Application- and requirement analysis finished

On the 30.11.201 a plenary meeting for the first project milestone took place in Munich. That concluded the use case and industrial requirement analysis. Those are now added to the 3GPP-standardisation, such that the technical work packages can start with the own tasks.


Project start

14 German companies and organizations have combined forces in TACNET 4.0 - Tactile Internet, a project to create a standard system for real time industrial communications. The so called "tactile internet," based on 5G wireless technology, is being further developed with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in this project for the digitalization of production and robotics. Focusing on the needs of the market, the project serves as a basis for a wide range of industrial applications.

14 partners and a 3-year term In addition to DFKI and Nokia Bell Labs, the TACNET consortium includes ABB Research Center, Ascora GmbH, Robert Bosch, CommSolid, Götting KG, Institute of Industrial IT (inIT) of the OWL University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo, MECSware, NXP Semiconductors Germany, OTARIS Interactive Services, University of Dresden (Vodafone Chair of Mobile Communication Systems and the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks), University of Bremen as well as associated partners: BASF, Busch-Jaeger, Hirschmann Automation and Control, Innoroute, Phoenix Contact Electronics, Vodafone Germany, VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), and iIt’s OWLowl (it’s OWLowl stands for Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe).

About the project TACNET 4.0

The overall goal of TACNET 4.0 is the development of a unified industrial 5G communication system that integrates 5G networks and industrial communication networks. For this purpose, 5G concepts with innovative industry-specific approaches, cross-network adaptation mechanisms and open interfaces between industrial and mobile radio systems are developed.

  • Remote control of mobile machines or robots
  • Support of workers by experts at other locations with Augmented Reality
  • Support for automated guided transport vehicles
  • Control and management of industrial communication networks
  • Efficient use of spectrum resources for highly reliable communication

In order to achieve the overall goal of a uniform, application-optimized 5G industrial communication system, TACNET 4.0 innovations are divided into different fields
  • Network Control Mechanisms for Industry 4.0 Scenarios
  • Industrial edge architectures for real-time critical applications
  • EDevelopment of an industrial 5G radio access concept
  • Security architecture through a closed-meshed hardware / software co-design

Successful digitization in industry requires efficient networking of factories, media- interruptions- free networking of factories, products and services. The 5G technology offers concepts that will enable the TACNET 4.0 project to develop efficient solutions for the manufacturing industry. This includes points such as network slicing, the used frequency spectrum, edge cloud concepts, device-2-x communication and many more.

We strive for a uniform solution for all industrial applications:
  • Industrial Edge Cloud
  • Network-Slicing
  • Network Resiliency (Process- automation)
  • Real-Time capability (Motion Control, robotics, …)
  • High bandwidth (HMI with Augmented Reality, industrial inspection)
  • Mobility support and localization, D2D
  • Specific security concepts (especially authenticity, integrity, liability)
  • Network and spectrum management
  • Open interfaces between 5G mobile radio and industrial networks

Work packages


Application and requirements analysis

Specification of requirements, product functionalities, validation methods, performance indicators, demonstrator scenarios.


System architecture and interfaces

Analysis of architectural models, concepts for industry 4.0. The overall architecture model and the security architecture, including interfaces, are specified for this purpose.


5G Technologies for Industry 4.0

Selection, use and resource allocation for air interfaces in industry 4.0 scenarios. Concepts for industrial spectrum monitoring and management, as well as small-cell networks for industrial environments and device-to-x communication.


Edge Cloud Concepts for Industry 4.0

Efficient integration of core network functions, as well as interfaces between wireless access and fixed-line network communication and, in addition, the distribution of automation solutions with various real-time requirements with guaranteed network security.


Network control, QoS management, and network slicing

Software architecture of a modular network control for the extension of the control functions by the automation system incl. QoS frame structure and network-wide network slices.


Integration, evaluation, valuation, demonstration

Holistic evaluation using the results of all work packages.


