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Nokia and WEG Brazil launch Industry 4.0 project with 5G standalone private wireless

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Nokia and WEG Brazil launch Industry 4.0 project with 5G standalone private wireless

  • Research trial will leverage Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) to demonstrate the quality and value of a private 5G standalone (SA) network
  • Project in partnership with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development and National Telecommunications Agency at WEG factory in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina

4 March 2021

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and WEG have launched the Open Lab WEG/V2COM project to accelerate the development of Industry 4.0 solutions using the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform.

Open Lab WEG/V2COM is being run in partnership with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) and the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). The pioneering project will utilize Nokia DAC to validate the quality and economic value of solutions developed through the partnership.

Nokia DAC 5G standalone (SA) platform offers reliable high-bandwidth, low-latency private networking, local edge computing capabilities, voice and video services, as well as a catalog of applications. It is a compact, easy-to-deploy platform, comprising network equipment, a cloud-based operation monitoring system and industrial connectors that ease standard and industry-specific protocol connectivity.

The collaborative one-year project will be conducted in a real-life production environment in WEG's factory in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina. The results will be combined with other independent studies being carried out by Anatel, which is examining business use cases for 5G private wireless.

The plant will function as a laboratory where a private 5G network will be tested alongside a conventional mobile operator network. Several practical and advanced use cases for Industry 4.0 will be developed to verify the productivity gains that the solution can bring, enabling consolidation of consistent models for applications in industrial automation projects.

Looking towards post-pandemic technology and the best conditions for use of 5G, two radio frequencies will be evaluated: one below 6 GHz and the highest, between 27.5 GHz and 27.9 GHz. An independent research institute will analyze the performance of each.

Guilherme Spina, Director at V2Com-WEG Group, said: “This 5G project will not only enable us to support the research about 5G deployments in Brazil but it will also accelerate the development of tests, products and solutions for our customers.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said: "This project with WEG is the latest example of Nokia's use of 5G private wireless to implement Industry 4.0 in Brazil through our role as a leading supplier and technology partner. Through our technology, we are bringing increased productivity to a myriad of sectors in the critical post-pandemic landscape, and we are committed to meet various industry demands, including high-quality training of personnel, our project with OpenLab Senai, and use cases such as those being tested and applied by WEG."

Nokia has more than 260 large enterprise private wireless customers across industries worldwide, of which over 40 incorporate 5G.

Additional resources:

•           Web page: From now to next: Nokia Industrial-grade Private Wireless

•           Web page: Nokia Digital Automation Cloud

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About WEG
Founded in 1961, WEG is a global electronic equipment company, operating mainly in the capital goods sector with solutions in electrical machines, automation and paints, for several sectors, including infrastructure, steel, pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining , among many others. WEG stands out in innovation for the constant development of solutions to meet the major trends focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric mobility. With industrial operations in 12 countries and commercial presence in more than 135 countries, the company has more than 30 thousand employees distributed around the world. In 2019, WEG achieved net sales of R $ 13.3 billion, 58% of which came from sales outside Brazil.

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