Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Siemens Smart Infrastructure recently announced a collaboration as they reimagine building automation by applying 5G private networks (PN) based on the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System in the Americas.
The companies’ joint effort is currently taking place at the Siemens Chicagoland office in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where they are testing 5G PN use cases for efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) assets that would help meet the growing customer demand for energy efficiency, reduced building ownership costs, increased security and proactive maintenance. Siemens and Qualcomm’s collective effort also aims to further advanced digitalization in building automation by developing new, more intelligent smart devices in the future.
“We are proud of the collaboration with Siemens, bringing together its leadership in building automation, and our expertise in wireless and edge compute technologies,” said Sebastiano Di Filippo, senior director of business development, Qualcomm Europe Inc. “Our teams worked closely to successfully prove the automated building use case. Qualcomm Technologies’ platforms have the power to unlock huge potential across multiple sectors, driving the Connected Intelligent Edge – where billions of smart connected devices can be deployed and impact a multitude of industries.”
Siemens is developing use cases to explore how building automation can capitalize on the power of 5G high-speed data transmission, low latency, and greater capacity vs. 4G. Proof-of-concept (PoC) network architecture is built at the Siemens facilities in Buffalo Grove with Qualcomm Technologies’ Engineering Services Group’s support.
The Siemens team proves every step of complete 5G customer adoption. This includes focusing on everything from system design and obtaining experimental Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) licenses to full integration of devices into cloud-based solutions. Meanwhile, Qualcomm Technologies is driving business’ digital transformation through system-level solutions, using a combination of high-quality wireless connectivity and ultra-intelligent platforms.
“Joining Qualcomm Technologies’ capabilities with Siemens’ building automation domain experience creates a unique skillset that enables creation of a very innovative offering,” said Ivan Todorov, head of engineering for Siemens BP Americas at Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA. “We see 5G as a key enabler that will bring to life an ecosystem of edge devices and services to help us meet some of the most pressing customer needs around energy efficiency, cyber security and decarbonization. In times of increasing technology complexity, we see partnering as key to optimizing time-to-market and value for the customer.”
“5G enables endless possibilities and creates new industrial paradigms,” said Repus Hsiung, vice president and general manager of Automotive & Industrial Solutions BG at WNC. “WNC’s i-Router, adopting Snapdragon X55, unlocks a wide variety of innovative use cases. We are proud to be collaborating with Siemens on their innovative 5G smart building automation solution.”
Going forward, Qualcomm will look to use 4G and 5G’s computing power and connectivity solutions to transform industries, business models and experiences with scalable solutions.
“Qualcomm is delivering robust technologies that support existing and new industries, spanning utilities, manufacturing, retail, robotics, asset tracking, fleet management and logistics, to name but a few,” the company said in a release.