TACNET 4.0 will develop a broadly applicable concept to prevent malicious heterogeneity of the solutions and the risk of market fragmentation. Supported are, as far as possible, comprehensive scenarios in the process and production automation.

Remote control of production facilities and remote monitoring

Remote control of production facilities and remote monitoring of large industrial building complexes.

New concepts for the linking of products

New concepts for linking products to services that require networking of products throughout their complete life cycle, regardless of where they are used.

Remote control of mobile machines or robots

The remote control of mobile machines or robots, for example being used in hazardous working environments or in scenarios where currently unavailable personnel would be necessary.

Support for automated guided transport vehicles

Support for automated guided transport vehicles by relocating the mobility management and control procedures to the local Edge Cloud and thus their implementation in the edge network architecture.

Remote assistance of workers and access to spectrum resources

The remote assistance of workers by experts at other locations using Augmented Reality or other video-based systems and in addition, the access to spectrum resources (also in licensed bands), enabling highly reliable radio connections in industrial scenarios.

Control and management of industrial communications networks by third parties

Management and management of industrial communications networks by third parties ("managed services"), to enable even smaller companies without their own IT departments to provide the most modern networking solutions.

Associated partners and cooperating associations


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ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a more than 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.


Ascora GmbH

Ascora GmbH is an SME based in northern Germany. Ascora is developing and selling software as an Independent Software Vendor with products that are used around the world. Ascora is one of the leading providers of software apps in Germany with more than 8 Mio users and more than 2.8 active newsletter subscribers; applications include desktop applications as well as web and mobile apps.

Ascora has broad experience in creating scalable systems including scalable data management with experience in the big data domain. Because of its large user base, servers of Ascora currently manage between 100 and 150 Mio messages/month.

As a fast-growing company, Ascora has been awarded by Deloitte with the Technology Fast 50 Award for Germany in 2016.

Ascora is involved in several projects within the research and innovation domain including where Ascora cooperates with companies and researchers from many European countries. Ascora has broad expertise in realizing personalized applications with a strong focus for creating fully adaptive solutions based on service oriented architectures and distributed system integration.


Robert Bosch GmbH

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at roughly 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life."

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.


CommSolid GmbH

CommSolid is the cellular IP company providing leading edge ultra-low power solutions for the growing IoT market. This market demands highly optimized and easy-to-integrate communication solutions for the NarrowBand-IoT standard, allowing every sensor to be directly connected to the Internet. Once integrated into customer integrated circuits (ICs), CommSolid's baseband Intellectual Property (IP) enables smart applications that modernize and enrich our life in areas like health care, smart home, transport, logistic systems and industrial applications. Leveraging the experience of more than a decade at the forefront of the wireless communication business, CommSolid has unique capabilities to handle high volume and extremely integrated low power solutions.


DFKI — Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, with sites in Kaiserslautern, Saarbr¸cken, Bremen (with an associated branch in Osnabr¸ck) and a project office in Berlin, is the leading German research institute in the field of innovative software technology. In the international scientific community, DFKI ranks among the most recognized "Centers of Excellence" and currently is the biggest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. The financial budget in 2015 was 42,5 million Euro. DFKI projects cover the whole spectrum from application-oriented basic research to market- and client-oriented design of product functions. Currently more than 478 employees from 60 countries are conducting research focusing on Knowledge Management, Cyber-Physical Systems, Multilingual Technologies, Plan-Based Robot Control, Robotics Innovation Center, Innovative Retail Laboratory, Institute for Information Systems, Embedded Intelligence, Smart Service Engineering, Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data, Intelligent Networks, Agents and Simulated Reality, Augmented Vision, Language Technology, Intelligent User interfaces, Innovative Factory Systems. Impact: more than 98 professorships of former DFKI employees, and 70 spin-off companies with approximately 2,500 highly qualified jobs.


