Conference

Evolution, revolution or disruption? Even if the significance of digitalization cannot yet be conclusively assessed, it is already clear today that internet technologies and — as a result, the networking of machines, systems and devices — will have a massive impact on tomorrow’s world.

Objective

Engineers and designers of mobile machines, plants and devices face the challenge of integrating communication technologies such as 5G into their products. This requires not only know-how in network and radio technology, but also the ability to keep an eye on the wide range of applications. Last but not least, the resulting complex systems must be reliably tested and validated —  5G in particular poses additional challenges with even more possibilities.

The 5G CMM EXPO & Conference provides product developers with comprehensive information about suppliers and components for the development of mobile machines, systems and devices in general, including the communication systems required for mobile machines. Roughly 40 hours of conference program, more than 50 international speakers and 3,000 international participants leave no question unanswered.

Key topics

In accordance with the objectives, visitors at the 5G CMM EXPO & Conference will find answers to all questions regarding communications technology (in particular 5G and the campus networks that are now possible) in the morning (horizontally). The afternoons feature detailed technology presentations (vertically) that address concrete applications and all aspects of the design and development of mobile machines, systems and devices.

Below you will find a list and detailed description of our conference topics.

Lectures in plenum

System design and development of mobile machinery, vehicles and equipment

5G is primarily used for communication and networking between machines. This means that primarily industrial and production applications benefit from 5G. But machines and robots that can handle 5G are still in short supply at the moment and will initially be used in large companies. Only when sufficient 5G-capable devices for industrial applications and ready-made solutions for different areas of application are available will 5G become interesting for medium-sized companies. How fast is the technical development? Where are the challenges, risks and opportunities? And what are the latest developments for autonomous and semi-autonomous systems for industry?

 

New business models / Eco-Systems
In combination with powerful network technologies, mobile machines, systems and devices open up the possibility of setting up digitally controlled eco-systems. This forms the basis for many new business models that go far beyond the pay-per-use approach. In addition, sensors and data analytics make it possible to learn more about specific applications and thus adapt the ‘mobile machine’ product ever better to the respective requirements – naturally in compliance with all data protection regulations.
Network Technology / Campus Networks

Campus networks are a special feature that is being introduced with 5G technology. Now, for example, companies can also set up their own 5G network, i.e., a campus network for defined, locally delimited locations. They make sense when many machines are networked with each other and communicate autonomously (or partially autonomously) with each other. However, the systems themselves also place demands on the communication infrastructure of the campus networks. Is the existing software upgradeable or is new software required? What role does hardware play? And are there compatible solutions for everyone or do we need individual solutions?

Interoperability of networks and systems
Since 2019 there are the first campus networks for 5G. However, we are still a long way from a comprehensive introduction. Autonomous and semi-autonomous systems will have to use different communication options in the future, from WLAN to all mobile radio standards to 5G. This requires that these systems be able to seamlessly switch from one communication standard or network to another. In addition, the security of the systems and their environment must not be jeopardized by upcoming release changes.
Safety & Security

Security is generally a fundamental factor for mobile applications. The use of 5G in vertical markets will lead to life and business critical applications. Major attacks can occur from all sides, even from your own network, once a botnet has been installed. The increasing number of networked machines, systems and devices not only results in more intrusion gates for attacks, but also more far-reaching risks both in terms of machine security (safety) and malicious attacks (security). The focus is on where we are in development and above all the question of who is ultimately responsible: manufacturer, network operator and/or user?

Law & Regulation

With the availability of 5G-capable machines and plants, we are on the threshold of a mass market for autonomous and partially autonomous systems. The prerequisites for this are worldwide technical standards and norms. But legislation and politics are also required. The new technologies and, in particular, the use of autonomous systems in public spaces raise legal questions. Challenging questions include: Who decides in an emergency, the system or the operator of the system? Where do we currently stand with legislation? What does the future hold? And can there be an internationally compliant legal framework?

Technical lectures (Breakout Sessions)

Autonomous Mobility

Get on board, specify your destination and relax while you work or simply listen to music; almost everyone knows this vision of the automotive future. In the background is the fact that there are numerous possible applications for autonomously controlled vehicles — on land, on water and in the air. In operational logistics alone, autonomously operating industrial trucks, barges and flying drones will find a broad field of application in the future. In addition, mobile helpers make it easier for people to work in disaster control, when handling mobile machines or when building the Smart City.

Autonomous mobile machines
Road and tunnel construction as well as forestry are no longer conceivable without ultra-modern mobile machines. It is obvious that this work can only be carried out in a well coordinated manner – which in turn requires good communication. This applies both to the control of the work processes themselves and to the coordination with other machines and the infrastructure. The sensors on board also provide a wealth of data that can be used to optimize energy and resource consumption and, above all, to ensure and improve quality. It goes without saying that external boundary conditions such as weather data can also be taken into account in an industry 4.0 scenario.
Service logistics

For online retailers such as Amazon, the fastest route to the customer is the top priority. Consequently, the company is already testing delivery by drone. Flying opens up numerous new transport routes in the third dimension — a tempting idea in view of the traffic jams that have become standard on the roads. Other service providers are likely to follow suit. Rivers and canals can also play an important role as far as autonomous ships go in the future. For example, Berlin could largely be supplied by water — road users would certainly have no objections.

Smart Manufacturing
Under the buzzword Industry 4.0, specialists from a wide range of disciplines work together to produce customer-specific products down to batch size 1 under the economic conditions of series production. The key to this lies above all in the combination of the previously separate worlds of production technology in the factories (Operational Technology – OT) and the controlling software systems (Information Technology – IT). Wireless data transmission is therefore of great importance, especially when processes can be integrated and networked beyond the factory gates.
Smart City

Communication is everything, especially in the megacities of the future where supply and disposal are of great importance in addition to transport. New mobility concepts not only improve the quality of life, they also reduce energy consumption and pollution. The prerequisite for this is communication between individual road users and the infrastructure. The same applies to numerous other processes that can be carried out in a more demand-oriented and thus more resource-conserving way, for example, if energy consumption or waste quantities can be recorded more precisely.

Smart Farming
We have become accustomed to a high level of food security – but it is not a matter of course. Persistent summer heat may improve the quality of life for many, but agriculture poses major problems. The fact that we still do not stand in front of empty shelves is due to sophisticated agriculture 4.0. Taking into account weather forecasts and individual growing conditions, nutrients are applied in a targeted manner so that the harvest is as abundant as possible. The harvest itself has also long been a well thought-out production process in which the machines, which will operate autonomously in the future, work together in a coordinated manner.
Authorities and organizations for security tasks (BOS)

We all rely on getting help when the going gets tough. A look at disaster control shows, however, that helpers often take a high risk themselves. Autonomously operating vehicles can play an important role here — initially in reconnaissance, but subsequently also in rescue tasks themselves — and thus reduce the risk of the rescue forces. This applies to both flying drones and all-terrain land vehicles. The police can also perform many of their tasks more easily and efficiently in this way.