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With an area of approximately ten square kilometres and about 39.000 employees, the BASF site in Ludwigshafen is the world’s largest integrated chemical complex. As the headquarters of BASF, it is also the cradle of the Verbund concept, where production facilities, energy flows and logistics are networked together intelligently in order to utilise resources as efficiently as possible.

A new integrated storage and logistics concept will help BASF significantly reduce logistics costs. The most important components will be automated guided vehicles (AGVs), which will provide the 150 loading stations at the site. The network and connection of the AGVs will be realized by private LTE.

The high number of metallic supply lines at the production site makes a standard network planning impossible. Nevertheless it is essential to have a consistent and reliable transmission of HD camera signals for controlling and monitoring the AGVs, to have a safe and trouble-free production.

In order to ensure a trouble and failure-free operation, BASF invests in an own private LTE network consisting of blackned software Ridux and Airspan base stations. The BASF LTE network transmit the control and video data to the AGVs which are integrated in a site network infrastructure, operated as AVG Campus network. Therefore BASF guarantees an upload data rate of 15 Mbit/s with a low latency of <50ms each AGV. BASF keeps control of all elements of production.

The LTE-core components are realized by Ridux. Ridux includes the so called “Evolved Packet Core (EPC)” with its base components MME and SAEGw as well as the HSS in software and luilds the private LTE network together with Airspan base stations (eNodeBs). Ridux enables BASF an unique administration of all components and users of the private LTE system. The intuitive Ridux interface allows simple integration of the existing network infrastructure

Establishing a private LTE network enables BASF a modern, innovative and highly efficient logistics concept as well it will help BASF significantly reduce logistics costs. The efforts, having an own private LTE network, are effectively:

– Low annual fees for the use of frequencies
– Network administration by our trained staff
– No additional costs due tothe SIM Card Management of Ridux
– Available end devices and a wide range of applications
– LTE technology will be produced in high quantities, thereby cost-optimised and assured of a good future