With the help of the new 5G mobile communications standard, not only people will be able to communicate with each other in the future. This is because, in addition to a large number of sensors and devices, it will also be possible for cars and machines to be connected to each other. The 5G mobile communications standard is thus considered a key technology for taking the Internet of Things to a new level. In the future, complete smart factories could be built on the basis of 5G campus networks. This makes the technology particularly exciting for companies.
In the industrial sector, 5G is often used in conjunction with the private 5G campus networks. These are also known as Mobile Private Networks (MPN). 5G campus networks are completely independent networks that are built for a specific area and can be used exclusively in that area. The first campus networks are already in operation at many industrial sites, creating benefits in three areas: Coverage, control and security.
Within a private campus network, consistent coverage is ensured across all defined premises. The owner has complete control over all aspects of the network, including prioritization and allocation of capacity for different use cases. In addition, he has prioritization in handling all data and can customize security policies. Many companies today use wired technologies (such as EtherNet/IP, Profinet or Profibus), often supplemented by Wi-Fi. But especially in large buildings, production sites, especially outdoors, or for flexible processes in motion, the area-wide coverage by 5G is particularly exciting to ensure optimized, automated and efficient production processes.
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