31. March 2022

5G reaches the reference construction site

The 5G.NAMICO project successfully kicked off.

Together with the project partners IP RWTH, Fraunhofer IPT, MRE RWTH and Nerospec SK GmbH as well as the partners Kabelwerk Eupen AG, Ericsson GmbH, GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH, BAT Bergbau Service GmbH, BROKK DA GmbH, Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH, PORR AG and LEONHARD WEISS GmbH & Co. KG the Center Construction has started work and successfully launched the project.

As part of the 5G NAMICO research project, 5G is also to be used in the construction and mining sectors of the future. Based on the findings from previous projects such as the 5G-Industry Campus Europe, a 5G network is now to be installed on a reference construction site and in an underground mine to harness the benefits of the technology. One challenge here is the adverse and changing environments: dust, vibration and humidity bring demands on a dynamic 5G network, which must withstand harsh operational conditions. 5G technology, which was developed for use in industrial environments and open areas, must therefore be developed further. The use of 5G in construction and mining has the potential to automate processes and reduce the workload of personnel. A prerequisite for this is the development of enhanced safety concepts that protect people in partially and fully automated processes, while at the same time achieving progress in digital transformation. To use in the future 5G on construction sites and in mining, the project will first look at selected use cases that deal with the automation of individual work processes and the safety aspect.

The 5G.NAMICO project is funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia through the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy with the funding code 005-2108-0111. It runs from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2023.