5G Lab Germany in Dresden
5G promises to impact on our lives more than any other wireless technology before it, ushering in superfast speeds, a huge increase in throughput, security and resilience. The 5G Lab Germany at the Technical University of Dresden is at the forefront of research.
With more than 600 researchers from 20 different disciplines, 18 committed industry partners including companies like Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, IDT, NEC, Nokia and Vodafone (to name a few), Dresden’s 5G Lab is unique in Germany, if not in the world.
“No other research center is offering the holistic approach which is needed to push 5G into industries early on,” says Rico Radeke, managing director of 5G Lab GmbH at the TUD. And the future of industry depends on 5G enabling Industry 4.0, robotics, the Internet of Things, connected e-cars, the smart grid and numerous other disruptive technologies that are transforming sectors such as construction, engineering, healthcare, agriculture and logistics. Quite simply, 5G is the medium through which networked and intelligent machines will flow.
5G Lab Germany and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) successfully organized the 2nd IEEE 5G Summit Dresden on September 19, 2017. © 5G Lab Germany/Frank Grätz
The Tactile Internet is here
“5G is a revolution in communication,” explains Radeke. “The Tactile Internet will enable real-time communication for trillions of devices worldwide. This real-time aspect offers completely new business perspectives, but will change our society, especially regarding interworking and living with machines.”
The 5G Lab GmbH offers administrative support for all research projects and industry partners and members of the 5G Lab Germany. And the first industries to benefit from the superhighway will be robotics, manufacturing, healthcare, autonomous driving, education and entertainment.
Many of the projects are “closed” but the first to be unveiled is “5G-ConnectedMobility”: four motorways in Germany have been carrying out tests in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to create the environment for autonomous driving and for new methods of traffic information provision in real time. Stefan Koetz, chairman of the board of Ericsson in Germany, which is a key partner, hopes that “it will be possible to accelerate 5G R&D beyond Germany with the help of the telecoms industry and the application industry.”
All that Radeke can say about the other collaborations underway is that they “include sharing each other’s view on 5G, the updating of a common vision and networking between partners.” But what is clear is that there will be very few places – including space – where 5G can’t take us.