Article by Matthias Pätzold
Ericsson announced that the company has launched Ericsson Industry Connect, an easy-to-use cellular connectivity solution to accelerate Industry 4.0 digital transformation. This solution allows communication service providers to offer dedicated cellular networks at factories and warehouses starting with 4G LTE and with a clear path to 5G.
The offering strengthens Ericsson’s private networks and IoT portfolios by making 4G and 5G technologies accessible to new industrial markets.
Built for industrial environments such as factories and warehouses, the system enables secure, reliable coverage with high-device density and predictable latency.
With a network management process designed to be easy to use for professionals in information and operational technology, the solution aims to make cellular technology rapidly deployable among factory and warehouse staff.
With industrial-grade wireless connectivity, Ericsson Industry Connect can facilitate innovative Industry 4.0 use cases such as digital twin inspection (a real-time digital replica of a physical entity) with a massive number of sensors, mobility for human–machine interface instructions for workers, collision avoidance and remote control for autonomous guided vehicles, and collaborative robotics for automated operations.
Scania, a Swedish provider of transport solutions, has already implemented Ericsson Industry Connect in its smart production lab in Södertälje. Ericsson also demonstrated its solution at Hannover Messe, held in Hannover, Germany, 1–5 April 2019.