Nokia, Telia and Intel conduct Industry 4.0 trial


Monday, 16 April, 2018


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An Industry 4.0 trial leveraging low-latency and high-bandwidth 5G technology has been successfully carried out in Finland.

Nokia, Telia and Intel worked together on the trial, which involved the first 'real-world' industrial applications of 5G for manufacturing trialled at the Nokia Conscious Factory in Oulu.

5G allows operators and businesses to connect assets and take advantage of new flexibilities and capabilities such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and widespread automation to efficiently transform operations.

The trial, which took place at the end of March, used a trial 5G radio access network operating in the 28 GHz frequency band.

Nokia deployed the network, leveraging its 5G AirScale and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platforms. In this scenario, the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution, equipped with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, delivered network edge and core cloud flexibilities and capabilities, which provide support for myriad applications in the 5G environment. The trial also utilised the Intel 5G mobile trial platform as the end-user device as well as an integrated video analytics application from Finwe.

The use of multi-access edge computing together with 5G allows data to be processed close to where it is needed, dramatically reducing latency. The Finwe video application was used to monitor and analyse a video feed of a process on one assembly line. The application leveraged machine learning to immediately alert the assembly line operator of any inconsistencies in the process so they could be corrected in real time, ensuring high performance, reliability and quality.

In a second trial, Nokia and Telia demonstrated the ability of the technology to enable Telia to offer cloud remote service delivery for business customers. This trial used the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution, Nokia's multi-access edge computing platform and Finwe's video analytics application at Telia's centralised data centre in Helsinki, approximately 600 km from the Nokia Conscious Factory in Oulu.

Nokia will continue to use its multi-access edge computing platform together with the Finwe video analytics application in the Oulu conscious factory over a 4G LTE network. The ability to upgrade the Nokia AirScale platform to 5G via software provides an evolutionary path for industries to expand automation across their business. The 28 GHz frequency band and Massive MIMO antennas deliver the low latency and bandwidth to enable high-performance industrial applications.

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