Nokia Deploys Private LTE for BMW and Partners with Bosch Rexroth
Nokia, one of the big three telecom equipment vendors, has created a private LTE network with China Unicom for a BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. plant (BMW Group JV) in China. The plant will feature connected video surveillance equipment, asset tracking, connected tools, connected PLCs, connected AGVs, and various other equipment with Multi-access Edge computing (MEC) over the private LTE network.
Additionally, Nokia has partnered with Bosch Rexroth as Bosch attempts to build cellular connectivity into several pieces of its industrial equipment such as PLCs, drives, or even tools such as screwdrivers to sync wirelessly with MES systems and ensure that each screw gets the right amount of torque at the right angle.
Over the past two years, network vendors have touted private LTE as a stepping stone to 5G in the manufacturing sector but have not seen the demand or adoption they initially expected. Announcements such as these provide an opportunity for Nokia to demonstrate the business benefits of its technology in the sector.
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