Düsseldorf-based Vodafone GmbH is pulling out all the stops for the new-look CEBIT 2018. Besides providing serious info on everything from the digital workplace and digital business processes to IoT and 5G, the telecoms expert is also putting on the kind of show that turns a world-leading IT trade fair like CEBIT into a fully fledged Festival for Innovation and Digitization. For instance, visitors to the Vodafone VR Dome can take a virtual journey through all the industrial revolutions - from early industrialization right through to Industry 4.0 - and discover how the Internet of Things is set to completely transform industry yet again. This captivating journey ends in spectacular fashion with a virtual shuttle flight to the moon to watch the first extraterrestrial mobile network being set up.
But that's not all. Vodafone is also giving CEBIT visitors the opportunity to operate a 30-meter construction crane remotely - from a staggering 300 kilometers away! While the controls are located right next to the d!campus at CEBIT, the "driverless" crane is far, far away, in Aldenhoven. The demonstration only works thanks to the kind of superfast mobile networks that 5G is set to bring. In the future, this cutting-edge Vodafone technology might well help overcome the lack of specially trained crane operators by enabling operators to control multiple cranes at various sites on the same day from one control center. The crane remote control system is part of the digital construction site, which Vodafone is unveiling for the first time in Hannover.