Nokia to deploy 5G SA private networking for KUKA Germany
Nokia has announced that KUKA, a manufacturer of industrial robots and automation solutions, will deploy Nokia 5G SA private wireless networking at KUKA’s Smart Production and Development Center in Augsburg, Germany.
KUKA is planning to deploy 5G technology in its intelligent robotics and automation solutions, and the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) campus networking and application platform will support product development with immediate effect.
“In coming years, KUKA will develop solutions that harness the potential of 5G’s fast, reliable and secure connectivity,” said Michael Wagner, Director R&D, Competence Center Control Technology, KUKA. “By partnering with Nokia for private wireless networking, we have now established a long-term development roadmap that will allow us to capitalise on the new capabilities in future 5G releases for our automation solutions.”
Through the deployment of a 5G private wireless network, KUKA says it will ensure that it can maximise the potential of upcoming 3GPP Releases 16 and 17. In network deployment, Nokia DAC’s manager portal will enable KUKA to configure the network to its specific requirements.
As part of the multiyear subscription contract, Nokia will also support KUKA with network deployment, operation support services and training, enabling integration of new use cases that include 5G-based interfaces and components for the KUKA solution portfolio.
“5G is continuously evolving with new capabilities. Advanced automation manufacturers who leverage 5G for their own solutions need to take this into consideration,” said Dirk Lewandowski, Vice President Central and East Europe, Nokia Enterprise. “With KUKA preparing to use 5G in industrial applications, deployment of a Nokia DAC platform will enable it to accelerate development of smart automation solutions for its customers.”
Nokia says the DAC platform offers reliable high-bandwidth, low-latency private networking, local edge computing capabilities, voice and video services, and a range of applications. It comprises network and user equipment, a cloud-based operation monitoring system, and industrial connectors that ease standard and industry-specific protocol connectivity. It also features a new device management capability that seamlessly integrates ruggedised handhelds and other wireless devices.
Companies already utilising Nokia’s technology for private wireless networking include Toyota Production Engineering Company, Arçelik Turkey and WEG Brazil. With more than 290 large enterprise customers across industries worldwide, of which over 40 incorporate 5G, Nokia has been cited by numerous industry analysts as the leading provider of private wireless networking worldwide.
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