Götting KG

Die Firma Götting KG entwickelt und produziert seit 1965 Sensoren, Bahnplanungs- und Navigationssoftware zur Lokalisierung und Spurführung von Fahrerlosen Transport-Fahrzeugen (FTF) und Datenfunk-Systeme. Nach eigener Einschätzung haben wir weltweit das umfangreichste Programm an diesen Komponenten für den Bereich FTF. Weitere Schwerpunkte sind die HF-Messtechnik, allgemeine Funktechnik und kundenspezifische Entwicklungen.


inIT - Institut für industrielle Informationstechnik

The Institute Industrial IT (inIT) is a nationally and internationally recognized and application-oriented research institute at the OWL University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe) in Lemgo with more than 60 researchers. The inIT was founded in 2007 and was from the beginning involved in the interdisciplinary industrial informatics research. From 2009, inIT, together with the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and five high-tech companies in the field of industrial communication, established the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT), Germany’s first science-to-business centre in the field of intelligent automation technologies. In 2016, the SmartFactoryOWL, an initiative of the Fraunhofer Society and the OWL University, was opened as a vendor independent and open Industrie 4.0 research and demonstration platform. With an area of circa 2000 sqm this infrastructure is used to research new technologies, to validate existing developments and transfer knowledge of the area of Industrie 4.0 to SMEs. Additionally newest research results will be demonstrated and made accessible. The main research areas of inIT are Industrial Communication Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Real-time Image Processing, Engineering and Configuration, and Analysis and Diagnosis. Especially in the competence field of industrial communication, inIT conducts research in the area of Industrial-Ethernet, Industrial-Wireless and Plug & Produce in many national and international research projects, such as founded by BMBF (it´sOWL-IV, HiFlecs, FIND), by BMWI (M2M@Work) and by EU (flexWARE, IoT@Work, AnyPLACE).


MECSware GmbH

MECSware GmbH has been founded in 2015 as a spin-off from the Nokia Networks R&D Center Dusseldorf, Germany. MECSware develops optimized system solutions such as the LTE based Mobile Edge Cloud Server (MECS), which enable the fast deployment end easy operation of private mobile networks. MECSwareís customer base includes telecommunication equipment vendors and operators.


Nokia Solutions and Networks Management International GmbH

Nokia is represented within the TACNET 4.0 project through its Bell Labs unit With major research facilities in various European countries, the USA and China, and from the cooperation with customers, research institutes and universities, Nokia Bell Labs contributes to the evolution of the technology base in communication networks by a deep understanding of the network operator business, addressing the requirements from traffic growth, on increasing quality of experience, on network efficiency, and energy saving. In TACNET 4.0, the research centres Munich and Stuttgart participate. The focus is on MEC, radio and network concepts for End-to-End QoS guarantees, and interworking of cellular networks with the factory infrastructure and environment.


NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries and posted revenue of $9.5 billion in 2016.


OTARIS Interactive Services GmbH

OTARIS Interactive Services GmbH ( is an IT service provider with specialization on development and consulting of individual software, IT security, quality management and testing.

OTARIS support their customers as independent consulting company with business process optimization, technology consulting as well as testing and evaluating mobile applications, services, infrastructures and hardware. Customized software is developed in many areas as the process control, machine-to-machine communication, diagnosis and monitoring of communication infrastructures or overall in the business intelligence (BI) for the strategical management.

In addition to order-related cooperations, OTARIS established their own product ProAUDIT® Suite as solution for Customer Experience Management & Measurements with regard to Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE).

OTARIS is the regional office of the TeleTrusT - IT Security Association in Germany since 2008. As local contact, OTARIS coordinates activities for TeleTrusT and enhances the cooperation with established regional networks.


