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Kalmar rolls out standalone 5G network for automation facility

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Kalmar has implemented a new standalone 5G network for its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland. 

Together with Telia and Telia’s partners Digita and Nokia, at Tampere Kalmar can develop new integrated solutions for the product development of communication and cargo handling technologies.

Tampere has the industry’s largest port automation test field with world-class facilities and laboratories for prototyping, simulation, testing, monitoring, and optimisation.

The standalone 5G network implemented is one of the most extensive implementations in the world.

The network enables utilisation of the latest 5G features: including private networks, network slicing, and highly uniform automation implementations.

Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions, said, “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.”

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.

Janne Koistinen, Director of Telia’s 5G Programme, added, 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,”

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