The german “Bundesnetzagentur” approved the application for a company-owned 5G network from LSU Schäberle at the beginning of April 2020. This makes the company the first logistics service provider in Germany with its own 5G license. “As a logistics specialist for hazardous materials, safety and a high level of transparency in our complex logistics processes are essential. The new mobile phone standard helps us to guarantee these requirements,” says Thomas Schäberle, CEO of LSU Schäberle.
High data rate, short reaction time
The advantages are obvious: With your own 5G network, we can not only transmit larger amounts of data, the new mobile phone standard also reacts much faster. This enables data to be transmitted almost in real time. “This gives us the opportunity to drive technological changes forward,” explains Schäberle. The high data transmission rate within the 5G network guarantees, among other things, smooth processes within the supply and process chain and is thus a prerequisite for automating operating procedures accordingly.
Automating and digitizing operating processes
The planned 5G campus network is intended to mobilize and automate large areas within operational processes. A new logistics warehouse especially for hazardous materials, which will be completed in July 2021, can now benefit from the diverse possibilities offered by “private LTE/5G technology” even during the planning phase. “We have the ambition to build one of the most modern and innovative hazardous materials warehouses in Germany,” Schäberle emphasizes.
Innovative use cases planned with 5G
In the future, industrial trucks such as forklifts will have mobile access to servers and databases via the 5G campus network, so that processes within LSU Schäberle’s extensive logistics warehouses can be digitized to a large extent. In addition, the company’s own 5G technology offers numerous possibilities for autonomous picking processes. As further planned use cases, LSU Schäberle is aiming for autonomous industrial forklift trucks, especially hi-rackers and fully an automated yard management system, as well as comprehensive and high-resolution video surveillance, state-of-the-art access control and digital facility management. “In this way, 5G provides real added value for the company and, of course, for our customers,” says the CEO, underlining his decision to invest in the 5G network at an early stage.
“In addition, our own 5G campus network will make us independent of the major mobile and telecommunications providers, giving us a greater degree of control over our data and making us more independent of any potential incidents,” concludes Thomas Schäberle.