Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Qualcomm demonstrates 5G IoT applications at Hannover Messe

Steve Rogerson
April 4, 2019

Qualcomm demonstrated IoT applications with multiple companies at this week’s Hannover Messe using a live over-the-air 5G NR network with mobile test devices powered by its Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
The conference’s 5G Arena showed various over-the-air 5G industrial IoT demonstrations – from safety panels to smart sensor systems to AGVs – and 5G technology from Qualcomm, combined with 5G infrastructure provided by Nokia, helped a group of exhibitors show off the future of smart, connected industrial products.
"We are excited to showcase what's possible when we add 5G to the industrial IoT," said Jeffery Torrance, vice president at Qualcomm. "Qualcomm Technologies' leadership in IIoT is reflected with everything from go-to connectivity solutions like our 9205 LTE IoT modem, to new platforms like the recently-announced Robotics RB3 platform, to joint studies with industry leaders like Bosch on key IIoT topics. With these live 5G demonstrations at Hannover Messe, Qualcomm Technologies continues to showcase the breakthrough technologies that are transforming the way the industrial world connects, computes and communicates."
Mike Calabrese, Nokia vice president, added: "5G networks will transform today's factories and manufacturing centres into highly adaptive, efficient and intelligent production sites. We are thrilled to bring out 5G solutions to enable real-world industrial cases to the 5G Arena at Hannover Messe, together with Deutsche Messe and Qualcomm Technologies."
And Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president for Qualcomm Europe, said that 5G would transform industries and unlock the huge potential of industrial IoT with 30% of the top 40 industrial IoT companies being European.
“We are very proud to offer these demos with these companies to highlight the beginning of what’s possible for industrial IoT using 5G,” he said.
Among the companies demonstrating 5G technologies at the show was Boach. Heiner Lang, senior vice president for Bosch Rexroth, said 5G would achieve the breakthrough of wireless communications for industry.
“Solutions such as our 5G-connected mobile control panel that supports also safety features, make new operating concepts possible,” said Lang. “One 5G control unit can address several machines as reliably as only wired individual units could in the past. Machines can become leaner, cheaper and easier to maintain. Rexroth also demonstrates this with the driverless transport system ActiveShuttle and a 3D printing system – both connected via 5G.”
Festo was showing its smart IoT gateway as a way to get information in the cloud fast.
"Now with 5G connectivity, we're demonstrating the new way of quick cloud access for your IoT data needs,” said Bernd Kärcher, head of development automation and control at Festo. “Festo has been involved with 5G technology since an early stage in order to be able to offer our customers useful solutions in good time."
Götting’s AGV was wandering around outside the 5G Arena at Hannover Messe, transmitting a HD video stream over a live 5G network. Alternatively, it was being teleoperated from Götting's stand over the live 5G network to demonstrate the reliability and low latency of 5G.
“This demo showcases the future of autonomous ground vehicles in factory settings, and Götting’s products are leading the way to the smart, connected network of factory vehicles in Industry 4.0,” said Thomas Neugebauer, head of development at Götting.
Herbert Wegmann, general manager at Siemens, described 5G as a “promising wireless communication technology which will open up new opportunities for the industry. Here at the Hannover Messe, we’re using a 5G connection with a mobile test device provided by Qualcomm Technologies to upload live process data to MindSphere, showcasing today’s possibilities of 5G for industry.”
And Michael Matthesius, executive vice president at Weidmüller, said: “Through 5G, real-time data can be reliably transferred to the cloud with wireless technology, as demonstrated by the crucial laser welding application in a prototype VW commercial vehicle production facility. Our IoT edge controller brings additional flexibility to the process and is complemented by the intuitive operating concept delivered by the Weidmüller industrial touch panel. 5G is making a significant contribution not only to the internet of things, but also is a significant driver of the internet of production.”