Konecranes has signed a cooperation agreement with data operator Ukkoverkot and Nokia to utilize a private LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile network leveraging 5G concepts and acquiring a global digital automation cloud platform.
Konecranes digital solutions are already implemented on a global scale, as the company has over 570,000 digitized service assets in 55,000 locations. Soon, products will become increasingly smarter, ultimately becoming autonomous in performing operations that are required of them. For this to happen, Konecranes needs to able to move more and more computing power to the edge, increase communication bandwidth and decrease latency.
"We see the digital automation cloud as a potential technology that our customers may be using in the future, and we want to be prepared for the possibilities it provides," says Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President of Technologies at Konecranes.
Taking M2M to the next level
He adds that the new mobile network technology has the capacity to bring machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) security, and machine learning to the next level, which would benefit ports and large manufacturing operations.
The Konecranes premises in Hyvinkää will house this private mobile broadband. The network is expected to accelerate IIoT-related research and product development and business-critical broadband connectivity.
Now in its early stages of development, 5G is set to become the foundation for a ubiquitous ecosystem of intelligent sensors and devices. This next technological revolution will play a key role in driving digitalization across different industry sectors.
Text: Gino de la Paz