Nokia has announced the launch of the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) Private Wireless Compact, which aims to bring 5G private wireless to small industrial sites.
A new configuration optimised to meet private wireless connectivity needs of small-and mid-sized industrial sites, this offers a 5G private wireless solution in a smaller form.
As more industries move toward digital transformation to improve their business processes, it is Nokia’s hope that this solution will deliver rigorous security and reliable connectivity that ensures small enterprise sites can benefit from a transition towards Industry 4.0.
Helping SMEs: Addressing the issue of poor connectivity & sustainability
Nokia states that the DAC Compact will ensure up to 60% reduction in energy consumption over Wi-Fi, contributing to increased sustainability within industries. It is also designed to address the growing demand for small-medium size campuses.
Based on the Nokia AirScale small cells, it is designed to deliver connectivity for both human and machine in the toughest industrial environments. With all the renowned radio performance, ease of use, integration and scalability, its smaller size aligns to coverage requirements of small industrial sites. As a result, it offers an arguably more cost-effective connectivity option for small industrial premises.
Nokia highlights how connectivity is hindering some SMEs from achieving their full revenue potential. For sectors like warehousing, where sites are densely populated with metal shelves and coverage holes can impact business by causing handover failures, parcel loss, or tracking issues, the compact 5G private wireless solution could enhance existing operational use cases and enable organisations to continue to develop.
Helping enterprises to expand private wireless deployment
The platform is also suitable for small enterprises within ports, manufacturing, mining, petrochemical, retail and many more key industries. Larger enterprises deploying the Nokia DAC PW Compact in small facilities will, according to the company, offer the confidence of a single multi-site private wireless solution deployed across all their campuses.
As enterprises expand their private wireless deployment over time, there is an easy upgrade path to add capacity, users and radio configurations, as well as allowing for the addition of Wi-Fi technology. Additionally, by converting the deployed edge to Mission Critical Industrial Edge (MXIE), enterprises can transform their private wireless solutions to a full platform for digital transformation thanks to the MXIE capabilities and its selection of Nokia and third-party OT use case applications.
Stephan Litjens, Vice President of Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions at Nokia, said: “With the addition of the Nokia DAC PW Compact to our portfolio, we can now address the growing demand from smaller sites and many industries, such as the growing warehousing segment, who need the secure, low-latency and reliable connectivity provided by private wireless to digitally transform their operations.
“Regardless of the size of the operation, Nokia has a solution that will connect people, machines, and sensors in an energy-efficient manner and at an economical price point – equipping an even wider range of industries for their journey to Industry 4.0.”
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