3 tips for your communication network 4.0

Reliable communication networks are the backbone for Industry 4.0. Are your networks ready for these new requirements? Network expert Peter Dorfinger from Salzburg Research reveals what you should consider.

Software, hardware and network specifications must work together hand in hand. These three tips will help you to avoid problems in the integration process, unplanned downtime or difficulties in the future:

Tip No. 1

With wireless networks, especially networks in shared frequency ranges such as WLAN come to their limits. In critical areas of use, you should pay attention to exclusive frequency ranges. A dedicated spectrum, as used in 5G, can help.

Tip no. 2

Free yourself from vendor dependencies and rigidity in your real-time networks. Look for Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) in new investments – this will allow you to be vendor independent and be open and flexible for the future.

Tip no. 3

Classic communication networks quickly reach their limits in flexible production. You can create increased flexibility in communication by using software-defined networks (SDN). These enable the highest flexibility and you are thus prepared for the future.

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