Nokia creates the perfect pint with 5G technology
The world continues to witness more innovations and use cases using 5G technology. As 5G continues to be adopted by more companies, some of the use cases that have been enabled have not only improved products and services, but also revolutionized certain processes.
Digital twin technology has improved a lot in recent times, as 5G technology has improved sensor latency to ensure more accurate readings on digital twins. Although digital twins were initially only found in manufacturing centers and in the oil and gas industry, use cases have now expanded to other industries as well.
For example, in Australia, Nokia and Sydney University of Technology (UTS) have announced the success of the operation of the world’s first private wireless and connected 5G digital microbrewery. The state-of-the-art facility is part of UTS’s Industry 4.0 research site and enables thirsty researchers to perfect the art of brewing in the 21st century through digital automation.
Using a cloud-based digital twin from a real brewery to optimize the brewing process, UTS Nano-Brewery Industry 4.0 is part of its new advanced manufacturing and industrial data science test bench developed in the UTS Tech Lab.
Nano-Brewery is part of an international production network, with an identical physical twin established at TU University in Dortmund, Germany. The 5G Connected Brewery captures and monitors production data at every step of the brewing process and uses that data, along with data from the Dortmund physical twin and a digital twin in the cloud, to optimize the process.
5G connectivity is provided by Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateways connected to a standalone private wireless digital network of Nokia Digital Automation Cloud 5G across campus. The 5G private wireless network is offered through several small Nokia AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) cells located on the campus of the UTS Tech Lab.
The 5G private wireless network is part of the Nokia 5G Futures Lab in situ, which opened in November 2021 and is already used to support other Industry 4.0 projects within the Tech Lab, such as the Nokia project. / UTS 5G Connected Cobots funded by the Australian government.
According to Professor Jochen Deuse, Director of the UTS Advanced Manufacturing Center, the goal is to promote the principles of Industry 4.0 to local industry by providing a test bench that provides partners with the keys to improving their own manufacturing processes. and gain business intelligence.
“Our international collaboration with TU Dortmund and Nokia allows us to globalize the results of our test bench,” said Professor Deuse.
For Tommi Uitto, President of Nokia Mobile Networks, “Installing UTS Industry 4.0 is an exciting environment to develop and test new use cases of 5G technology.
“At Digital Brewery, we show how 5G private wireless networks and cloud-based technologies help streamline the brewing process, and we’re getting closer and closer to getting the perfect pint,” Uitto added.
The 5G Futures Lab continues to research the application of 5G and 6G in cybersecurity, advanced antennas and mmWave technologies, virtual and augmented reality, data science and AI. Projects also focus on the potential of 5G and 6G to advance Industry 4.0 and deliver new power Internet capabilities through smart grids, energy storage, and wireless power transfer.