Kalmar Implementing New Stand-alone 5G Network in Finland


Kalmar together with Telia and Telia’s partners Digita and Nokia, have implemented a new stand-alone 5G network for its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland.


In Tampere, Kalmar has the industry’s largest port automation test field and world-class facilities and laboratories for prototyping, simulation, testing, monitoring and optimisation. Thanks to the private network, Kalmar is now able to develop new integrated solutions for the product development of communication and cargo handling technologies.

“As a pioneer in terminal automation and energy-efficient cargo handling, we want to be at the forefront of utilising the latest technology in our product development. The reliable wireless 5G connectivity will help us develop even more efficient and safer container handling solutions for terminal operations,” says Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions.

The stand-alone 5G network implemented in Tampere represents the latest 5G development and it is one of the first most extensive implementations in the world. The stand-alone network enables utilising all of the latest 5G features, such as private networks, network slicing and highly uniform automation implementations.

“Kalmar’s example shows that industrial 5G is now evolving to deliver on the promises that have been placed on the technology. It is great to see that Finnish companies are at the forefront of the world in demonstrating how 5G brings real business benefits through increased efficiency and security,” mentions Janne Koistinen, Director of Telia’s 5G Programme.

“The state-of-the-art private network is always adapted to the customer’s needs, in Kalmar’s case it means delivering and building the latest network technologies to promote product development,” points out Henri Viljasjärvi, Business Development Director at Digita.

A key element in the mobile technology project’s joint research efforts is the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution. The Nokia DAC is an industrial-grade digitisation platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high-performance private wireless network with industrial connectors and edge computing capabilities on a cloud-based monitoring system. Nokia Industrial 5G devices are used as a part of the end-to-end solution.

 

Nokia Digital Automation Cloud

Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) is a high-performance, end-to-end private wireless networking and edge computing platform. Offered as a service, it lets you combine plug-and-play 4G and 5G connectivity with on-premise data management and processing to support real-time applications for smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance and remote operations.

 

An end-to-end platform that makes private wireless networking and automation easy

A comprehensive solution: Nokia DAC comes with edge computing hardware, radio access points, add-on applications and user equipment. It also comes with spectrum options – unlicensed (MulteFire and Nokia DAC unlicensed), shared (CBRS) or licensed spectrum – giving you secure, pervasive indoor and outdoor connectivity.

A simple, powerful management portal: The platform includes a web-based portal that makes it easy to manage all your sites, anywhere in the world. You can use the portal to deploy applications and push software updates to all or individual locations.

Proven wireless technology, new 5G SA: Based on proven 4G/LTE and new 5G technology, Nokia DAC is easy to deploy. If you select the 4G version with its rich ecosystem of compliant devices you can later upgrade to 5G via a simple software update and replacement of access points.

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