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.