The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is currently conducting research on real-world applications through a 5G campus network set up by O2 Telefónica. For example, scientists want to use 5G to improve the use of autonomous transport vehicles in intralogistics.

Until now, these vehicles have been limited in their range of applications due to limited data connections and response times. Thanks to the low latency of 5G networks, more flexible and at the same time safer routes are possible.

5G campus network for TUM Frank Schmidt-Künzel from O2 Telefónica and Leonhard Feiner, team leader at TUM Materials Handling Chair Material Flow Logistics, have commissioned the 5G campus network.

TUM’s 5G campus network provides a closed and secure research and development environment without connection to the public mobile network. It offers high-performance network coverage in the research and development laboratories of the chair. The objective of the Material Flow Logistics chair is to use the latest technologies to explore the various functions and possibilities of 5G in the field of technical logistics and to test them in feasibility studies. Particular emphasis is placed on the empowerment of robotic solutions in intralogistics and robot collaboration.

In addition to setting up and operating the 5G campus network, O2 Telefónica will also support the university with intensive engineering advice. This type of collaboration will allow the chair to become familiar with 5G technology as quickly as possible and thus to quickly pursue its research projects.

Professor Dr. Ing. Johannes Fottner, Chair of Material Handling Flow Logistics at the Technical University of Munich, explains the scientific use of the 5G campus network:

The material handling and intralogistics sector is the third-largest sub-sector of the engineering industry in Germany in terms of turnover. In 2021, this subsector will generate 22.6 billion euros. According to the trade association VDMA, growth of 8% is expected for 2022. The share of exports in this sector is over 50%. Germany is the world’s largest exporter of corresponding products.

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More economical processes, faster workflows, more flexible mass production, better work safety: these are just some of the benefits that can be achieved by connecting the world of machines, which is still predominantly analogue, to the world of digital data. To ensure that data travels quickly and securely between machines via the network, enterprises are increasingly turning to campus network solutions based on 5G technology.

Karsten Pradel, B2B Director responsible for the business customer segment at O2 Telefónica
Innovative strength and efficient value chains based on advanced technologies are the strengths of German industry. The rapid deployment of the latest 5G mobile communication standard can further boost the performance of German companies.

Karsten Pradel of O2 Telefonica
We have set up a 5G campus network for TU Munich, where the university can seek out the practical benefits of technology for industry. Researchers at the University of Excellence will very quickly develop many new applications that will benefit industry and therefore our economy.