Wireless Congress: Systems & Applications
10-12 November 2020 I virtual and interactive conference
The Future of Wireless
In keeping with the motto of the panel discussion "The Future of Wireless", the 17th Wireless Congress demonstrated the possibilities that modern communication technology already offers today to shape our future. As a live conference in which all participants communicated with each other via the Internet, the Wireless Congress 2020 connected speakers and participants across continents and time zones. The programme, which was extended to three days, made it possible to integrate participation in the Wireless Congress into the working day via computer - whether from the office or the home office. The wireless experts were also able to use the chat function and video conferencing in the networking area to exchange information during the three days of the congress. The digital platform of the Wireless Congress offered speakers, exhibitors - EnOcean, Hyline Communication and Sierra Wireless - and participants opportunities to make new contacts and refresh existing contacts. Participants could post questions to the speakers in a separate Q&A chat. They were answered in a special "Session Panel Discussion" at the end of each session.
Wireless will continue to conquer new fields of application
The quest for more bandwidth and the utilisation of higher frequencies is driving wireless researchers worldwide. Insights into current and future research projects were provided by the three keynote speakers: Joseph Barry, Analog Devices, Dr. Josef Blanz, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH, and Prof. Dr. Nils Weimann, University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). They highlighted the potential of new and improved wireless technologies. Radio communication will penetrate areas and enable applications for which radio seems unsuitable today, e.g. where fast control, high availability and robustness or sensor technology are required.
5G, Wi-Fi 6, Mioty and more
In addition to 5G and Wi-Fi 6, the major topics of the 17th Wireless Congress included LPWAN technologies, Bluetooth and the still young Mioty radio protocol. For the first time, the Wireless Congress dedicated an entire session to the Mioty topic. Other future topics were discussed in the sessions Industrial and Technology, Security and Low Power Communication.Günter Grundmann, VdS Schadenverhütung, made it clear in his keynote speech that radio communication also must fulfil general conditions, e.g. in order to be used in the security sector. Further framework conditions are provided by the European Commission, among others. In a Compliance session, the congress participants learned about the implementing measures currently being worked on by the Commission - in the course of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU - and the consequences SMEs fear.The 17th Wireless Congress - for the first time organised and transmitted digitally on the Internet over three days - ended with the conclusion: Digital communication technology offers mature and reliable opportunities to exchange information in a pandemic - but it cannot replace personal experience and discussions on the fringes of a traditional congress.
The coming 18th Wireless Congress will be planned again as a traditional congress with exhibition on 10-11 November 2021.
Our thanks go to our partners – the Messe München, organizers of the electronica virtual, and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) – exhibitors, speakers and participants. Without you this event would not have become what it was - a successful, interactive, virtual event with many interesting discussions and a very high quality programme.
Prof. Dr. Axel Sikora