Technische Universität Dresden

The objective of the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, led by Prof. Gerhard P. Fettweis, at the TU Dresden is to carry out leading-edge research, which adds to the advancement of wireless communications technology, by working on industry relevant problems related to next generation wireless systems. Thorough fundamental research as well as close industry cooperation are key to the success of our projects. Wireless/mobile communications is mainly driven by three branches of industry, namely network operators, equipment manufacturers and semiconductor manufacturers with each branch having a different view on problems and solutions. It is highly important that each of these different viewpoints is addressed in the research work, to ensure that the results have practical relevance and significance. The Vodafone Chair therefore welcomes industry contacts and partnerships to help meet this objective. The chair’s current focus lies on the physical layer systems research, with a special emphasis on wireless radio network problems (capacity, reliability, latency, resilience and resource efficiency), wireless modems (mobile terminals and base stations), and IC implementation architectures.

The Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems was founded in September 1994 by an endowment of the Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany. After the acquisition of Mannesmann Mobilfunk by Vodafone Group Ltd. in 2000, the chair changed its name to Vodafone Chair.

Currently, more than 40 Ph.D. students work at the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems. They are involved in teaching as well as project work. One main area of expertise is signal processing concepts and algorithms for next generation wireless systems. In the last 20 years more than 80 Ph.D. graduated successfully at the chair. During this time chair members published more than 900 research papers and filed more than 85 patent applications. Of particular interest are problems and solutions that are found in a trade-off between the aforementioned focus areas.


Universität Bremen

The University of Bremen (UB) was founded in 1971 and is among Germany’s top universities regarding third party funding. UB is the largest university in the region, with more than 20,000 students and 3,500 employees, including about 320 professors. It has become one of Germany`s eleven top universities of excellence.

The Department of Communications Engineering within the Institute for Telecommunications and High-Frequency Techniques has long-time expertise in conducting research in the areas wireless transmission systems, algorithms, and signal processing techniques. By the participation in DFG programs, relevant EU funded research projects (Fantastic-5G, METIS, iJOIN), and industry projects the gained results in basic research are exploited for the development and standardization of next generation mobile communication systems (5G) and wireless sensor networks. The department coordinates the ZDKI project HiFlecs, is partner in the supporting research BZKI, and member in relevant organizations like VDE/ITG specialist group KT1, EU platform NetWorld2020, Arbeitskreis I4.0 Funk and ETSI.

The Department of Communications Engineering will bring in his long-time expertise in the research of communication systems for the TACNET 4.0 main topics “Formulation of an application and requirement catalog for communication in production systems”, “Development of an integrated overall concept for industrial communications”, and “Development of an integrated and robust access system for industry 4.0”. The focus will be the investigation of innovative Information Bottleneck and Compressive Sensing concepts and algorithms and the design of edge cloud techniques for the flexible and targeted adjustment of signal processing tasks within the radio access network for small-cell networks. Accordingly, the department will be involved in the fundamental conceptual design of the overall architecture and the edge cloud concepts. In addition, we will participate in the formulation of requirement profiles and contributes to system integration and to demonstrator testbeds.



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Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH

Busch-Jaeger is the market leader and has more than 130 years of experience in the area of electrical installation technology. We have two manufacturing facilities in Germany. As part of the ABB Group, the company employs some 1,300 people in Lüdenscheid and Aue. It exports to more than 60 countries.


Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH

Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH is the world's leading manufacturer of ruggedized Industrial Ethernet devices for mission-critical applications. Hirschmann offers a complete product portfolio based on Ethernet and fieldbus systems. These include layer 2 and layer 3 switches, industrial security and Wi-Fi systems, as well as software solutions for a centralized network management. Hirschmann stands for the use of open standards in industrial networks and promotes these by actively participating in standardization and research projects. In TACNET 4.0, Hirschmann will contribute requirements for an industrial 5G and will work on the integration of this new technology into existing industrial networks.


Innoroute GmbH

The company InnoRoute is a SME specialized in HW solutions for packet processing. Its first product, the data-flow based packet processor FlowEngine is in use worldwide in DSLAMs of a German manufacturer. InnoRoute got income from consulting and Soft-IP core licensing from the beginning. Based on these IP cores the research router TrustNode was developed.


it's OWL Clustermanagement GmbH

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owl Maschinenbau e.V

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Vodafone GmbH

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