5G campus networks in relevant application scenarios - CampusOS sees significant advantages in an open and modular approach

The current white paper "Open and modular 5G campus networks: use cases, requirements and architecture" examines the potential of open and modular 5G campus networks in areas such as Industry 4.0, construction, telemedicine and agriculture. The white paper provides an overview of the specific requirements for the design of communication systems in the various sectors. CampusOS offers an approach that individually fulfils all the use cases examined: a growing, modular ecosystem of 5G components based on open standards.

On almost 50 pages, the application partners from CampusOS demonstrate the potential of 5G campus networks for different sectors and use cases. The paper discusses the key benefits of open and modular systems separately for each use case and outlines the requirements for customised solutions. Finally, the architecture consisting of functional components for an open and modular campus network is presented.

An outstanding application example for 5G campus networks is automated intralogistics, for example. Industrial use cases in connection with wireless communication generally relate to mobile machines (AGVs or other autonomous robotic systems) that can operate largely independently in the field. This enables smooth and efficient logistics, which optimises production processes, increases productivity and reduces costs. A permanently robust and reliable data connection is essential in order to exchange process-relevant data and ensure a high level of safety for people and equipment. In contrast to the campus networks permanently installed in industrial buildings, mobile, "nomadic" campus networks are used on construction sites, but also in agriculture and forestry. Here, for example, drones are used to store information (e.g. about plant growth) in an edge cloud, which in turn is relevant for a fertiliser robot. Such a campus network may only be needed for a few days a year and must be available "on demand".

The aim of CampusOS is to support an open and modular ecosystem for campus networks that meets the needs of large industrial companies as well as SMEs and research institutions. The advantage: open 5G campus networks take into account the actual needs of customers and enable a powerful, cost-efficient ecosystem that can be used by all industry partners and that can be adapted to future requirements. The more open components are available, the better the systems can be customised to the requirements of the use case.

Thanks to its modular structure, the architecture developed in CampusOS enables the seamless integration of various application scenarios. New use cases can thus be easily integrated and existing ones can be expanded. This is being trialled in conjunction with six application projects that are also being funded as part of the BMWK's "5G Campus Networks" technology focus. These "satellite projects" offer additional application scenarios, test environments and feedback to ensure the effectiveness and practicability of the CampusOS approach. The collaboration between technology providers and users results in customised, practical pilots in the projects that take into account the specific requirements of the individual application areas.

A central component of the modular solution approach is a "5G technology kit", which provides a comprehensive selection of verified components, architecture modules and operating model blueprints. This modular solution forms the basis for the development and implementation of high-performance campus networks based on the latest 5G technologies.

The whitepaper (in German language) can be download here!

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