Deploy a 5G MPN in a Manufacturing Plant to Boost operations
The combination of 5G Private Networks and the company Edge Computing Services overcomes these limitations and opens a straight access to innovative solutions that address and solve some of the daily challenges that companies have, some of them being:
A chemical plant is a high-risk environment where people, vehicles and assets should be located anytime.
Maintenance and safety require a daily dedication but the senior maintenance team cannot take care in real time of all the reported questions and incidents as they typically have to move and take personal care of all them.
An available private Edge Computing platform allows testing and deploying in a fast and easy way SW solutions that can deal with those daily situations.
Also, an Edge Services platform has been built and placed in a small data center inside Company facilities. Network functions and apps are managed by SI and delivered as-a-service to the Company.
The Edge Platform can host any kind of service that the Company may be interested in. The initial four ones are:
Each truck’s plate is registered at the entry gate and its final destination inside the facility associated to it. At each crossroads, a Cam connected to the 5G MPN sends images to the Edge server where a video analytics sw reads the truck’s plate and shows it in a LED display together with an arrow indicating the direction the driver must take, after a routing algorithm is applied.
Ultra-accurate geolocation (<1m) of every employer using a unit control placed either on the belt or helm. It is possible to locate with less than 10cm of accuracy an employee/asset through his regular cellphone by installing an app that extracts data from the GPS sensor and sends it to the Edge Server where a correction algorithm is applied. Employee positions are shown in a Google Maps dashboard.
An AR-powered app enables the senior maintenance team to assist from their office position the outdoor teams that are closer to industrial systems, pipes, etc. The employee in the field points its cellphone camera to wires, pipes, HMIs etc and the expert can make anotations with his finger in the shared screen to ensure instructions are clear. Overall preventive and corrective maintenance efficiency improves dramatically with the use of such a simple tool, enabled by the 5G MPN.
1:1 and group call voice/video communication can be deployed as an Android app on the maintenance team cellphones, bringing a much better experience than former TETRA walkie-talkie systems.
What the company perceives about this delivery model is:
Lower CAPEX, lower OPEX
High Mobility indoor and outdoor availability
Ultra-fast delivery of solutions
Deployment of new Edge services can be done in days, and smoothly.
Deployment time: 2-3 days
instead of 1-2 weeks.
Increase Company’s willingness to onboard new services
Unleash the access to the full innovation cycle
With automation, applications can be integrated at a lower cost.
Efficiency is improved and thus, capacity for innovation grows exponentially.
Enable the digital substation with Edge Computing