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On its own wavelength

5G data transmission is regarded as the foundation for the next generation of digital technologies. Now the ropeless MULTI elevator on the elevator test tower can use its own frequency range of the data standard - and makes its cabins 5G-capable. explains the background.
Futurologists are certain that the fifth generation technology standard for 5G mobile networks will digitalize many areas of life. Its low response time during transmission (latency), the so-called network slicing, which provides the required network capacities on demand and application-specific, and transmission speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second open up countless new possibilities:

Automated production processes, autonomous driving, billions of devices communicating with each other in real time. The new standard is already being gradually introduced worldwide. Last year, South Korea was the first country to put a nationwide 5G network into operation, and countries around the world are following in its footsteps.

MULTI will now also benefit from this. MULTI has acquired its own piece of 5G network at the test tower for elevator innovations in Rottweil. For more than ten years a frequency range of 3700-3800 mHz in the tower can be used exclusively for the MULTI.

When the licences for frequency use were auctioned off in Germany last year, a frequency range was reserved for research institutions and companies, which could be applied for at the national German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). The MULTI team immediately applied for it and was awarded the contract.

But it is not only the local employees who benefit from this. "The 5G standard opens up countless possibilities for machine-to-machine networking of the MULTI with the smart buildings of the future," explains project manager Daniel Bauer, who is overseeing the testing and certification process of the world's first sideways moving magnetic elevator in the test tower. Bauer has been working on the MULTI project as Senior System Architect for around five years.

The possibilities of 5G inspire the team to ask exciting questions: How can the waiting times of passengers in a building be reduced by smart cabin control? How could visitor flows be better registered and utilized? Which groundbreaking multimedia formats can turn a ride in the MULTI cabin into a unique experience?

But first of all, we will work on the basics. "The first step for us in the test tower is currently to equip our test cabins with 5G," explains Daniel Bauer. "We will then use this environment to test a wide variety of digitalized solutions and communication paths for the elevator cabins together with partners from the digital industry".

What else will emerge from the think tank in Rottweil in the future? The next milestones have already been set: In the coming months, concepts for the various requirements will be developed together with strategic partners and these will be tested and verified in interaction with MULTI. will keep you informed.

You would like to learn more about the possibilities of 5G? Read this article on URBAN HUB.