“This project will provide invaluable real-world learnings that both companies can apply to future deployments and marks an important key milestone as 5G moves into industrial automation,” said Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President & President, Qualcomm Europe Inc. “Combining our 5G connectivity capabilities with Siemens’ deep industry know-how will help us deploy technologies, refine solutions, and work to make the smart industrial future a reality.”
The German Federal Network Agency has reserved a total bandwidth of 100 MHz from 3.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz for use on local industrial sites. German companies are thus able to rent part of this bandwidth on an annual basis and to make exclusive use of it on their own operating sites in a private 5G network whilst also providing optimum data protection. Siemens is using this principle to evaluate and test industrial protocols such as OPC UA and Profinet in its Automotive Showroom and Test Center together with wireless communication via 5G.
Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies have a longstanding collaboration focused on technological cooperation in wireless communication technologies. Amongst other things, this has resulted in the development of the Siemens Scalance portfolio for industrial wireless communication. With Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in 5G technology, this collaboration continues to evolve seamlessly, leading to the first standalone private 5G network in an industrial environment. This allows solutions to be tested and developed which industry will be able to use with the up-and-coming Release 16 of the 5G standard.