Industrial applications of 5G sometimes sparkle avalanches of pixels, so far-fetched are they. Some, however, are very concrete. In French-speaking Switzerland, the EPFL, for example, continues to develop its ultra-efficient transport project, which suggests fairly green applications… 5G will obviously be part of it.
For the record, the Hyperloop of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) consists of tubes that must be built within a new network. A depression is generated inside, to allow the vehicles, called pods, to circulate there at very high speed thanks to the low resistance of the air. The dedicated EPFL website.
Remote-controlled vehicle thanks to 5G
A circular test bench simulating an infinite Hyperloop track has been built on the Lausanne campus. A remote-controlled pod circulates there. The vehicle is connected to a 5G wireless network, according to this article from Change 5G, the lobby pushing the ultimate mobile technology while reactionaries and other conspirators are still too present on the boulevard.
The technicians obviously chose the latest technology to imagine the transport network of the future. 5G is designed to transmit a large amount of data and drive the system with very low latency (reaction time) if all the parameters are met, which is often not the case with commercial networks today.
With what energy?
“Thanks to the 5G network, we can pilot the pod and collect very important measurements for further research on the Hyperloop”, points out Andreas Burg, professor of telecommunications at EPFL. By the end of summer 2022, EPFL will officially put the Hyperloop into service.
Even at 600 Km/h the energy consumption of the Hyperloop should be reasonable due to the reduction in friction. If it were to be connected to a renewable electricity source, it would be particularly green. It remains to produce enough green electricity: a big challenge for Switzerland, which has fallen far behind in solar power, in particular.