Nokia helps Volkswagen embrace Industry 4.0 digital transformation

Nokia is deploying a private 5G network for Volkswagen at the carmaker’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany to help the company embrace Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

Chris Johnson, Head of Global Enterprise Business at Nokia, said: “Nokia is a worldwide leader in private wireless technology for Industry 4.0 digital transformation proven by over 380 large enterprise customer deployments, of which more than 75 incorporate 5G.”

Compared to nimble startups, large...

Haier gets a hand from Huawei and China Mobile to build smart factories

China’s largest consumer electronics producer, Haier, is getting a helping hand from Huawei and China Mobile to build smart factories.

The trio of industry titans announced the successful combination of 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) to deliver innovative manufacturing solutions.

5G offers bandwidth of up to 20Gbps while lowering latency to as little as one millisecond. MEC further lowers latency, improves security, and enables new applications by supporting...

Inmarsat: IoT to overtake cloud computing as primary Industry 4.0 technology

Research from Inmarsat has found that investment in the IoT is set to overtake cloud computing and other digital transformation technologies.

The IoT can hardly be considered an “emerging technology” anymore. Between 2017 and 2020, IoT investments account for an average of 7 percent of an organisation’s IT budget. Over the next three years, businesses expect to increase their IoT budgets to 10 percent.

Here’s how that compares to planned investment in other...

IIoT adoption is accelerating in response to COVID-19

Research from satellite giant Inmarsat has found a rapid acceleration in IIoT deployments in response to COVID-19.

Over three-quarters (77%) of the surveyed organisations have now deployed at least one IoT project. 41 percent of those businesses did so in the twelve-month period from the second quarter of 2020, a period that will enter the history books as when COVID-19 gripped the world.

Aside from the deaths and long-term health complications that COVID-19 caused, the...

Qualcomm launches autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities

Qualcomm has launched Flight RB5 5G, the “world’s first” autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities.

The company says the platform will support and accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous drones for commercial, enterprise, and industrial purposes. An onboard Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit achieves the modern cybersecurity requirements for drones.

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Dev Singh, Senior Director of Business...

Bosch turns to Fetch.ai’s Collective Learning network for ‘AIoT’ trials

Engineering giant Bosch is turning to Cambridge-based startup Fetch.ai for innovative “AIoT” trials.

Fetch.ai is a blockchain (or distributed ledger, if you prefer) that is aiming to build a decentralised network of autonomous “agents” that perform real-world tasks. For the IoT, it’s potentially groundbreaking.

Bosch also seems to believe in Fetch.ai’s vision and has been an early supporter of the startup from almost the beginning. This week, Bosch’s team...

Smart factories could provide a £6.3B boost to UK manufacturing by 2030

A report from Vodafone suggests that 5G smart factories could provide a £6.3 billion boost to UK-based manufacturing by 2030.

One of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledges is to “level up” across the entire UK and end the disproportionate investment in the capital. Time will tell whether that’s just a political soundbite or something actually substantial.

The report suggests that investment in 5G-powered manufacturing could have the biggest impact in the...

Verizon Business appoints TJ Fox as SVP of IIoT and automotive

Verizon Business has announced the appointment of TJ Fox as the company’s new senior vice president of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and automotive.

Fox previously served as SVP and president of Verizon Business Markets but will now be responsible for leading the company’s connected vehicle, device, and industrial equipment strategies.

Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer at Verizon Business, said:

“In naming a leader who can catalyse...

Enea 5G MicroCore for enterprises aims to support Industry 4.0 initiatives

Enea has launched 5G MicroCore for enterprises, a complete and interoperable solution for businesses using private 5G networks for Industry 4.0 purposes.

Industry 4.0 combines emerging technologies such as the IoT, AI, edge, and cloud computing to once again revolutionise traditional industries such as manufacturing. Private 5G networks are key to unlocking Industry 4.0’s potential.

Leo Gergs, Research Analyst for 5G Markets at ABI Research, said:

“As...

Verizon expands its Hyper Precision Location service to over 100 US markets

Verizon has announced the expansion of its Hyper Precision Location (HPL) service to cover over 100 major US markets.

HPL is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering that boosts the accuracy of location data from metres to centimetres—delivering GNSS correction data in real-time and at scale.

TJ Fox, SVP of Industrial IoT and Automotive at Verizon Business, said:

“Hyper Precise Location stands to boost or enable next-gen technologies across industries, from...