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Private wireless networking for the logistics industry

With the boom in e-commerce, the global logistic market is getting more complex. This is driving the industry to automate operations and digitally transform in order to meet the delivery demands of customers. The global enterprise business in first-, second- and third-party logistics has a unique opportunity to deploy private wireless networks for seamless indoor and outdoor low latency connectivity by leveraging all available spectrum assets. This will help with automated stored and retrieval systems, industrial IoT sensors, robotic process automation, drone industrial inspection and autonomous equipment or vehicles.

Nokia has deployed 140+ private wireless networks for enterprise customers worldwide, including global logistics companies. Our private wireless networks use 4G or 5G spectrum to deliver the highly reliable, broadband wireless connectivity needed by our industrial customers. As the logistics industry evolves to massive IIoT and low latency applications, it will need and demand industrial 4G/5G. Nokia is the leader in providing these next-generation connectivity solutions to industry.

Nokia Bell Labs has developed a vision of the Industry 4.0 transformation, which it calls "Future X for Industries". This visionary approach to private networks for industry is designed to meet the needs of the traditional logistics and supply chain industries, with the goal of streamlining the movement of goods globally using new methods and procedures. The e-commerce business platforms that deliver B2B or B2C goods have disrupted the traditional market flow of products, and the race to capture global retail and consumer markets is well underway. What took days or weeks to deliver now takes less than twenty-four-hours. New entrants to the market have a distinct advantage because they can select the latest technology and geographical positioning to drive the quick delivery of products to the customer. Nokia has the vision and the infrastructure framework needed to unlock the potential of Industry 4.0 for the logistics industry, providing secure private networks for digital transformation and operational efficiency.

Unlike Nokia’s industrial-strength private wireless solution, existing wired or Wi-Fi infrastructure won’t be able to meet the demands of the logistics industry. For instance, in order to utilize available space more efficiently, logistics businesses often use software analytics and data models (spatial and vector) to re-locate equipment and materials within the facility. Wired networks make this expensive and slow. With a private wireless network, machines no longer have to be tethered to a specific position or business configuration. This allows for much greater agility and adaptability.

However, traditional wireless networks, such as Wi-Fi, do not provide the broad and deep coverage both inside and outside the facility that is required. The Nokia industrial wireless solution not only meets these needs, but with fewer access points and with greater penetration (signal strength) to devices. As logistics companies evolve to industry 4.0 technology, the requirements for stability and predictability increases. Nokia’s next-generation private wireless meets the most demanding requirements for low network latency, the highest number of devices connected, and mobility of devices (access point handover). All of these performance criteria are difficult for Wi-Fi to meet, but critical to automate operations and scale the network to meet business requirements. 

This is the time for the logistics industry to begin deploying 4G and 5G private wireless networks. There is new spectrum opening up for in-building and outdoor wireless networking that can be used by private industries. Given the expected number of industrial and commercial devices, global regulators have been opening up spectrum resources that anyone can apply for and use. The device ecosystem continues to evolve at a rapid pace to take advantage of these new spectrum options. If a logistics operator has requirements to use these available spectrum assets to drive their business requirements, Nokia can design a Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) with a different Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) identity for the private wireless network and commercial network usage. 

In order to continuously evolve your logistics operation and embrace the digital and automated Industry 4.0 paradigm, you need a partner like Nokia that can deliver secure and reliable private wireless solutions and has the end-to-end capabilities you need for your ideal network.

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David McKinley

About David McKinley

David McKinley is currently the Enterprise Campaign Strategist for Logistics at Nokia, where he follows the trends in logistics and supply chain industry — defining the go-to-market strategy, route to market, and sales enablement collateral. Previously, he was a Director of Customer Operations E2E solutions team. In this role, he led a team to develop, drive, and integrate new Nokia solutions into AT&T specific Mobility, Fixed or IP/Optical networks.

Mr. McKinley has in-depth expertise in building and testing solution networks that include implementing end-user ecosystem products and applications. During his 20+ years in telecommunication, he has worked with many of the largest global communications service providers and several enterprise vertical markets.

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