Daimler plans to install a local 5G mobile radio network for data exchange between robots and control computers in a more than 20,000 m2 area of its "Factory 56" in Sindelfingen (Germany) and - after installation by Telefónica - operate it itself. According to Daimler, the use of 5G technology enables smart production by connecting all systems and machines. With this technology, which is being used for the first time globally in a real-world production environment, the company intends to set new standards in terms of flexibility and efficiency.
The use of this technology enables the operator, the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Cars, to optimize existing production processes in its factory with new features. This includes the linking of data as well as the exact location of products and components on the assembly line. All processes are continuously optimized by the network and can be adapted to new requirements at short notice if necessary. In addition, the mobile radio standard intelligently networks machines and systems with each other in order to support the accuracy of the production process. Another reason why the company opted for a local, independently operated mobile communications network is the confidentiality of the data: sensitive production data does not run through channels that are not under the company's own control.