SMS Group has announced it is building its own private 5G Campus network for R&D purposes at its Hilchenbach site in Germany.
Together with Mugler and Ericsson, a private 5G infrastructure has been set up to support the testing of the highest mobile communications standard currently available, as well as the advancement of new developments for the metallurgical industry.
The industry is facing challenges to the development of new materials, with a high degree of automation, digitalisation in a real-time network environment is required offering potential solutions.
SMS is now testing a private 5G network on an industrial scale and developing for global customers in the metallurgical industry.
A “private 5G network” means creating your own network infrastructure based on a frequency and coverage area licensed for the customer that enables the worldwide provision and processing of data in real time.
The private 5G standalone campus network used at SMS provides the basis for an initial test environment for the implementation of various 5G use cases. The network based on Ericsson Private 5G Technology (EP5G) was implemented by Mugler. Thanks to the efficient collaboration of all project partners, the system went live just four weeks after the project was launched.
“We serve the market with a sensor solution for production companies that is scalable and easy to integrate,” said Jens Petri, head of technologies and partnerships, SMS digital.
“Thanks to the 5G connectivity, it enables the transmission and processing of data to gain insights into the process that were jointly developed and tested at SMS group in Hilchenbach.
“SMS group is closing the gap between physics, sensor technology, OT and IT.”