Mar 1, 2021

GSMA: business demand drives 5G evolution

5G
Smart Manufacturing
Technology
GSMA
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021
GSMA discusses the evolution of 5G and its adoption in manufacturing at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021...

Bringing together global carriers, industry leaders, leading academics and equipment and device vendors, Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021 hosted the 5G Advanced Summit to share their 5G industry insights.

"The world has witnessed inspiring commercial rollout of 5G in the past two years. By 2030, 5G will have evolved into the most dominant mobile technology that will create huge value to society,” commented Alex Sinclair, CTO of GSMA.

5G in manufacturing operations

At the summit, business demand was said to be the main driving force behind the continuous evolution of 5G. Other driving factors include, the increased popularity of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) services which are driving the increase in data of usage (DOU), projected to exceed 100GB by 2025.

In order to drive digitalisation across vertical industries, it was also noted that 5G must be further integrated with such industries to build a suitable engine to drive this.

A guest at the summit detailed their experience when applying 5G in the automotive manufacturing industry. “5G has played an essential role in our factory. It has been widely implemented for visual recognition and smart data collection to greatly improve productivity. We believe that, with continuous evolution, 5G will provide high uplink bandwidth and high-precision positioning to better support digital transformation across industries."

Dr. Tong Wen, Huawei Fellow and CTO of Huawei Wireless believes that the constant diversification of IoT applications will require 5G networks to further improve its capabilities which will be important to maximise the business value of the IoT industry worth US$100bn.

"We believe that 5G RAN will continue to evolve in four technical directions: intelligent and efficient mobile networks to improve 5G efficiency; enhanced eMBB, mMTC, and URLLC capabilities to improve 5G performance; reconstructed use patterns of sub-100 GHz spectrum to maximize spectral efficiency; and new technologies to enable industrial applications, such as sensing communication, high-precision positioning, and other new capabilities to open up a new space for business," said Ms. Huang. Mr. Kalvin Peng, Head of R&D, Ericsson North East Asia, and Mr. Li Yan, Senior Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm Technologies.

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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