Private 5G networks for industries 4.0

The industry is constantly evolving towards greater efficiency and improved production. The digitalization of processes has become commonplace, but wired or wireless solutions are reaching their limits regarding performance, security, and flexibility. Private 5G provides reliable, real-time connectivity, meeting the needs of operators wherever they are while ensuring increased worker protection.

Private 5G to gain productivity

Private 5G saves time and resources for tasks that robots can perform. Indeed, robot suppliers offer models that address many industrial issues. But, connectivity is essential to send orders and receive task execution status in return. However, this connection must be efficient regarding throughput, latency, outage, and coverage. Until now reserved for telecom operators, 5G is now available to manufacturers and ensures this type of connectivity.

As with robots, agility and responsiveness are very important in manufacturing processes. Real-time monitoring allows rapid detection of anomalies and limits waste as much as possible since the manufacturing line can be quickly stopped and a correction swiftly made.

Unification of networks for real gain

It is widespread to see many wired or wireless networks that differ regarding technologies used, maintenance cycles, or even terminals, within a same company. Moreover, the applications used are often hermetic between them, complicating exchange and communication.
The applications used are often hermetic between them, complicating exchange and communication. Some users must therefore frequently equip themselves with several devices and regularly check the state of charge of all their batteries. Wi-Fi, DECT, TETRA are among the technologies operating simultaneously. Private 5G brings real network unification with enriched and relevant functionalities to facilitate exchanges between systems.

Assisted maintenance and training

How to optimize maintenance or training for the industry is a recurring question. The answer is in the arrival of private 5G, which provides real added value. Yesterday, operators had to go to a classroom or their office to consult an expert or documentation. Today, by being close to the machine, they can receive remote video support with connected glasses (or only audio), by sending the actual and current situation of the problem for even faster resolution. In the same way, in the context of training, it is essential to be close to the machine and the real world to refine your knowledge and interact with the trainer as if the latter were right next to their student.

Worker protection and safety

Many solutions and endpoints are already in place to ensure lone workers' safety. However, these systems often use narrowband communication networks, which only support voice, sometimes in the form of walkie-talkie communications. With its high speed and reliable connections, private 5G technology can expand the crucial functionality of these systems. It enables, for example, user-initiated alerts, group calls, two-way voice communications, video communications, file sharing, and geolocation. To this end, private 5G is based on the definition of mission-critical services established by the 3GPP standard. This standard specifies service and user management functions. Additionally, this standard specifies service and user management functions.

Incident detection and prevention

To spot possible leaks of explosive or toxic liquids or gases, 5G can interconnect IoT sensors to monitor valves, check corrosion or measure vibrations of moving parts. Additionally, private 5G and analytics capabilities enable fire detection through cameras or drone overflights. Upstream, incident prevention is ensured by regular inspections. 5G also plays a crucial role in enabling real-time video conversations between operators at remote sites and inspectors in the field. 

Video surveillance of intrusions

Finally, industrial companies must ensure the security of their facilities by using video cameras to monitor intrusions. 5G strengthens perimeter security by allowing the connection of wireless surveillance cameras, which are easier to install, and by possibly relocating artificial intelligence as close as possible to the location of image capture.

In summary, private 5G offers a critical solution to improve efficiency, productivity, and security in industrial sites. It enables real-time transmission, the use of robots, network unification, assisted maintenance, and worker protection, thus meeting constantly evolving industrial requirements. This technology promotes profound digital transformation, strengthening businesses' competitiveness and sustainability while ensuring workers' safety.

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