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Ericsson Launches Industry Connect Solution to Accelerate Industry 4.0

By Ken Briodagh
March 26, 2019

According to a recent announcement, Ericsson has launched its new Industry Connect, a cellular connectivity solution to accelerate Industry 4.0 digital transformation. Ericsson Industry Connect enables communication service providers to offer dedicated cellular networks at factories and warehouses starting with 4G/LTE, with a clear path to 5G.

The offering reportedly is designed to strengthen Ericsson’s private networks and IoT portfolios by making 4G and 5G technologies accessible to new industrial markets. Purpose-built for industrial environments such as factories and warehouses, the dedicated cellular connectivity solution enables secure, reliable coverage with high device density and predictable latency.

With a network management experience designed to be easy to use and manage for information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) professionals, the solution aims to make cellular technology rapidly deployable for factory and warehouse staff.

Ericsson Industry Connect can enable Industry 4.0 use cases like: digital twin inspection, mobility for human machine interface (HMI) instructions for workers, collision avoidance and remote control for autonomous guided vehicles, and collaborative robotics for automated operations.

“Ericsson Industry Connect is built on design thinking to meet industrial customers’ requirements on speed, reliability and security, while being easy to install and manage,” said Åsa Tamsons, SVP, Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson. “It helps enterprises to accelerate their automation and operational efficiency to the next level. It complements service providers’ offerings to enterprises with a solution that is easy to scale. Ericsson Industry Connect increases the relevance of cellular solutions in the high growing segment of industrial connectivity - leveraging Ericsson’s technology leadership, strength in connectivity, and R&D investments to date.”

Scania, Swedish provider of transport solutions, reportedly has already implemented Ericsson Industry Connect in its smart production lab in Södertälje, Sweden.

“High quality, fast, and secure connectivity of our industrial environment is now an absolute must for us,” said Roger Hartonen, Senior Manager Industrial IT, Scania Group. “Ericsson Industry Connect gives us reliable wireless connectivity which will enable flexibility for us on the factory floor. At Scania, we are driving the shift toward sustainable transport by continuously innovating our manufacturing processes.”


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Edited by Ken Briodagh
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