Siemens has presented the first industrial 5G router that can be used to connect local industrial applications to the public 5G network. The Siemens 5G router is named Scalance MUM856-1.
Scalance MUM856-1 is coming in 2021
The new 5G router Scalance MUM856-1 should be available in spring 2021. Thanks to the new device, users can remotely access machines, controls and other industrial applications via the public 5G network. In this way, simple remote maintenance of these applications is possible. Here, users benefit from the well-known high data rates that 5G enables.
Sinema Remote Connect, a management platform for VPN connections, also enables customers to conveniently and securely access systems or machines remotely. This even works if they are also integrated in other networks.
Growing demand for remote access
Siemens is serving a booming market with the new 5G router. In industry, the demand for solutions for remote access to machines and systems is constantly increasing. In order to overcome the usually large distances between user and machine, the public cell phone network is used. Participants can even be located in other countries and service technicians can access machines to be serviced from anywhere via mobile radio.
5G will therefore play an important role for industry – not only for private campus networks. The public 5G networks are also important for remote access and remote maintenance solutions. Therefore, a rapid 5G expansion is essential important. The new cellular standard enables significantly faster transmission rates, as is possible with UMTS and LTE. This is especially true at the edges of radio cells and in rural areas, where lower speeds are achieved in favor of larger cells. If 5G is not available, the new Scalance MUM856-1 can also use 4G and thus ensure operation without a 5G network. In addition, the device also supports integration into private local 5G campus networks. Siemens is currently testing this application in its own automotive test center in a standalone 5G test network, where driverless transport systems are connected via 5G.