Real-time connectivity

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), what industry needs is a scalable, powerful, and robust network: one that, already in 2020, will allow not only two billion smartphones but also 50 billion machines, devices, vehicles, sensors, and buildings within the Internet of Things to be connected via the cloud and to communicate with each other.

With 5G technology, the learning steel plant can provide additional information in difficult-to-access areas or for mobile stations that are recorded and can be evaluated and interconnected. System extensions, retrofits, and technologies that were not previously feasible can be realized with 5G. Less cabling is needed, and potential solutions are scalable.

5G components

Key features

  • 5G offers more bandwidth than LTE
  • Shorter response time via real-time applications
  • Making data universally accessible


  • Bandwidth

    5G not only offers more bandwidth than LTE

    The efficient implementation of video applications, like augmented reality (AR)-assisted service applications, using AR headsets or camera image transmissions from areas difficult to access, is only possible now thanks to 5G. Experts working from centralized locations can use virtual reality (VR) to experience the working environment of their colleagues on-site as though they were actually there. In this way, they can assist by giving them specific advice and information for maintenance and repair work. Such mobile connectivity means a vast range of in-house and field applications can be realized. With the right solutions, the specialists can look after several sites more efficiently without being there in person.

    Short response times in data transmission coupled with high connection availability and quality distinguish the standard since 5G release 16. Particular focus is placed here on applications on the Internet of Things.

    Advantages of 5G
  • Actuator/sensor communication

    Real-time applications enable shorter response time

    For sensors and actuators fitted in plant and machinery to communicate with one another, the relevant data connections must always be available and reliable. This is what the 5G standard was designed to deliver.

    Real-time applications should also be possible: short reaction times within the network are necessary so that individual components of a plant can react live to errors or faults. While data can only be transmitted with a latency of at least ten milliseconds via LTE, laboratory trials showed that 5G is able to achieve less than one millisecond – a time gain that can be used in critical situations when a pump, power supply, or robot needs to be shut down automatically, or when a valve needs to be closed

    5G integrates the entire value chain

    The learning steel plant connects people with machinery. This includes the plant location itself and all partners, suppliers, and logistical service providers. Processes in and around the plant are digitally mapped throughout and can be managed effectively. With the help of 5G, production processes in the learning steel plant will not only be better and more tailored to individual requirements, but they will also save costs and enable higher quality goods to be manufactured.

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