Partners launch 5G research platform with Port of Hamburg

February 05, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The project partners Nokia, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Deutsche Telekom have put a test field for communication via 5G radio technology into operation in the Port of Hamburg. In the 80 square kilometre test field, the project partners want to gain experience with 5G in industrial applications.

Industrial applications require a telecommunications network that is particularly reliable and very secure. At the same time, it must support a large number of different services and applications.

In the Port of Hamburg, which is a logistics hub on the one hand and a tourist magnet on the other, the applications are diverse and the requirements for a 5G network are therefore particularly high. For example, traffic lights in the port area are to be controlled via mobile radio and environmental measurement data are to be collected and processed in real time. In addition, virtual reality applications should help to better monitor critical infrastructure such as locks and construction sites and thus make it safer.

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The project partners are now examining whether these applications with their very different requirements on data transport, can function reliably in a single mobile radio network. For this purpose, virtual networks, so-called "network slices", optimized for specific applications, are implemented in the test network. The innovative architecture of 5G makes it possible to adapt networks dynamically and flexibly to the requirements of different applications. In the test field, such a network with several network slices will be tested for the first time in Germany under live industrial conditions.

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