Nokia and Indian state owned operator BSNL have announced a collaboration to use LTE technology to improve operational efficiency at Nokia's Chennai manufacturing plant.
The project, which the companies are billing as India's first real world application of the Industry 4.0 concept, will see Nokia's Chennai factory adopt advanced technologies to enhance operations and increase productivity.
These technologies will include augmented and virtual reality, connected robotics, AI, big data analytics and IoT capability.
Nokia deployed the LTE network using its Micro Core Network and Multi-access Edge Computing platform.
Nokia and BSNL aim to use the project to demonstrate the ability to leverage automation across industries, and how the experience can be replicated in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, public safety and disaster management.
BSNL has undertaken several initiatives to ensure India keeps pace with 5G evolution globally. Nokia is already one of our key partners in developing the 5G ecosystem, and now we are exploring use cases such as Industry 4.0 that can benefit tremendously with 5G,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Srivastava said.
“This network deployment for Industry 4.0 at Nokia's Chennai factory that can be scaled to 5G demonstrates our preparedness to take advantage of new opportunities that will emerge with 5G and IoT in India."