- Industry 4.0 applications deployed at industrial technology testbed.
- DT’s campus 5G portfolio continues to grow.
IT services provider Accenture is trialling campus network technology with Deutsche Telekom (DT) at its Industry X.0 Innovation Centre (Industry X) located in Essen’s Zollverein colliery complex, Germany.
DT’s Senior Vice-President for 5G Campus Networks Antje Williams flagged DT’s involvement on LinkedIn following a recent Accenture‑hosted 5G for industry - from vision to implementation event held at the same location.
Accenture’s Head of the Industry X.0 Innovation Centre Johannes Greß — again via LinkedIn — posted images of the event, one of which suggests the campus network (which is described as a “smart plant”) is leveraging 5G connectivity to test drone technology, while piloting Internet of Things, augmented reality (AR), automation, and data analytics solutions to optimise operational efficiency in an industrial setting.
The Industry X lab is a testbed for disruptive technology, from proof-of-concept, to leveraging 3D-printing and AR to simulate potential uses, design and testing, all the way to incubation and rollout. Accenture holds a network of Industry X labs across the globe, with footing in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, across the Middle East and North America. Incidentally, there is another Industry X site based in Garching, near Munich, including a 5G campus network (with a go-to-market focus) supported by infrastructure vendor Nokia.
The Accenture-DT collaboration adds to DT’s growing list of public campus network deployments across Europe (with technology provider Ericsson as its strategic partner (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93, #97, #98, and passim).
Conversely Accenture, by making its 5G allocation public, joins a growing list of businesses acquiring their own spectrum following Germany’s liberation of localised, mid-band (3.7GHz/3.8GHz) rights for agricultural, industrial, research organisations. Regulator Bundesnetzagentur highlighted in October 2020 that it had approved just under 95% of local 5G network applications as of 21 September 2020 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93 and #98).
|Source: DT; DeutscheTelekomwatch.|