Nokia Corporation has announced it is extending its industrial portfolio of ruggedized devices with the launch of an Industrial 5G fieldrouter. Particularly, the new version supports Japan’s local bands and certified for the Japanese market.
The fieldrouter will allow asset-intensive enterprises in the country to connect vehicles and equipment and use operational data to gain new levels of agility and productivity. Hence, enabling digital transformation (DX).
Moreover, ports, manufacturers, energy, transportation, warehousing, and logistics companies will benefit from greater operational flexibility to meet rapidly changing market needs.
Private 5G wireless allows enterprises to connect workers and assets such as sensors and machines in the most reliable, secure way and with the lowest latency. Furthermore, this will allow them to gain access to operational technology (OT) in real time. It will also leverage compelling Industry 4.0 use cases to boost productivity, efficiency, and agility. These include enabling robots and vehicle automation on a grand scale, using operational data with analytics to make maintenance predictive.
At the same time, it will further enhance maintenance and planning by combining this data with artificial intelligence to create a digital twin of the operating environment.
Connection of machines, systems, vehicles, and sensors is possible to the local private wireless networks through Nokia’s Industrial 5G fieldrouter. Most importantly, the wireless connectivity of the fieldrouter enables interoperability between industrial communications protocols. These include PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus or OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA). Offering IP67 protection for harsh indoor and outdoor environments and an anti-vibration design ensures wide applications. For example, autonomous haulage trucks stay connected while traversing rough terrains around a mine and straddle trucks keep goods moving at ports. Hence, this constant connectivity is vital, not only for productivity, but also for safety, ensuring equipment can be halted in an instant.
With the addition of the Industrial 5G fieldrouter for the Japanese market, Nokia is continuing to expand its portfolio of industrial private wireless solutions access points to allow enterprises in Japan to leverage dedicated coverage and capacity using the recently released 5G n79 band or other available 4.9G/LTE spectrum bands for local networks.
The highly ruggedized Nokia Industrial fieldrouter user equipment suits industrial environments and vehicles. Particularly, it comes with anti-vibration design and IP67 rating for indoor/outdoor use. They support a wide range of bands in 4G, 5G and MulteFire (unlicensed) with a comprehensive feature set to enable efficient traffic for PROFINET communication and other protocols, like OPC-UA, EtherCAT and Modbus.
Users can complement your Nokia Industrial device and Private Wireless solution with integrated Nokia Industrial device management. Particularly, this supports zero-touch onboarding and plug-and-play operation of any Nokia Industrial user equipment. Furthermore, it has scalability to manage your entire device population.
Donny Janssens, Head of APJ Enterprise Private Wireless Campus at Nokia, said: “Reliable, safe and pervasive connectivity of equipment and machines is vital for the digitalization of industry, allowing enterprises to connect operations end-to-end. Nokia is doing this in the most intuitive way to allow Japanese businesses to accelerate their transformation. Customers can experience the capabilities of the ruggedized fieldrouter working in a 5G and 4.9G/LTE private wireless networks for themselves at our recently revamped Advanced Technology Center in Tokyo.”