Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Toyota Production Engineering Corporation (TPEC) to deploy an industrial-grade private wireless network at its manufacturing design center in Fukuoka, Japan. It will work with local systems integrator, NS Solutions, to deliver the project.
This is a much-needed boost for Nokia, which has lost out to rivals in a number of headline tenders recently, and it comes in the same week that the Finnish telecoms company announced the next generation of its 5G Airscale Cloud RAN solution, based on Open RAN.
“Working with NSSOL as our systems integration partner, our 5G-ready private wireless network solution will enable TPEC to integrate next-generation manufacturing use cases that help accelerate its digital transformation, and realize its future automotive IoT vision,” said Donny Janssens, Customer Team Head of Enterprise, Nokia Japan. “Together with NSSOL, and TOYOTA’s closest partner TPEC, we are delivering a breakthrough in the domestic automotive industry.”
Pushing the boundaries
TPEC pushes the boundaries of digital engineering technology, using new hardware and software to innovate production processes, developing new tools and processes in vehicle manufacture. Initially, TPEC will test a private LTE/4.9G network will be deployed at TPEC’s site, supporting a range of IoT-based devices, and will eventually be upgraded to 5G, featuring ultra-low latency to support even faster throughput.
“TPEC conducts R&D on cutting-edge facilities and technologies, and is responsible for production preparation, facility development and design, and quality data management,” said Akihiro Onishi, Engineering Fellow, Engineering Innovation Division, Toyota Production Engineering Corporation. “By adding Nokia 5G private networking to our capability, we will contribute to TOYOTA's manufacturing through this new digital engineering technology.”
Nokia will implement the network using Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), an industrial-grade global digital automation service platform, which provides a compact, plug-and-play system, including 4.9G/5G network equipment (core network, base station) and a cloud-based operation monitoring system.
NS Solutions Corporation (NSSOL), the integration partner on the project, will provide wireless area design, license application support, system construction, and on-going maintenance and operation.
“We are pleased to play a part in the realization of TPEC's advanced digital transformation initiatives,” said Toshiaki Yoshida, General Manager, Telecom Solutions Business Department, NS Solutions. “Through this project, together with TPEC and Nokia, we would like to do our utmost to support digital transformation in the automobile manufacturing industry.”