Swedish vendor Ericsson has signed a partnership with European network provider and system integrator Mugler for private 5G industrial networks in Germany.
The two companies had previously carried out a collaboration in the field of private campus networks.
In a release, Ericsson noted that the new private networks will be powered by its private 5G solution, which uses a single-server 5G dedicated network based on a dual-mode core and can support both LTE and 5G Standalone simultaneously.
The solution will enable the implementation of 5G private networks by German firms across a wide range of sectors, the partners said, including manufacturing, energy utilities, offshore and processing industries, ports, airports and healthcare. Ericsson said that its private 5G solution keeps data on-premise, is designed to fit a range of deployment sizes and enables businesses to manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.
According to Ericsson, potential use cases include digital twins to optimize operations such as tracking assets; real-time automation; more efficient quality inspections via augmented reality; and smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.