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MediaService Digital Industries Newsroom

A new era awaits – How 5G will change industry

The unprecedented reliability and very low latencies together with Industrial 5G’s comprehensive connectivity to the IIoT are paving the way for groundbreaking industrial applications.

A brief glance at the development of cell phone networks over the past 40 years shows that this has always generated added value for both users and industry. Even the first commercial cell phone network (in retrospect, this was the first generation network) allowed us to communicate with each other while on the move, in other words mobile telecommunication. 2G networks presented the opportunity to send text messages, 3G brought the Internet into people’s hands, and 4G did the same for music and video streaming.
However, for industry, 1G applications were as good as non-existent due to the high costs, the restriction to analogue speech transmission, and the limited network coverage. The next 2G generation brought text messages and later even simple data transmission for industrial telecontrol applications. 3G allowed near-real-time long-distance effects and remote access, for example, in teleservice where users could interact with remotely installed applications. 4G finally provided complete, real-time access – and that is not the end of it.
“The 5th generation of cell phones has enormous potential for the industry.The unprecedented reliability and very low latencies together with Industrial 5G’s comprehensive connectivity to the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) are paving the way for groundbreaking industrial applications. This includes mobile robots in production as well as autonomous vehicles in the transportation and logistics sector, IIoT,augmented reality applications for service and maintenance technicians, and virtual reality applications for users. As leading company in automation and digitalization, Siemens has already taken this opportunity and is now developing solutions which will allow industrial companies to increase their efficiency, flexibility, and productivity while making their production facilities future-safe with new 5G technology”, said Eckard Eberle, CEO of Siemens Business Unit Process Automation.

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