NTT and Schneider Electric Join Forces to Power IoT Environments With Private Wireless Network Trials

NTT Ltd. announced its collaboration with Schneider Electric to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private wireless network solution and digitization enabling platform that can help to advance digital solutions in the manufacturing environment. The long-standing partnership between NTT and Schneider Electric builds on existing joint strategic innovations that can help clients achieve its efficiency and sustainability goals by deploying digital processes within multiple industry sectors.

In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider Electric’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site leveraging IoT connectivity, edge analytics, and predictive analytics to help drive energy efficiency and further its sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use cases that help to solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. For example, the companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialized optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time.

Through co-innovation, the solution will provide a model for operational integrity management that scales across a broad footprint of global factory environments to power Industry 4.0, further enabling network edge platforms.

Additional P5G use cases to be addressed include:

Widespread connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems.

Machine vision applications to detect anomalies in machine performance that helps to ensure higher performance, availability, and quality of product.

Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for more enhanced equipment maintenance and management as well as a more immersive worker experience.

To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centers with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data center to integrate and test its edge offerings using EcoStruxure solutions. This is expected to be 100 percent operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd Quarter 2022.

Schneider Electric’s prefabricated data centers help cloud and service providers to scale more quickly and efficiently while also meeting their sustainability goals. In addition to up to a 60 percent reduction in downtime compared to traditional data centers, these prefabricated modular data centers are manufactured with sustainable construction methods and features that help to boost reliability, optimize operational energy savings, and leave a smaller environmental footprint. 

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