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We work with a broad group of industries, enterprises and institutions, from public safety to railways, from large enterprises to energy and water companies, and from healthcare to academic institutions, amongst others.

Road accidents claim more than 1.3 million lives each year, with a further 50 million people are injured in traffic accidents. Human error causes 90 percent of these accidents. Connected cars further improve the quality and safety of automated driving and have the potential to prevent millions of traffic accidents thus saving lives. Field-proven in the global telecommunications market, our advanced networking, communications and cloud solutions address automotive industry requirements for connectivity, security and an extended, integrated ecosystem.

Demonstrating the use of 4G LTE in Japan to deliver cost-efficient, low-latency connectivity for vehicles

Nokia and KDDI have successfully demonstrated the use of LTE in Japan to deliver cost-efficient, low-latency connectivity for vehicles. The trials are the first in the world to use LTE broadcast, implementing the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service standard in two connected car applications, and demonstrating the potential of cellular technology to enable fully automated driving in the future.

Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology is designed to connect vehicles to each other, to communications network infrastructure, and to roadside sensors, including connectivity to traffic lights, radar and other functions. For the proof-of-concept trials in Japan, Nokia and KDDI focused on vehicle to network usecase and used non-integrated systems in cars interacting with sensors via the Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platform, which enables significantly reduced network latency.

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5G connectivity will further fuel vehicle innovation

Adding Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) connectivity to the timeline with innovations does not change the challenge that Ford formulated: how can we make a ‘connected car’ more than an ‘autonomous horse’? And what will be the impact of new information and communication technologies like 5G wireless networks, software platforms, and the Internet of Things on road safety, business models and the user experience of drivers and passengers?

Gartner predicts that by 2020, about one in five vehicles on the road will have some form of wireless network connection, evolving from satellite, 3G cellular, and LTE to 5G wireless. 5G will become the unifying technology for V2X communication, providing high capacity, low latency, and strong security to support extremely diverse applications for drivers, passengers, and car manufacturers and service providers.

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Automated driving meets intelligent infrastructure

Believe it or not – automated driving made it to the stage at one of the coolest meets and greets these days – the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week in Austin, Texas. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, a first-time visitor to SXSW, spoke about his vision for future mobility and the importance of excellent digital maps in this vision. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, he also said it's no longer good enough to be better than a German competitor from Bavaria. Instead, Daimler would have to be better than all companies which are driving future mobility – a clear hint towards Google and Apple.

What does this tell us? SXSW has grown-up? Maybe. But more importantly, it shows that the car industry is in the middle of a digital transformation and has clearly understood that they need new partners and new ecosystems to be successful in the future – like many of those creative people, digital community and start-ups who attended SXSW.

Elsewhere, new ecosystems are forming too. For example, the collaborative research project “MEC-View” in Ulm, which includes Nokia, the University and the city of Ulm, Osram, Daimler, Bosch, TomTom and others.

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Railway infrastructure is a critical for a strong and sustainable economic environment in any country or region. Ensuring safety is still the main concern. Communication networks play a crucial role in helping railway operators and public transport authorities ensure on-time, safe and connected journeys.

Poland's state-owned railway operator to enhance railway security and reliability throughout the country

Nokia, together with its partners Herkules, Pozbud and Wasko, and Poland's state-owned railway operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PKP PLK) have signed a five-year contract to deploy a nationwide turnkey GSM-R and mission-critical backhaul network to enhance railway security and reliability throughout the country. This project, Nokia's largest-ever GSM-R contract, will provide PKP/PLK with one of the biggest state-of-the-art railway communications networks in Europe.

Once completed, the new network will enable the PLK railway company to fulfil European Union requirements for ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), the bloc's European-wide standard for railway signaling. The project is majority funded by the EU, and complemented by Polish State funds.

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Malaysia launched its first Mass Rapid Transit line with a mission-critical communications network ultimately covering 51 km and serving the 1.2 million residents of Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia launched its first Mass Rapid Transit line with the help of Nokia and LG CNS. Nokia supplied a mission-critical communications network to LG CNS - a Korea-based systems integrator - that is providing essential support for railway operations on the new SBK line that will ultimately cover 51 km and serve the 1.2 million residents in and around Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Northern section of the SBK line (phase 1) has been in operation since December 2016, and the Southern and underground section (phase 2) was planned to be operational by the end of July 2017.  

For the project, Nokia is providing a backbone transmission network based on Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology to support a variety of both passenger and operational services, including passenger information and security systems, wireless transmission and operational support subsystems such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), maintenance management system (MMS), automated fare collection (AFC) and more.

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Our critical communication solutions form the foundation for smart airports, deliver on the key Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) requirements and bring broadband to the skies. Our solutions help ensure safe, on-time and connected journeys.

Making our skies safer with communications networks

With passenger volume set to double in the next ten years and demand for new aircraft also expected to double by 2034, there is no doubt that demand for airspace capacity is soaring. This fast-growing demand can also be attributed to the advent of new entrants to the aviation ecosystem such as drones, which are becoming a common element in our skies, particularly over more densely populated areas. Accordingly, the air traffic management (ATM) environment is becoming increasingly complicated, and approaches to managing it need be become ever-more sophisticated.

As with most highly complex, and technical societal challenges, ATM systems depend on advanced information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures – networks – to get the job done.

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Modernizing the mission-critical communications network that is at the heart of Switzerland's air traffic control system

Nokia and Skyguide announced the first stage of a successful modernization of the mission-critical communications network that is at the heart of Switzerland's air traffic control system. The new network from Nokia, which will continue to be rolled out over the course of 2017, is enabling skyguide to enhance the management of both civil and military air traffic throughout the country, and is also supporting services such as its aeronautical information service which ensures the flow of information necessary for the safety and efficiency of international air travel. 
 
For this project Nokia supplied its Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology, which provides the high-performance, reliability, resiliency, security and efficiency needed to support extremely demanding, latency-sensitive services. The IP/MPLS network delivers more capacity and replaces earlier generation, legacy equipment which is reaching end-of-life.

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Academia

Our work with academic institutions ranges from collaborative research, training programs, and events that foster innovation, to supporting talent and continuous learning. In addition, our University Donations Program enhances collaboration between the world’s leading experts from universities around the world with the aim of promoting scientific exploration, talent, and knowledge creation.

The Distinguished Academic Partner (DAP) program has been established by Nokia Bell Labs to bring the best and brightest minds together to solve the greatest human needs challenges.
 

Helping machines get in touch – literally

Strengthening cooperation in augmented intelligence and quantum technologies research

Collaborating on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G

Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Nokia will join the university's UTS: Rapido, a new technology development unit, and collaborate on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.

In the technology partnership with UTS: Rapido - established to help businesses unlock the potential of IoT - Nokia will work on advanced engineering projects that support the development of future network services to address the specific technological challenges of service providers and enterprises. Nokia and UTS will also explore the expansion of the advanced engineering activity into new areas of innovation and proof-of-concept development.

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Conducting the world's first 'mixed reality' neurosurgical live streaming in Finland

Nokia announced the world's first 'mixed reality' neurosurgical live streaming conducted at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. The procedure was livestreamed to approximately 100 neurosurgeons using Nokia's OZO Live to provide a more immersive view of the surgery and operating room coordination.

The live streaming trial is part of a joint project called "Media meets Medicine", and was completed in collaboration with Helsinki University Hospital (HUH) Neurosurgery Department, a world-leading department for its expertise in all subsections of neurosurgery. Nokia sees virtual reality completely transforming how people can experience the world together; the live streaming at HUH showcases how virtual reality can advance the healthcare industry by delivering an immersive experience, regardless of the location of the viewers.

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