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5G.NRWeek Rocket Session: interactive live rescue robotics demo at high-profile 5G event

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CNI has interactively illustrated requirements and opportunities of 5G in rescue robotics in close cooperation with the Fire Department Dortmund and German Rescue Robotics Center (DRZ). A joint demonstration at the final rocket session of the 5G.NRWeek conference presented a remote control scenario of a mobile robotic system for risky rescue operations. The demonstration used CNI's software-defined radio based stand-alone 5G platform in combination with CNI's research robot used as scout to explore a challenging scenrio filled with smoke provided by the DRZ.

The high profile event, organized by the Competence Center 5G.NRW and opened by Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart (Minister for Economics, Technology and Innovation of North-Rhine Westfalia), discussed the progress of 5G, that was made in the last year with colleagues from Ericsson, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Riedel, a hidden-champion from North Rhine-Westphalia for leading-edge technologies for media productions and global events.

The interactive demo, presented by Prof. Christian Wietfeld and Dirk Aschenbrenner (Director of the fire department Dortmund and coordinator of German Rescue Robotics Center) aimed to highlight how reliable 5G communication solutions support emergency response teams in ciritical situations. The goal: to make firefighting and rescue operations safer and more effective in the future - by benefiting from highly efficient 5G networks to monitor and operate mobile robotic systems. A local ad-hoc 5G standalone network enables the reliable transmission of high-resolution video data in real-time directly on site. With an immersive virtual reality 360° visualization, emergency services can reliably assess critical (hazardous) situations.

The live stream with the demo beginning at about minute 40:00 is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntWZ_NOIpzg

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).