29 August 2019

Research & Development update: 5G Islands

Much of the research undertaken by the DE-CIX Research & Development team forms the foundation for considering what steps to take next at DE-CIX in terms of innovation, technical developments, and products.

The research is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals and provides deeper insight into the impact of current developments, and how to take the Internet to the next level. 

How to connect 5G campus networks

The latest project, 5G Islands, focuses on 5G campus networks. There are a lot of possibilities for how to use 5G islands, and one idea is to assist factories, especially in rural areas. Automotive production facilities, for example involve a lot of sensor data, telemetric data, and a lot of data about each specific car. And there is a large amount of data amassed at the factory site. All of this data needs to be stored in a centralized manner, and 5G islands provide a way to enable the processing of that data and to satisfy the specific requirements that come with machine communication (e.g. latency and reliability requirements).

Solutions have to be found for pre-aggregating data, and for providing a safe and secure overlay network across the Internet to interconnect all the different sites and 5G islands involved in the production processes.

The project is coordinated by the Technical University Dresden and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. More information about the project and the project partners (in German) can be found here.