of an open-source version of the 5G Packet Core from COCUS. This is provided in the current version (3GPP Release 16) and offers a wide range of options for extension and adaptation for use as an examination system. The Open-RAN-based mobile network also offers a future-proof and high-performance solution thanks to a modular and open architecture approach that is ideally equipped to meet the requirements of a wide range of use cases in teaching. In the configuration for the H-BRS, the local campus network is equipped with two mobile radio antennas that provide network access for up to 1,000 terminals with a maximum total data throughput of around 5 Gbit/s. The network is also equipped with two mobile radio antennas. This will enable H-BRS to evaluate 5G-based e-assessments even in large courses.
Over the next few weeks, COCUS AG and H-BRS will be working closely together to implement and set up the infrastructure for the Sankt Augustin campus. Completion and commissioning are scheduled for December 2021.