Nokia and Edzcom are setting up a private 5G network at the facility where Konecranes develops crane automation technology.
This is an important development for container terminals, where a private 5G network is being touted as the wireless communication system that can support connected assets and automated and remote controlled operations in place of fibre optic cable or other wireless technologies. One use case example cited by Konecranes is “the deployment of high-resolution wireless cameras to improve load handling safety, site security and operational integrity”.
“Edzcom will deploy a private wireless and application platform based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC). The 5G network will enable Konecranes to research and develop digitalized factory and port solutions that leverage 5G’s high bandwidth and low latency for increased productivity, improved efficiency, and enhanced safety,” the announcement said.
“Factories and ports are increasingly becoming digitalized and automated, and machine-to-machine communication is on the rise, creating an ecosystem of connected devices,” said Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President for Technologies, Konecranes. “Konecranes has been an industry leader in this development, and partnering with Nokia and Edzcom helps us extend that digitalization and technology leadership.
“Establishing a private 5G network in our Hyvinkää smart factory, with its low latency, high bandwidth and greater reliability, gives us the chance to accelerate automation even further, improving efficiency and opening up new use cases that can benefit both Konecranes and its customers.”
Stephan Litjens, Vice President Enterprise Solutions, Nokia Cloud and Network Services, said: “Konecraneshas been at the forefront of private wireless, introducing private LTE with Nokia and Edzcom four years ago to develop innovative solutions for its Lifting Businesses. By now deploying 5G to explore and develop its potential in factories and ports, Konecranes underscores its pioneering position in leveraging digitalization to enhance productivity and safety.”
“This project is a great showcase for smooth evolution to 5G private networking, with tight cooperation between Konecranes, Edzcom and Nokia,” Mikko Uusitalo, Managing Director, Edzcom added. “5G will enable Konecranes to ensure greater capacity and high performance for its most ambitious digitalization strategies. We are excited to see how Konecranes will continue to innovate, and employ edge connectivity to boost operational efficiency and new solution development.”