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Nokia unveils third-party applications to help accelerate Industry 4.0 transition

Nokia unveils third-party applications to help accelerate Industry 4.0 transition

Nokia has launched new third-party applications for its MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform to help enterprises collect data from operational technology (OT) assets securely.

Nokia says this ecosystem-neutral approach will accelerate digital transformation and use the GPU capability recently announced for Nokia’s MXIE on-premises OT edge solution.

“These new applications unlock operational technology data from their silos while maintaining data security and privacy, which asset-heavy, mission-critical environments require for digital transformation,” says Stephan Litjens, the VP of enterprise solutions at Nokia.

According to Nokia, there are hurdles that companies encounter when transitioning to digital operations. These include gathering, merging and evaluating data from different devices and systems and guaranteeing the security of sensitive data when shared with other cloud networks.

Nokia MXIE is a converged compute platform that supports private wireless networks and hosts OT edge computing applications, Nokia says. Its 4.9G/5G private wireless connectivity gives enterprises low-latency data processing capabilities to make data usable, actionable and secure. Nokia executives say this facilitates use cases including early alerts, anomaly detection, condition monitoring, preventive/predictive maintenance and digital twins.

Advanced IIoT edge platforms that facilitate a holistic view of enterprise-wide data, along with advanced security, are fundamental to enterprises seeking to accelerate their digital transformation to meet Industry 4.0 standards and create maximum business value,” adds Litjens.

Meanwhile, the Nokia Industrial Application Catalog offers a variety of newly added solutions to improve productivity in manufacturing environments, including Atos Computer Vision – Quality Inspector, which uses AI for defect detection; Crosser, a low code streaming analytics and integration platform for industrial IoT; Litmus Edge, an industrial edge data platform that uses data for operations transformation; and Palo Alto Networks Next-Gen Firewall, which provides advanced security powered by AI and ML.

Nokia has also partnered with Kyndryl, an IT infrastructure services provider, to combine network, integration services and edge advisory with Nokia’s private wireless networks. Nokia believes this collaboration will allow industrial customers to achieve high-performance wireless connectivity in mission-critical environments.

Kyndryl uses Nokia MXIE to provide customers with end-to-end industrial solutions that enable predictive maintenance, improved worker safety and quality assurance, the company says. These solutions help to streamline operations sustainably in various industries, such as manufacturing, energy and gas, and mining.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Nokia by integrating some of our customers’ mission-critical applications — Litmus Edge and Palo Alto Next Gen Firewall — on the Nokia MX Industrial Edge,” says Chris McReynolds, the VP of offering management, network and edge practice at Kyndryl.

Earlier this year, Kyndryl made a three-year agreement with Nokia to develop and enhance private wireless services based on LTE and 5G for Industry 4.0. The partnership allows customers to benefit from the combined strengths of Kyndryl’s speedy network deployment and Nokia’s cellular radio expertise.

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