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10-01-2022 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

Porsche and Ericsson Test 5G in Production

Patrick Schäfer
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Porsche has started up a 5G research network with Ericsson at its Leipzig plant. The private network enables the transmission of signals in real time and is initially being tested in the body shop.                                                                   

To explore possibilities for automotive production of the future, sports car manufacturer Porsche has put a 5G research network into operation at its Leipzig (Germany) plant. The private network, set up jointly with mobile communications provider Ericsson, is based on the same technology used in commercial networks. Among other things, the 5G network is to be used to flexibly test other systems in the production context of car body construction.

"The 5G test operation is an important step by the plant towards the production of the future. The pilot area in the Macan body shop offers an excellent opportunity to test use cases in the production environment," says Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH. In a first use case, process devices on a robot are controlled via 5G rather than cables. A 5G network is already in use at the Porsche development center in Weissach (Germany).

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