• Combined conference/trade fair to deliver new ideas for machine connection and development
  • 5G featured as growth and innovations engine
  • Hannover, Germany. Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary Secretary of State in the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), has been selected as the opening speaker for CMM (Connected mobile Machines & Mobility) – a combined conference and trade fair – taking place on 1 December. The topic of her keynote is "5G – a Growth and Innovations Engine for the Economy", with the focus on setting the appropriate framework for 5G and unleashing its potential for innovative user applications.

    The BMWi ministry is dedicated to strengthening Germany's innovative dynamism; it aims to promote digitization along with climate protection and a policy for sustainable energy. "Innovation, digitization and climate protection are no longer buzzwords, but genuine components of a future-oriented economic policy. The structural change which will be necessary can only succeed if ambitious environmental policy is combined with economic growth," says Winkelmeier-Becker. "The basis for this consists of future-proof infrastructures and regulations that support innovative mobility solutions and connected economic processes," she continues. "Interactive machines are both economically and ecologically decisive to achieving this goal. The 5G mobile communications standard plays a prominent role in all of this."

    The topic of 5G will not only be discussed at the CMM expo and its supporting forums, but can also be experienced directly at the Hannover Exhibition Center, one of the world's first fairgrounds to be outfitted with a comprehensive, private 5G infrastructure. The 100-hectare exhibition site is gradually being developed into a highly innovative multifunctional campus, which will be available 365 days a year as a test site for 5G real-time use cases.

    Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker is Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy. In this capacity, she is in charge of European, economic and industrial policy. As a special representative of the German government, she also coordinates the implementation of the International Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Germany (D-EITI), which applies to Germany's raw materials production industry.