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Bachelor's Thesis

Scalability of Cellular Networks in Industrial Applications


The deployment of wired fieldbuses substantially contributes to the costs of large industrial plants, for example concentrated solar power plants with diameters of several hundred meters. In order to reduce these costs, efforts are being made to replace wired fieldbuses by wireless solutions. Thereby, it is essential to maintain reliability and real-time capabilities to prevent damage and retain efficiency. Today, cellular networks are widely used for communication. Our smartphones are connected among each other and to the internet via a world- wide cellular network. Originating from speech communication, today’s cellular networks are equally suited for data transmission, so they might be a suitable option for the aforementioned application.

Work Description

The purpose of the advertised thesis is to analyze existing technologies for cellular communication and assess their suitability for industrial applications. Relevant are standards for mobile phones (UMTS, LTE...). By analyzing the respective documents and running simulations, the thesis should answer questions such as

How many clients can be distributed in an area of one square kilometer, if we want to collect 100 byte of data every 5 minutes from each client?


Start date 5. September 2017
End date 7. November 2017
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Projects AutoR | SensorNet
Supervisor Dr.-Ing. Florian Kauer