Thanks to Wi-Fi, many cables have disappeared at automakers’ and suppliers’ plants over past few years. But not all ideas that digitalization generates can actually be implemented on the basis of Wi-Fi. Think of comprehensively monitoring all devices, machines, and components or autonomous transport. Robots or connected vehicles, which are meant to take over transporting workpieces or materials on the site between various halls, like to take a break if they are monitored and instructed by Wi-Fi. The latency is too high for robots/forklift trucks to run smoothly. Reminds me of the YouTube videos I wanted to watch recently in a Mediterranean hotel (“Wi-Fi included”). That wasn’t much fun.
If you want to optimize the processes at your company and, for example, save on transfer processes, such an experience is not an inconvenience, it’s a killer criterion. If the network infrastructure cannot ensure that processes run efficiently, the idea – however, brilliant it might be – goes right back into the drawer.