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Partners demonstrate a proof-of-concept of controlling industrial devices over a 5G network

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Qualcomm Technologies and Bosch Rexroth have successfully demonstrated time-sensitive networking (TSN) of industrial devices over a live 5G network.

Their proof-of-concept demo is about a set of technology standards that enables real-time communication based on precise time synchronisation, required for precise control of machinery, robots and sensors in factory automation. The addition of TSN support to the next release of the 5G standard, combined with 5G’s low-latency capabilities, will allow this precise time synchronisation to happen over wireless networks within a factory, aiding in more-flexible manufacturing.

“Time-sensitive networking is a fundamental enabling technology for industrial automation, and having the capability to run TSN over wireless 5G networks will allow for greater flexibility on the factory floor,” said Yongbin Wei, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies. “We are looking forward to demonstrating the full capabilities of 5G TSN as part of Release 16, early next year.”

Qualcomm Technologies and Bosch Rexroth share an ongoing research collaboration on 5G applications for industrial settings. At Mobile World Congress last February they presented a joint study of radio channels in industrial environments to learn how to best service the unique requirements of 21st-century factory floors.

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