New Partners Fortify Nokia’s Industrial Edge Ecosystem

Nokia Corporation has expanded its Industry 4.0 application ecosystem running on the Nokia MX Industrial Edge. Nokia partners will help address enterprise demands for Industry 4.0 capabilities and use cases.

MX Industrial Edge customers will be able to deploy an array of Nokia and third-party applications to advance their digital transformation.

Enterprises will have access to cloud and Industrial ISV applications that will unlock the real value of their operational data. Leveraging secure, resilient industrial IoT capabilities, the partners will be able to apply real-time analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). This will help transform processes, automate workflows and enable use-cases such as digital twinning for new agility and sustainability. Enterprise customers of the Nokia MX Industrial Edge will be able to click and deploy applications from the application catalog.

Nokia MX Industrial Edge infographic

Brings in 5G Benefits

To enable digitalization, disparate industrial systems connected to the network must be able to communicate between them and to the north-bound system. This system may be a digital twin, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), predictive maintenance analytics, among others. Software plugins to the industrial device or edge enables this.

PTC’s Kepware and Linux Foundation’s Fledge industrial connectivity solutions support multiple industrial data protocols and formats to simplify the process of accessing and aggregating data from those systems.

Cherrie Gartner, Senior Vice President Go-to-Market Strategy and Global Head of Strategic Alliances at PTC said, “Enterprises are deriving tangible value from IIoT Solutions enabled by the Empowered Edge. PTC and Nokia working at both a GTM and solution level, as is the case with the MX Industrial Edge, ThingWorx and Kepware, serves to enable our customers to accelerate time to value.”

Smart Mobile Labs Edge Video Orchestrator (EVO) technology ensures delivery of multiple video streams from any source at 1msec latency. This also allows real-time delivery of video streams for mission critical use cases. Rüdiger Hnyk, CPO and Board member of the Smart Mobile Labs AG, said, “Evo is the perfect application for making 5G advantages visible and we appreciate to be hosted on the MXIE which makes it easy for our customers to experience real time video.”

Role of Edge in Industry 4.0

Realize New Capabilities at Edge

In line with a previously announced collaboration, Nokia will offer Microsoft Azure IoT Edge Services allowing industries such as digital factories, smart cities, warehouses, and transportation hubs to realize new capabilities at the edge. Nokia continues to create connectors towards other web scale partners.

Taqtile meanwhile provides new mixed reality capabilities for training, maintenance, and operations that remove location barriers. Combined with MX Industrial Edge and XR capable devices such as augmented reality (AR) headsets and tablets, Taqtile’s Manifest platform enriches the user experience. It provides real-time instruction, collaboration tools and training materials that change the way information deskless workers receive information. This is particularly important for zero-fault production industries enabling users to collaborate with experts around the world to swiftly solve issues.

Dirck Schou, Taqtile Chief Executive Officer, said, “MXIE helps Taqtile achieve its mission to bring Manifest anywhere a deskless worker performs work. Airfields, factories and hospitals are just some of the most difficult places we can access now.”

Integrating these capabilities and using technologies such as 4.9G/LTE and 5G private networks, enterprises will benefit from the industrial connected devices and systems. The Nokia MX Industrial Edge means data provides on-site process for the highest compute and networking performance. It also provides the resilience and data security required by mission-critical Industry 4.0 use-cases.