The word on the street is it’'s the next big all-singing, all-dancing thing - but the 5G mobile wireless standard is still a fairly abstract concept. The companies and institutions working on it still need to sound out how and where it can be used and develop applications. The Port of Hamburg is one of two test environments in Europe and is specially geared toward industrial requirements. Together with partners Deutsche Telekom and Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Nokia Bell Labs is investigating how the upcoming mobile technology could be developed and used in the sprawling port area. The main aim of the Hamburg research project is to gather experience with 5G network slicing in a true-to-life environment.
Specific applications include traffic light controls, real-time environmental measurement data and virtual reality. The test network is served by an antenna on the Heinrich-Hertz Tower and is intended first and foremost to provide an insight into whether these applications, which have very different requirements for data transmission, can function reliably in a single network. This will be the first time network slices - a type of virtual network - have been used under live industrial conditions in Germany. The slices enable networks to adapt dynamically and flexibly to the needs of different applications. "The 5G field trial in the Port of Hamburg is thrusting open the door to a new world of business applications, with the potential to drive change in many areas," said Peter Merz, Head of End-to-End Mobile Network Solutions at Nokia Bell Labs, when the trial was launched.
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