Other scenarios for industrial 5G wireless technology include the integrated use of connected tablets, VR glasses, and smart tools. In addition, edge devices can be used flexibly: for example, in brownfield applications where it’s difficult to lay cables. In contrast to other wireless technologies, private 5G networks use a licensed frequency band and can therefore be operated without interference.
Siemens has developed its 5G infrastructure specifically for the requirements of industrial customers and industrial applications. It consists of a 5G core and a radio access network (RAN). The RAN includes the central unit (CU), the distributed unit (DU), and the radio units (RUs). Different 5G end-devices can connect to the 5G infrastructure and communicate in the private network. The all-in-one 5G solution is also designed for use in harsh industrial environments.
Siemens currently offers industrial 5G routers for connecting robots, AGVs, and other industrial devices to a private 5G network. These routers are the final components necessary for efficient wireless connectivity in industrial environments. Siemens' private 5G infrastructure gives users sole control over the data in their 5G network at all times, and they can custom-configure the network for their applications."
Naresh Surepelly, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “5G is crucial for industrial applications namely mobile robots, autonomous logistics, driverless transport systems, and edge devices. Siemens has been well established and has a presence or large installed base in industrial companies. With this historical presence, and with a wide portfolio of automation and control systems, Simens has a good potential to capture new industrial 5G network business”.