Industry 4.0 needs a Germany 4.0 ready for the digital future – and that is impossible unless data can be transferred virtually in real-time.
At CeBIT 2015, Vodafone showed how this vision could be a reality sooner rather than later.
The theme of CeBIT 2015 is the d!conomy - or in other words: Industry 4.0. What is Industry 4.0? It is a future project to help the industrial sector in Germany prepare itself for the future of manufacturing. Its goal is to digitize and network manufacturing technology, creating smart factories. What distinguishes smart factories from standard production facilities is their unprecedented flexibility and resource efficiency – just what a modern industrial nation like Germany needs to react appropriately and rapidly to increasingly dynamic changes in economic circumstances.
At CeBIT 2015 from March 16 to 20, the Vodafone booth in Pavilion 32 is showcasing Germany's digital activities: Fast networks, smart service, intelligent machines and, last but not least, secure communications. For instance, transfer rates up to 10 Gbit/s will be no problem in the 5G network of the future. That not only represents a new dimension in speed, it also means real-time Internet, which is essential to innovations like self-driving vehicles.
While Vodafone’s 5G network gives CeBIT visitors a glimpse into the (near) future, Voice-Over-LTE is already available today. The new technology not only guarantees crystal-clear call quality and far faster call set-up times, it also makes encrypted telephone calls possible – indispensable in an era when data privacy is more important than ever before.
E-mail communication is another area where encryption is vital. That is why Vodafone developed a secure e-mail encryption technology (Secure E-Mail) that works on both PCs and smartphones.
To learn more about Secure E-Mail, 5G and Industry 4.0, visit Vodafone in Pavilion 32 at CeBIT 2015.