Global communications technology provider Nokia and IT infrastructure services company Kyndryl have formed a global network and edge computing alliance, which aims to help enterprise customers accelerate their digital transformations through wireless networking private “reliable and secure industrial-grade” LTE and 5G.
Outlining the background to their partnership, the companies said asset-intensive industries are embracing intelligent, autonomous systems powered by data and machine learning to improve agility, productivity and efficiency.
In particular, private wireless connectivity is key to adding new data sources and layers of analysis, for real-time process management, and to facilitate use cases for automation, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality.
Nokia currently claims to support more than 420 large enterprise private wireless customers spanning manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, energy and utilities, transportation and smart cities, enabling them to take advantage of “hyper-fast” data transfer speeds, low latency, data information and encryption that protects sensitive information.
The partnership builds on a private wireless connectivity project the companies worked on that combined the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) application platform with consultancy, design, implementation and management of Kyndryl.
The solution is designed to support the shift to Industry 4.0, which Nokia says is transforming the way companies manufacture and distribute their products by interacting with the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, AI and other advancements in their environments and operations.
The companies said they share the belief that private wireless networks on LTE and 5G will enable new levels of operational flexibility and adaptability across a wide range of asset-intensive industries, with manufacturing as a segment main market.
“As businesses across all industries seek new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing are growing so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies,” said Paul Savill, Global Head of network and edge computing for Kyndryl.
“By collaborating with Nokia, we are taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure and private environment that helps them deliver cutting-edge, tailored enterprise-grade solutions that drive new value for their bottom line and future generation customer experiences.
Chris Johnson, Head of Global Enterprise Business at Nokia, added: “By combining Kyndryl’s world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia’s industry-leading wireless and industrial computing solutions, we will enable even more more organizations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitization journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0. »
The two companies said their collaboration has already resulted in real-world private LTE and 5G deployments and several proof-of-concept (PoC) applications for Dow Inc to support worker security and collaboration compatible with industry 4.0, asset tracking and other capabilities using a plan it plans to expand and deploy to its locations worldwide.
Going forward, they plan to explore and develop new integrated solutions and services for edge cloud, IP networking, optics, fixed access, 4G network and core operating software technologies and 5G that can meet the growing demand for mission-critical, industrial-grade wireless services. networking to capitalize on what they see as the transformational benefits of digitalization and automation.