CGI and Nokia Drive Industry 4.0 with 5G Private Networks

CGI and Nokia have extended their strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of digital solutions powered by 5G private wireless networks

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as Industry 4.0, is rapidly reshaping sectors and operations worldwide. Driven by advances like the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data analytics and automation, this transformation enables organisations to boost productivity, reduce costs and gain competitive advantages.

At the heart of Industry 4.0 lies connectivity – the ability to collect, share and analyse data across the operational footprint in real time. However, many manufacturers and industrial enterprises struggle with legacy networks, limited bandwidth, lack of mobility support and security vulnerabilities that prevent them from making the most of these digital opportunities.

This is where private 5G wireless networks emerge as a powerful solution, providing the robust connectivity backbone required for data-intensive Industrial 4.0 use cases like machine vision, autonomous systems, remote operations and predictive maintenance.

Now, two global technology leaders – CGI and Nokia – have formed a strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of digital solutions powered by 5G private wireless networks. The collaboration brings together Nokia's cutting-edge 5G and industrial edge computing technologies with CGI’s business services and industry expertise.

Nokia and CGI: Driving business agility with 5G private networks

According to an announcement from the companies, the key focus is deploying Nokia’s comprehensive One Platform for industrial digitalisation, leveraging Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC), Modular Private Wireless (MPW), industrial devices and MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) computing capabilities. 

By integrating these technologies, both companies say enterprises will gain the ability to build sensor-rich ecosystems and interconnected operations underpinned by reliable, secure and high-performance 5G connectivity, enabling real-time data insights, automated processes, and enhanced operational intelligence.

“Nokia one platform for industrial digitalisation, comprised of private wireless Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), Nokia Modular Private Wireless (MPW), Industrial devices, MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) computing and an ecosystem of neutral industrial applications, helps industries to pave their way to Industry 4.0,” said David de Lancelloti, Vice President of Enterprise Campus Edge Business at Nokia. “The importance of adequate technology in supporting operation and business infrastructure cannot be understated. We are excited to partner with CGI and look forward to collaborating with them as they continue to enable future digitalisation of enterprises.”

The partnership has already delivered its first success - building a pioneering 5G testbed for the Smart Nano NI consortium in Northern Ireland. This state-of-the-art private 5G/4G network supports accelerating smart manufacturing initiatives to drive economic growth.

“Industry 4.0 requires organisations to deploy sensor-rich ecosystems underpinning the business solutions.  Our partnership with Nokia delivers the connectivity services to enable solutions which solve these business challenges,” says Ian Dunbar, Senior Vice-President, Consulting Services, Telecoms and Media for CGI in the UK.

“This partnership brings the combined capabilities of our organisations together to drive cost efficiency into our clients’ operations,” adds Tara McGeehan, President for CGI in the UK and Australia. "It will enhance our ability to bring world-class business solutions to our clients which deliver them a competitive edge in the market today.”

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