Nokia and MiR showcase real-time robot fleet management using private 5G wireless network

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Finnish teleco, IT and consumer electronics company Nokia and collaborative mobile robot manufacturer Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) have showcased how private 5G wireless connectivity can be leveraged for real-time fleet management of industrial robots.

Utilising Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) end-to-end industrial private wireless solution, MiR’s autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can be connected to the 5G private wireless network using Nokia Industrial dongles equipped with their own SIM cards.

According to Nokia, the high-performance, ultra-low latency and security enabled by private 5G wireless enables work instructions to be delivered and actioned in real time, with all data remaining securely within the network.

What’s more, high reliability and coverage ensures the AMRs are always connected when traversing large spaces, such as warehouses, said Nokia.

Søren E Nielsen, president of MiR, said: “Our AMRs address a range of workflows that allow manufacturing, warehouse and distribution centres to automate time-consuming tasks. Working with Nokia, we can showcase the benefits of 5G to enable real-time fleet management.”

Jochen Apel, vice president, digital industries for Nokia Enterprise, said: “Nokia DAC allows industries to deploy private 4.9G/LTE and 5G wireless networks to digitally transform their operations.

“We look forward to demonstrating with MiR how high-performance enabled by 5G ensures there are no breaks in coverage so real time instructions can be delivered and actioned with AMRs on large manufacturing floors and warehouses.”

Nokia’s DAC end-to-end platform provides an industrial-grade private 4G/LTE and 5G wireless network solution for enterprises, comprising edge computing, radio access points and user equipment.

Private edge cloud capabilities are designed to ensure companies can process massive amounts of video and data for real-time analysis and continuous process improvement.

What’s more, Nokia DAC offers a web-based management portal to simplify device management. A wide range of applications are available to click and deploy to the edge from the Nokia DAC catalog.

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