Smart Mobile Labs AG (opens in new tab) has won the tender to supply Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (opens in new tab) (TUK) with five campus 5G networks, which will be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, as part of the 5G-Kaiserslautern project.
In what will initially be a three-year deal to supply the necessary network infrastructure, Nokia will provide TUK with 5G SA connectivity, which it says will enable development of new 5G research, and enable the testing of new 5G use cases across the university.
“Deployment of our own 5G private wireless network creates a controlled environment in which our researchers can explore 5G’s ability to unleash new applications and use cases,” said Professor Dr Hans Schotten, 5G-Kaiserslautern coordinator at TUK. “Areas of particular interest include industrial automation and logistics, construction, and agriculture. The networks will also be applied to existing university-based research projects, as well as technology platform and software development. These efforts will be carried out both independently and in collaboration with a range of other stakeholders and industry partners.”
Next-gen 5G private network
The new 5G (SA) private network will be deployed across the Kaiserslautern campus, which includes the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI as well as the research farm ‘Hofgut Neumühle’.
“Smart Mobile Labs will provide TUK with the installation, operations and application integration work of the first true 5G standalone Nokia DAC campus network in Germany,” said Rüdiger Hnyk, chief product officer at Smart Mobile Labs AG. “This next-generation private wireless network will be the basis for many future use cases such as self-driving cars, drone control and real-time video applications for logistics and mobility services, as well as production and agriculture scenarios.”
Smart Mobile Labs is the largest 5G system integrator in Germany, and will roll-out the new industrial-grade 5G network via Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC (opens in new tab)), a digital automation service platform that enables edge-computing, with on-premise data management and processing.
“As one of the leading research organizations in Germany with a strong track record in 5G development, TUK’s investment in Nokia’s 5G Digital Automation Cloud – deployed in partnership with Smart Mobile Labs – illustrates its commitment to research excellence,” said Raghav Sahgal, president at Nokia Enterprise. “Today’s announcement extends a long-standing relationship with TUK, which has seen close co-operation with Nokia Bell Labs on Smart Factories and industry applications made possible with 5G.”