With its diverse operating capabilities, 5G forms the basis of new applications and business models. Three research projects from the fields of telemedicine, mobility and Industry 4.0 today received funding within the framework of the 5G Innovation Programme.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:
5G is much more than just high-speed internet - it is the key to the future. The buzz words are capacity, connectivity and real time. An example: one autonomous vehicle will need approx. one gigabyte of data - per minute. In comparison: to watch one minute of a video with Full HD quality on a smartphone it takes about 30 megabytes. In addition, the vehicles must communicate with intelligent traffic guidance systems. With 5G, up to a million internet-driven items in an area within a radius of one kilometre can be integrated. All of this is of no use to you, the passenger, unless the car brakes in real time, too. The three funded projects give us an idea of how 5G will change our lives in very different ways. From the way in which we work and get from one place to another to the way in which we see a doctor.
With its three-stages 5G Innovation Programme, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is supporting important 5G roll-out players through individual funding strategies tailored to the respective needs. In stage 1, six research projects from universities and research institutions receive funding. In stage 2, the 5G competition, local authorities receive funding of up to 100,000 euros each for developing strategies for innovative 5G mobile communications applications. In stage 3, the most innovative projects from the 5G competition are provided with implementation funding.
Information on the projects
“5G 4Healthcare” - Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH – Technical University of Applied Sciences) Amberg-Weiden:
The aim of the “5G 4Healthcare” project is to explore the feasibility, possibilities and limits in the field of improving through 5G technology the effectiveness and efficiency of health care in rural areas and to derive recommendations for action for scalable solutions. Under the leadership of OTH Amberg-Weiden and together with health care and industry partners, application scenarios for two use cases entitled “Integrated care” and “Home care” are designed, implemented in model form, tested and evaluated.
Funding: 8,445,120.82 euros
"5G Industry Campus Europe" - Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT Aachen:
The objective of the project is to transfer 5G to the manufacturing industry and to establish it firmly. In the research institutes’ fully equipped workshops, 5G can be tested and researched in a real-life environment. In the context of the funded project, the research infrastructure is to be deployed and different issues relevant for everyday practice which cover the entire scope of production technology are to be examined in implementation projects. The subjects range from 5G sensor technology to the monitoring of manufacturing processes, from mobile robotics and logistics to production chains covering several locations. To ensure that the outcome is transferable to industry, the 5G network will be launched on Melaten Campus on the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz frequency band and there will be an additional 4G network.
Funding: 6,237,862.88 euros
"The Kaiserslautern 5G model region - 5G for urban, rural and working life":
The aim of the Kaiserslautern 5G model region is to contribute to strengthening rural areas by developing and testing 5G applications for important fields such as Industry 4.0, agriculture and wine growing, smart cities and campus mobility solutions and by providing the industry and other stakeholders with the skills and the test environment for the development of 5G applications. To this end, different types of 5G networks (public networks, campus networks (private or based on MNOs), portable networks) are deployed as models and made available.
Funding: 11,614,446.31 euros
Further information and FAQs on the subject can be accessed here (in German).