Volvo’s 5G first

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Telia, Ericsson and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use today at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna.

Volvo-5G

Telia, Ericsson and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use today at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna.

The 5G network will be used at Volvo CE’s research and development facility at Eskilstuna to further develop solutions for remote control of construction machinery and fully automated solutions. It will also be used to increase understanding of how connected machines can increase value for the end user.

"Automation has several levels and having 5G is an important technical support to enable us to drive development in this area," Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg says.

"These trials in Eskilstuna will include the remote control of a conventional wheel loader but also further tests of the HX2 concept load carrier.

Even with fully-automated systems, human intervention is still needed now and again for control. Todays’ remote-control technology has a time lag that makes it difficult to control at high speed or with high precision. 5G will make remote control simpler and safer.

"With extremely short response times, high capacity, and a high level of accessibility to the mobile network, commercial and standardized 5G technology can be used for applications such as remote control of heavy machinery in real time," Ericsson head of research Magnus Frodigh says.

Volvo CE, Telia and Ericsson have worked together before to deploy the latest technology to contribute to safer and more efficient mining, and in mid-2018, Volvo CE joined Telia's 5G partner programme. Volvo says it expects to be able to apply the lessons learned from tests at Eskilstuna to its global activities.

"We are testing locally in Eskilstuna, but we operate globally," Jernberg continues.

"Connected machines and autonomous solutions are the future. They can give our customers more efficient production, logistics, greater flexibility and safer work."

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