Up to four very large aircrafts can park in the connected Lufthansa base at the same time, requiring very high bandwidth to manage the demand. With a capacity of more than one gigabit per second and latency times of less than ten milliseconds, the private 5G Stand Alone Standard (5G SA) network is the perfect solution. In an industry first, the private network is also completely independent from the public one, from the server and the core, to the antenna. The data also never leaves the Lufthansa base; it is processed directly on site using multi-access edge computing (MEC) that allows real-time data flow. The 5G frequencies for this project were allocated to Lufthansa Technik by the Federal Network Agency. As a service and technology partner, Vodafone supports the 5G network during both activation and operation.
During the 3-month joint 5G research project between Lufthansa Technik and Vodafone Business, Lufthansa Technik is using virtual and augmented reality to visualise the 3D design of the cabin equipment in empty aircraft fuselages on tablets or other devices. This allows the technicians on site to check the current position of all planned components and work even more precisely. In addition, they can work with the component developers in the factories using collaborative video. This was not possible before launching the campus network, as the transfer of the extensive CAD data required high bandwidths, even inside the parked aircraft.
After an evaluation of the test phase, the project is expected to be rolled out to other Lufthansa Technik divisions in the near future.
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