On December 10, the innovative technological company CEIT, a.s. together with the largest Slovak multimedia operator Slovak Telekom announced a joint project to build a 5G private campus network on the premises of the CEIT Research and Development Centre in Zilina. CEIT will be the first in Slovakia to be able to use its own 5G local private wireless network, which operates independently of the public mobile network and is adapted to the individual needs of the company and the principles of Industry 4.0.
As part of its long-term strategy to developing the concept of the Digital Enterprise, CEIT plans to use the 5G network to advance technological and process innovations for logistics and production systems, artificial intelligence, and their practical use in industry to achieve higher productivity, optimization and digitization.
The application of 5G technology will bring industrial companies wider possibilities of high degree of automation, including mutual communication of industrial modules, their coordination and centralized control with immediate response time. The 5G network will also enable remote control of machines and mobile production and logistics equipment as well as their diagnostics using virtual and augmented reality, or their remote maintenance. In the field of logistics, the 5G network can provide advanced monitoring of material transfer in real time, optimization of logistics flows and the possibility of diagnostics and visualization of logistics routes and equipment remotely with the help of virtual reality. Dramatic progress can also be made in the advancement of artificial intelligence, especially in segments whose development has been impaired by a lack of data and a low speed of digitization. In addition, 5G technology ensures the immediate response of AI algorithms and the connection of a large number of new devices, which previously could only be connected with great difficulty.
An irreplaceable advantage of 5G technology in services is the simplification of access to real-time data for end users, customers, or suppliers. It will provide healthcare with the opportunity to use remote support for patient diagnosis through "live" broadcasting directly to the outpatient clinic and hospital, or tele-medicine using augmented reality. In addition, proactive maintenance of medical devices will prevent their faulty conditions. Deployment of 5G technology in energy sector would represent an increase in work safety, such as remote monitoring and control of equipment in real time, where the main benefit can be an increase in work safety.
"I consider the networks of the fifth generation to be an evolution that makes a true revolution possible," explains Ing. Peter Macus, PhD., Chief Technology Officer of CEIT. "Data is the basis of every progress. It is possible to change processes, companies or society mainly based on data. The construction of the 5G campus is the result of CEIT's many years of efforts to research and develop new approaches in technical innovation as well as in the digitization of processes. I believe that CEIT together with Telekom will move accelerate Slovakia on the path to a technological revolution with the help of this evolution,” adds Peter Macus.
“We are very pleased to build the first 5G campus network for CEIT, which brings innovations in the field of industrial automation. Together, we open up new opportunities for the digitization of Slovakia and I believe that we will help develop the potential of Slovak companies. The rapid adaptation of fifth generation networks will enable Slovakia to start the digital economy and gain an edge and competitive advantage in the global market,” Dusan Svalek, Director of Slovak Telekom in Slovakia.
Advantages of the 5G campus network
The campus network is a local private wireless network that operates independently of the public mobile network, is tailored to individual needs for specific applications and meets current but especially future requirements in the field of Industry 4.0. The advantage of the campus network is that it provides the ability to use only selected devices within the campus, which increases the level of security and control. This network can also be adapted or combined with public networks. The goal of campus networks is to provide companies with the opportunity to use modern digital communication technologies with the support of 5G wireless networks to streamline their work, production, and operational processes. By using private 5G campus networks, industrial enterprises will also gain high security, reliability, high data rates with low network latency as well as the ability to connect a huge number of devices to the network. The combination of 5G technology and a private campus network brings revolutionary digitization opportunities in manufacturing industries as well as in logistics, healthcare, trade, and many others.