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ZEISS Project and Detecon Honored with Best of Consulting Award

  • Project for the setup of 5G campus networks at ZEISS Group wins first place in the category “Technologies”
  • Groundbreaking use of a key digital technology

Cologne/Oberkochen/Düsseldorf, 1 December 2023. The management and technology consultancy Detecon has been awarded first place in the category “Technologies” of the Best of Consulting Award of the business journal Wirtschaftswoche for a project at the ZEISS Group. ZEISS and Detecon are collaborating on a project to prepare a blueprint for the use of local 5G networks at more than 100 sites of the technology leader. The team led by project managers Dejan Milankovic (ZEISS Group) and Christian Maasem (Detecon) accepted the award on November 30 during a festive gala at the Hotel KÖ59 in Düsseldorf.

The winning project entitled “5G Factory Use Cases” enables ZEISS to plan optimally the use of 5G campus networks as a key digital technology. By following the global blueprint, ZEISS can plan and build its own 5G networks at sites around the world that will interconnect business and production processes. This foundation will make it possible to realize new digitalization use cases that will mine potential for process effectiveness relating to innovative, data-based business models and to heighten efficiency. The campus network technology is a key component for ZEISS that will further cement in future the global innovation leadership it holds today.

ZEISS chose to engage Detecon for the collaboration because a multitude of strategic and technical factors must be considered during the planning and implementation of 5G campus solutions across multiple locations. The individuality of use cases and differing conditions at the sites are decisive factors in the selection of optimal network variants. Detecon translated the diverse, complex requirements into global guidelines so that the ZEISS Group can use the blueprint for the evaluation and implementation of 5G technology worldwide.

“We regard 5G to be a key technology and will use it in various applications worldwide,” states Dejan Milankovic, project manager and Service Cluster Manager OT/IoT/5G Connectivity at ZEISS. “The blueprint will enable the ZEISS Group to implement worldwide innovative and sophisticated 5G applications that are both clearly structured and reliable.” Christian Maasem, Partner IoT at Detecon, adds: “We carried out the first validation and testing of single, global use cases for campus networks on behalf of ZEISS and based on several proofs of concept (PoC) in our own 5G Detecon campus network — the “FiveGDock” in Cologne — and at the ZEISS site in Oberkochen.” 

The project team (f.l.t.r.): Raik Wehser, Reto Kortas, Dejan Milankovic (Project Lead ZEISS), Olivera Radisic, Christoph Lössnitz, Christian Maasem (Project Lead Detecon), (in the front) Leon Fischer, Konstantin Marin, Wolfgang Krämer and Jan Timo Walter (not in the picture)


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