Ericsson and Telefónica Germany to Use 5G in Car Manufacturing

16 March, 2020 | Mobile Communications
Article by Matthias Pätzold
All production systems and machines in Mercedes-Benz’s new Factory 56 will be connected and operated via secure 5G with gigabit data rates and almost real-time latency while handling large amounts of data.

The 5G network will enable Mercedes-Benz to boost flexibility, production precision, and efficiency as industry digitalization and the IoT become a reality in car production. And it will facilitate data linking and product tracking on the assembly line.

All processes will be optimized and made more robust and will be able to be adapted at short notice to fit market requirements. As a private 5G network, the intelligent connection of production systems and machines in Factory 56 will be done in a secure way. Ericsson and Telefónica Germany are building the network, made up of products from Ericsson’s Private Networks products, in the 20,000-m2 complex and will hand it over to Mercedes-Benz upon completion for operation.

Mercedes-Benz says experiences gained from Factory 56 will be incorporated into plans for future 5G implementation in other plants.

Full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 14, Number 4, December 2019

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