First Industrial 5G Network at Schneider Electric Plant

Schneider Electric, a leader in providing digital power management and automation solutions, and Orange, an international telecom operator and digital services provider, announced the world's first industrial corporate 5G network.

LE VAUDREUIL, FRANCE

Schneider Electric, a leader in providing digital power management and automation solutions, and Orange, an international telecom operator and digital services provider, announced the world's first industrial corporate 5G network. The backbone network and radio access network of the project were built on five Nokia base stations. Tests were conducted simultaneously under several scenarios using 5G technologies. The goal of the project is to test the 5G application in a modern industrial enterprise to create a reliable and scalable telecommunications solution.
2,000 sq. m - area of 5G network deployment
1,000 Mbps
- network speed

PERIPHERAL COMPUTING

The experimental architecture of the deployed 5G network enables data processing on subscriber devices using peripheral computing technologies. It is a distributed computing environment able to place enterprise applications closer to data sources (IoT devices, local edge servers). Orange used the recently released industrial laptop Dell Latitude 9510 with 5G support as a peripheral device.

As a result, several potential opportunities were identified:
  • Peripheral computing allows you to analyze and filter data closer to sensors. Moreover, only relevant data are sent to the cloud.
  • If necessary, sensitive data can be processed on site where they are protected from direct network connections. This provides a higher level of control over the data confidentiality.
  • Cloud storage capacity and network bandwidth requirements are reduced and associated costs decrease herewith because sensor data can be processed directly at the periphery and are not largely sent to the cloud.

AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGIES

Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor (AOA) application was used to evaluate the benefit of minimum signal latency at maximum network bandwidth and improves the efficiency of enterprise employees. Once the AOA is installed on the 5G-connected tablets, all the technician has to do is to point the camera at the plant's equipment, and it immediately receives data on its condition and required maintenance. In addition, the AOA production data are collected and processed in Schneider Electric micro data centers (such as Smart Bunker or Micro Data Center 6U Wall Mount) that locally provide power, cooling and IT infrastructure protection.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric
"Health, economic and climate challenges make digitalization more important than ever before. A pilot project conducted with Orange at the Le Vaudreuil factory confirmed the promising use of 5G in projects involving augmented reality and remote machine control as well as in places where fast access to real-time data is essential. The reliability, scalability and resilience of 5G make the tested solution adaptable for use with Industry 4.0 technologies."

TELEPRESENCE ROBOT CONTROL

Another use case for 5G involves controlling the AXYN mobile telepresence robot for remote visits. It was tested by Schneider Electric and Orange at the Schneider Electric model factory in Le Vaudreuil which demonstrates all benefits of Industry 4.0. Here, 5G allows to stream very high quality video with minimal delay in the interaction between the virtual visitor and the Schneider Electric guide who accompanies the robot throughout the tour. Remote visits with high-quality video and audio will help to minimize travel time and costs and, most importantly, to reduce the carbon footprint while providing the end user with a unique experience.
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