German-Japanese project EmKoI4.0 launched

A new German-Japanese lighthouse project EmKoI4.0 has started and aims to make modern communication technologies accessible for Industry 4.0.

The project is the result of a joint call for proposals "Mobile Connectivity for Key Industries" by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

Automation and digitalisation in production facilities are leading to an increase in the amount of data to be transmitted. Advanced communication technologies ("5G Advanced") can form the basis for fast, secure and robust communication and be an essential key for the necessary wireless networking of production facilities. The aim of the call was to develop and test innovative 5G communication technologies for applications in the manufacturing industry. The results of the project should contribute to the international standardisation, harmonisation and interoperability of advanced 5G technologies.

The aim of the EmKoI4.0 project is to provide methods and tools that support the examination and development of convergent communication solutions over the entire life cycle of industrial plants and products. Models for convergent communication solutions will be developed that enable easy integration into digitalised production systems. The project is led by the Institute for Automation and Communication (DEU) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan (JAP). Other project partners are Dresden University of Technology (DEU), Demag Cranes & Components GmbH (DEU), Thorsis Technologies GmbH (DEU), NEC Corporation (JAP) and Tohoku University (JAP).