NTT, Schneider Electric to build private 5G to connect IoT, edge AI at showcase Smart Factory

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NTT, Schneider Electric to build private 5G to connect IoT, edge AI at showcase Smart Factory

NTT Ltd. is collaborating with Schneider Electric to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private network solution and digitization enabling platform that can dramatically advance digital solutions in the manufacturing environment. The long-standing partnership between NTT and Schneider Electric builds on existing joint strategic innovations that help clients achieve efficiency and sustainability goals with advanced digital processes within the Connected Industries sectors.

In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’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 drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use-cases that 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, enabling Network Edge platforms.

Additional P5G use-cases to be addressed include:

  • Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems.
  • Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance to ensure high performance, availability, and quality of product.
  • Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for enhanced equipment maintenance and management and 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% operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd QTR 2022.

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