Digitization and 5G, their influence on technologies and business models, and the Berlin location were the focus of the event 5G Berlin Day, held at the Smart Data Forum of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. Keynote lectures from the entire value chain provided an overview of the mobile network of the future. The event also introduced the Transfer Center 5G Testbed.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand, Executive Director of Fraunhofer HHI, officially opened the 5G Berlin Day in front of about 80 guests. In his welcome speech, he discussed the relevance that the cooperation of various areas of research has for further advancing digital transformation. Among these are the areas of 5G, Optical Fiber, Computer Vision, Video Coding and Machine Learning – all of these are also bundled under the roof of Fraunhofer HHI. It would thus be possible, Thomas Wiegand added, to realize the applications Digital Twin and Collaborative Driving as well as the Network Augmented Reality. Dr. Andreas Goerdeler, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, confirmed the importance of the cooperation from a political perspective. In addition, he declared that closing the gap between research and energy would be important to make the implementation of even time-critical applications, such as in the field of telemedicine, possible in the future.
Other lectures held by Dr. Maciej Mühleisen (Ericsson), Andrea Kunwald (Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V.), and Günther Bräutigam (KT-Elektronik) presented the technical challenges of 5G, also describing use cases for SMEs and the already successful cooperation of research and industry. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Slawomir Stanczak, Head of the department Wireless Communications and Networks at Fraunhofer HHI, then gave a presentation on additional requirements for the communication of the future. Dr.-Ing. Richard Weiler, Project Manager at Fraunhofer HHI and head of the Transfer Center 5G Testbed, introduced the Berlin Center for Digital Transformation and the 5G Testbed. In a panel discussion facilitated by Dr.-Ing. Kim Mahler, Project Manager at Fraunhofer HHI, the lecturers answered questions from the audience. Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the topic of 5G in guided tours through the 5G Testbed and in live demonstrations. Info stands on other topics related to the topic of digital networking also gave further insight into the work of Fraunhofer HHI.
Transfer Center 5G Testbed
The Transfer Center 5G Testbed integrates ongoing research and development efforts for the further development of 5th generation mobile communications into early trials with mobile communication industry partners. This makes it an important contact point for national and international research projects as well as preliminary product development studies, and a test center for 5th generation mobile communications product testing. The Transfer Center offers training as well as user and application-oriented workshops on technical details of 5G to regional and cross-regional industrial enterprises. Select hardware is also available in the 5G Testbed as an open test platform in order to conduct specific practical tests on technology components and applications. The Transfer Center serves as a link that closes the gap between research and industrial enterprises. Already today, the 5G Berlin Testbed is an integral component in international projects within the H2020-5GPPP framework, e.g. Millimeter-Magic, Fantastic-5G, 5G-Crosshaul, Carisma, as well as in EU-Asian Projects MiWEBA, STRAUSS, 5G-MiEdge, 5G-Pagoda (EU-Japan) and 5G-CHAMPION (EU-Korea). Thereby the Transfer Center 5G Testbed can lean on a solid base of 5G-ready-infrastructur (5G-Berlin) and a number of 5G-reseach projects, in order to transfer, together with partners the services to the real world.