IRL Dresden and Rohde & Schwarz team up on wireless Industry 4.0

March 08, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IRL Dresden and Rohde & Schwarz team up on wireless Industry 4.0
IRL Dresden to use Rohde & Schwarz high performance network scanners to explore reliable and resilient wireless technologies for industrial applications.

Dedicated to researching and testing radio systems for industrial applications, Industrial Radio Lab (IRL) Dresden using high performance network scanners from Rohde & Schwarz for distributed real-time radio spectrum and interference monitoring. With this application, the researchers gather important data on how to detect, locate and prevent interference and to keep a local spectrum band clear for reliable wireless connectivity.

In order to realize Industry 4.0 use cases such as mobile robots or automated guided vehicles, industrial network deployments must guarantee very high availability, reliability, and in many cases low latency communications. 5G NR technology including its latest enhancements specified in 3GPP Release 16 enables ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), ideal for private campus network deployments. However, as with any wireless system, the communication link is subject to potential interference on the deployed spectrum bands, which is the focus research by IRL Dresden.

IRL Dresden is one of the four regional labs of the Industrial Radio Lab Germany (IRLG) that engages in research and development of current and future wireless technologies in industry. The IRLG creates innovations, supports companies, and collaborates with stakeholders in economy and politics to ensure knowledge transfer towards a digital society. IRL Dresden has a particular focus on detection, localization, and mitigation of interference and improving network resilience through real-time measurements of time-variant channels and cooperative spectrum sensing.

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