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Covestro Deutschland AG

Innovative wireless networking architecture for challenging production environment

Detailed description of challenge

  • The wireless coverage in production areas can hardly be achieved by external antennas due to the presence of massive metal structures and of large volumes of water-based products

  • Instead, a large number of hot spots, routers or repeaters are necessary

  • The wiring of a large number of hotspots is expensive and has to be coordinated with the 24/7 operation of the plants (not practicable)
  • Chemical plants are often also in APEX category 1 or 2 and require special versions of hotspots to be installed
  • 5G, working at even higher frequencies, is expected to offer even shorter signal penetration and therefore a larger number of hotspots

First initiatives within company

  • Traditional WLAN installed in several plants

Need for support

  • Ideas to implement the known technology in a new way or ideas that base on completely new technologies
  • Innovative solutions to drastically (rather than marginally) reduce the number of hot spots required for coverage
  • Innovative network architectures (e.g. mesh network)
  • Conceptual support to find a suitable approach (no technical implementation)

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Covestro Deutschland AG

Covestro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance plastics and plastic components. Its products and application solutions are used in many areas of modern life. In this way, Covestro aims to help overcome major challenges such as climate change, urban growth and a changing mobility. In particular, the company wants to promote the circular economy as the key to climate neutrality, environmental protection and resource conservation.