Jun 2, 2021

Ericsson launches Private 5G to enable Industry 4.0

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5G
digitaltransformation
connectivity
Kate Birch
2 min
Swedish telco giant Ericsson launches next-generation Private 5G to drive Industry 4.0 digital transformation for manufacturing, mining, utilities, ports

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G, offering secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity aimed at Industry 4.0 and boosting digital transformation.

The Swedish communications technology and services giant, headquartered in Stockholm, says the solution primarily targets manufacturing, mining and process industries, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.

Ericsson Private 5G uses cloud-based network management to keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

Importantly, Ericsson claims it can be installed at any facility in just a few hours and can be scaled to include greater coverage, more devices and higher capacity to meet demand. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.

Private 5G leverages 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments. It could be used to track assets, provide real-time automation, or create a digital twin to optimize manufacturing.

“With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson's current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology,” says Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson.

“We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets – in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.

What Private 5G can bring to Industry 4.0

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, adds: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilise efficiency and safety improving use cases.”

5G’s reliability, high speeds and bandwidth also open up new possibilities that previously did not exist, allowing companies to develop new ways of working based on live data from the edge.

“Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production,” says Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT.

“Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”

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Jun 21, 2021

How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans

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NASCAR
3 min
Customer obsession and working backwards from the customer is a mantra of Amazon Web Services (AWS), epitomizing its partnership with NASCAR

AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”

AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”

Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”

Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”

Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using  ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”

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