Rohde & Schwarz has established a 5G campus network to leverage the possibilities and advantages of Industry 4.0 at its plant in Teisnach, Germany. The industrial-grade private 5G network infrastructure is based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC).
Both companies will participate in the testing of the 5G campus network using Rohde & Schwarz network testing equipment to optimize their operation and performance. Gaining experience and valuable insights into private 5G network operation in its plant, and how to optimize deployment, was a major driver behind this project for Rohde & Schwarz.
The capacity, reactivity and flexibility of 5G enables various new real-time use cases, including private wireless networks for smart factories. With 5G use cases creating demanding requirements for coverage, latency, and reliability, deployment can pose challenges for network planners and operators.
As Rohde & Schwarz provides a wide portfolio of wireless network testing solutions addressing Industry 4.0 use cases, it has initiated its campus network, in preparation for the development of smart factories. This allows Rohde & Schwarz to optimize production processes and to validate its network testing solutions first hand.
Following the installation of this 5G campus network at the Teisnach plant, Rohde & Schwarz is gaining valuable insights into testing 5G coverage, capacity and configuration parameters in a real factory environment. Rohde & Schwarz will apply findings from this pioneering project to improving its test equipment portfolio and to support customers rolling out and optimizing their campus networks.
Additionally, the company is preparing its production facility for the future by paving the way for Industry 4.0 features such as automated guided vehicles (AGV) and advanced robotics.
Rohde & Schwarz’s mobile network testing provides the necessary tools for each of these phases. Accurate and insightful testing to prepare, deploy and operate smart factories enables faster rollout, efficient use of network resources and awareness of issues before they become critical.