ICT at Mobile World Congress 2015
The MWC is the largest exhibition on mobile communication and mobile internet technology in the world. From the 2nd to the 5th of March, the profile Area ICT presented an overview and highlights of recent research projects at the official stand of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The exhibition attracted particular interest with the visit of Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economy, Energy, Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of Dusseldorf.
The projects of the profile area ICT covered a variety of topics, ranging from basic research to the development of innovative applications and products of tomorrow. On the MWC event ICT showcased the following examples of its research output:
Smart City Sensor Infrastructure
ICE Gateway presents a standardized platform enabling intelligent lighting and sensor solutions for smart city concepts. The LED-based lighting systems allow complete remote control and maintenance while ensuring maximum energy efficiency. Further, the flexible signal processing capabilities of each gateway empower Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M) and Cyber-Physical System (CPS) concepts. A core feature of the system is the innovative street traffic monitoring solution using ultrasonic sensors. This technological showcase enables live traffic information, statistics and road user classification. Backed by the computational power of ICE Gateway’s system, it offers solutions for modern urban challenges in traffic safety, parking guidance, and logistics. New commercial prospects arise with the provision of location-aware media content and tourist information. Combining all aspects, ICE Gateway improves daily life everywhere in the city.
Robotino: Autonomous Smart Helper
Facing the challenges of the upcoming ‘Industry 4.0’, where manufacturing processes will adapt flexibly to changes in the working environment, material flows must adapt as well. The desired flexibility and the interconnectedness of every shop floor entity cannot be met by conventional conveying systems. One feasible approach is to employ mobile robots. The RoboCup Logistics League serves as testbed for such future scenarios based on robots. Here, a team of mobile robots has to realize shop floor material flows within a virtual production environment. The presented Robotino robot is member of the winning team of the RoboCup 2014. The experiences from RoboCup show the feasibility of employing mobile robots for intralogistics on the shop floor.
CERM: Center for European Research on Mobility
The CERM (Center for Research on European Mobility) project aims to setup a modular environment to develop and validate systems based on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication on a real world test site at RWTH Aachen University. Communication technologies considering all relevant V2X standards are installed on a testing facility. A modular con-cept to realize different intersection types using variable dummy buildings on the test track allows analyzing the impact of V2X communication on urban traffic. Results gained from test drives are transferred to a dedicated simulation environment. Eight leading institutes from RWTH Aachen University cooperate in the interdisciplinary CERM project.
Oculus Rift: Enabling Smart Cities by Oculus Rift
Cities nowadays are faced with many challenges - a lack of living space, ecological and economical problems, much traffic and a lack of living quality. The concept of ‘Smart Cities’ offers sustainable, innovative and intelligent solutions for these problems. Realizing ‘Smart Cities’ is often connected with resources of manpower, time and costs. With the Oculus Rift, smart cities can be explored by a 3D virtual reality demonstration of the ‘Smart City’. The Oculus Rift makes it possible to discover a new and immersive type of virtual reality experience. For the future, this technology would enable people to plan, organize and simulate smart city environments. Thus, occurrence of mistakes in early stages of development can be avoided and money saved.