Qualcomm Technologies has announced live demonstrations of industrial internet of things (IoT) applications with several companies at Hannover Messe, a trade fair for industrial technology happening this week in Hanover, Germany.
The trials will be conducted using a live over-the-air 5G NR network utilizing mobile test devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end, and antenna elements, the company said.
The conference’s 5G Arena in Hall 16 is also showcasing a variety of over-the-air 5G industrial IoT demonstrations – from safety panels to smart sensor systems to AGVs and cutting-edge 5G technology from Qualcomm combined with 5G infrastructure provided by Nokia.
Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., said in a news release that IIoT is reflected in its product showcase — from go-to connectivity solutions like Qualcomm 9205 LTE IoT modem to new platforms like the recently announced Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform to joint studies with industry leaders like Bosch on key IIoT topics.
Mike Calabrese, vice president of Global Enterprise and Webscale, Nokia, affirmed that 5G networks will transform factories and manufacturing centers into highly adaptive, efficient and intelligent production sites in the future. And 5G solutions would enable real-world industrial cases.
Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president & president Qualcomm EMEA, Qualcomm Europe Inc., said data from IHS OEM Semiconductor Spend Analysis show that 30 percent of the top 40 industrial IoT companies are European companies, with many industry leaders based in Europe.
“We are very proud to offer these demos with these companies to highlight the beginning of what’s possible for industrial IoT using 5G,” he said.
Companies demonstrating 5G technologies at the show include:
Bosch: Solutions such as 5G-connected mobile control panel that supports safety features, make new operating concepts possible: one 5G control unit can address several machines as reliably as only wired individual units could in the past. Bosch Rexroth demonstrates this with the driverless transport system ActiveShuttle and a 3D printing system – both connected via 5G.
Festo: The company will demonstrate the new way of quick cloud access for IoT data. Bernd Kärcher, Head of Advanced Development Automation and Control at Festo, said the company has been involved with 5G technology since an early stage.
Goetting: “Goetting’s AGV will be wandering around outside the 5G Arena at Hannover Messe, transmitting a HD video stream over a live 5G network. Alternatively, it can be teleoperated from Goetting's booth over the live 5G network to demonstrate the high reliability and low latency of 5G. This demo showcases the future of autonomous ground vehicles in factory settings.
IFAK: The FTT is developed by IFAK and includes devices (MULTIFACE) that generate traffic and measure parameters with high resolution. The FTT-Manager provides a user interface to plan and control the test procedure.
Siemens: The company will be using a 5G connection with a mobile test device provided by Qualcomm Technologies to upload live process data to MindSphere, showcasing todays possibilities of 5G for Industry.
Weidmueller: Through 5G, real time data can be reliably transferred to the cloud with wireless technology, as demonstrated by the crucial laser welding application in a prototype VW commercial vehicle production facility.
Zeiss: The company is bringing a measuring cell with in-line sensors for car assembly inspection into Industry 4.0.