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Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia Awards Over € 3 Million in Funding

Collaborative Research on 5G at TU Dortmund University

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Gabriele Sadowski, Andreas Pinkwart and Christian Wietfeld holding an open folder with a dlocument in their hands. © MWIDE NRW
Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the grant agreement for the 5G research project to Professor Gabriele Sadowski and Professor Christian Wietfeld (right).

5G, the new generation of mobile communication, will trigger a tremendous boost in innovative products and services. The aim of the new research project “Competence Center 5G.NRW” (CC5G.NRW) is to help North Rhine-Westphalia position itself as a lead market for 5G. To this purpose, the federal state is providing funding amounting to € 3.3 million for a period of three years, of which € 1.2 million have been allocated to TU Dortmund University.

In the framework of the research project, TU Dortmund University is responsible for setting up and operating a flexible, experimental 5G platform that also makes it possible to put into practice innovative 5G demonstrators in companies “on site” in a unique way. At the handing over of the grant agreement by Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Professor Christian Wietfeld emphasized that “apart from the high bandwidths, the focus lies in particular on fulfilling quality guarantees for reliable and highly scalable communication by means of 5G network slicing.”

“Bridge between basic research and innovative application scenarios”

The team of researchers in Dortmund is examining the use of the 5G frequencies recently auctioned and will additionally test, using innovative, dynamic tracking antennas, mobile gigabit transmission at 26 GHz in the 5G frequency range yet to be exploited. Professor Gabriele Sadowski, Prorector Research at TU Dortmund University, is very pleased that “with the Competence Center 5G.NRW a bridge can be built between basic research in the framework of Collaborative Research Centre 876 of the German Research Foundation in Dortmund and innovative 5G application scenarios in local enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia”.

Four partners are responsible for the Competence Center 5G.NRW: SIKoM+, the research institute for information, communication and media technology at the University of Wuppertal (BUW), heads the consortium, which alongside TU Dortmund University comprises the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and the FIR Institute at RWTH Aachen University. This potent consortium wants to accelerate the introduction of 5G technology in order to check its strengths as well as its weaknesses in practice. The aim is to derive realistic recommendations for its use and help optimize systems.

Use of 5G important for increasing industrial digitalization

The 5G mobile communication standard will provide the necessary network and data transmission quality, speed and capacity demanded by increasing industrial digitalization. It will facilitate applications such as autonomous vehicles, remote robotic surgery and augmented reality support in maintenance and repair situations and provide for their continuous improvement. The Competence Center 5G.NRW research project will lower technical thresholds for companies, foster economic potential in the vertical markets – such as automotive and mobility, energy, food and agriculture, smart cities, healthcare and production and many more – and accelerate innovation. Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the grant agreement to members of the project consortium on 17 June 2019.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".

Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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