The Western corner of Germany is, so far, not just as a centre of the German car production – in contrast to Wolfsburg, Stuttgart or Munich.
at one point in Aachen must feel now, but something as a pioneer: As the first German car builders in the city-based Start-up e. Go to its production on 5G networking.
On Tuesday, it was a network based on 5G technology. Yet, in LTE transmitted, from August to be on the ultra – fast Standard 5G changed the rule, no other car factory in Germany. 5G was a “technological quantum leap”, which enables error-free and low-cost production, said e. Go-in-chief Günther Schuh.
The 60-Year-old is a Professor for product classification, once he has co-founded the Transporter manufacturer streetscooter. Meanwhile, he has e. Go another electric Start-up out of the ground stamped – as a separate company and not as a subsidiary of a large auto group. 450 employees e. Go has, in the meantime, in March, the series has started production on a small scale. Until the end of the year 3000 electric cars to be finished, then the production could be driven up to 30,000 Cars per annum high. The Shoe relies on the low prices of 15,900 euros, the small vehicle “e. Go is Life”. For such a price, even 5G is according to him necessary: This production will reduce costs significantly, so Shoe.
The logic behind: 5G allows an ultra-fast, secure, and comprehensive data processing and analysis, with the help of the production processes to be improved. As an example, the Shoe keeps a very narrow, approximately 50 cm long tool in the height: a torque wrench. Thus, screws are fastened – not loose, not too tight, but at precisely the right vehicle. How and where the employees do, was documented prior to the Start of the 5G-network – the evaluation of the data and the error detection was according to the Shoe but quite tedious. In the future, the data will be analyzed in real-time. “So we turn off errors chances completely,” explains the head of the company.
Automobiles, processes in factories, there were yet “a large part of Search and Wait,” he says – because the minimum error in the subsequent Assembly processes to lead to serious defects, which would then have to be consuming fixed.
In the Aachen factory hall hanging 36 small antennas on the ceiling, which will allow self-sufficient, of the environment, i.e. shielded data traffic – in the “campus network” data must not be sent hundreds of miles to large-scale computers. This is happening on the ground in small, real-time data centers, in industry talk “Mobile Edge Computing” was called. And with “Network Slicing” it is tailor-made for local use.
in a Good mood, also Hannes Ametsreiter, head of Germany by Vodafone, presented the commissioning of the local network on Tuesday. The company operates the network of e. Go, the components, in turn, from the supplier to Ericsson. “Our automotive industry is in need of quick network,” says the Manager. “Data are an important fuel for the modern automobile production. Even more important, it is not that this data leaves the production hall.” By processing locally on 5G and not over Wi-Fi, the possibility of being hacked is reduced, allegedly to zero.
And how expensive is the fun in that? For the commissioning you have invested “a larger million amount,” says Shoe. Since it was but “a poor Start-up”, have Vodafone gives a discount, he adds with a wink, – by improving the production processes, the wages for his company. Ametsreiter is a Professor next to the car and says: “pioneers, we need to support.”
For Vodafone is the e. Go-network is also a kind of window-and thus advertising. The whole telecommunications industry is hoping for good business with the industry – 5G to fully networked factories and new developments such as Autonomous Driving. But there’s a catch: The Federal network Agency auctioned the complete free or free range, but they reserved a part directly for industry companies. Since data is becoming more and more important in the Internet age, the company in the future, the possibility to run your factory network – mobile operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica on the outside would be.
Exactly drives the industry representatives worry lines in the face – you’ll be denied a “part of cake”, to scold you. For e. Go, an in-house operation is not out of the question, too small the company is. Large corporations such as Daimler are aiming for a such a self-operating, however. Properly you can’t get started but, as the network Agency you said industry spectrum, allocates only the end of the year.
That telecommunications companies do not need to be in the industrial spectrum, but on the outside, shows the example of Telefónica. Recently, the Munich-based company and Daimler announced that they will install with Ericsson 5G network on the Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen. You’ll have built “the 5G network rapidly in the next few months,” said a Telefonica spokesman. For testing Telefónica’s own spectrum for 5G provides applications.
when normally operating it, is unclear – this happens with the local industrial spectrum, what needs to apply for Daimler still. The car maker wants to operate the network itself. Telefónica hopes still to remain, after the commissioning of the network on Board: “Also, in addition, we would be in the context of a long-term cooperation for the further Development and maintenance of the network,” said the spokesman. Well from his point of view, that you collect in Sindelfingen experience “for the establishment and operation of 5G networks for other companies and industry partners”.