The ongoing development of communication requires networks which are not only faster, but also robust and secure. Research is being carried out here on wired solutions and also on the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G) which aims to supersede LTE and achieve speeds exceeding 1 Gbit/s.
In addition to higher transmission speeds, this should also pave the way for such concepts as the Internet of Things. The objective is to achieve an increase in capacity and guarantee real-time capability in the millisecond range. The ZDKI research programme (see page 18) is drawing up basic wireless principles for industrial applications and will be able to contribute these to the 5G development.
A further aim is to put people first, as reflected in the keyword 'Tactile Internet'. Tactile Internet denotes a reaction time of a few milliseconds which is indiscernible to humans. The Tactile Internet could help areas such as telemedicine or autonomous driving gain significant market relevance within a few years. An overview of the future potential is provided in the VDE position paper of the same name.
In addition to the European 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP), in which over 800 companies are investing in research along with the European Commission, there are numerous other national and European research projects. ETSI is also participating here as an associate member and as one of the three European standardization organizations recognized by the EU Commission. Relevant standards need to be developed in the coming years to bring the technology to market readiness. The DKE is already involved in numerous research projects aimed at incorporating future application requirements into 5G technology. Further information can be found on the DKE Innovation Platform .