Huawei showcases digital transformation technology at Hannover MESSE 2016
Leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, has showcased a number of new Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing products and solutions at Hannover MESSE 2016, which began on April 25th and ends on April 29th. Based around the theme of 'Leading New ICT, Enabling Digital Transformation', Huawei has collaborated with customers and partners as part of its inaugural participation at Hannover MESSE 2016, focussing on several key projects enabling - and driving forward - the ongoing fourth industrial and IoT revolution.
Committed to continuously evolving partnerships which foster open ecosystem development and innovation, the solutions being showcased focus on transforming enterprise ICT systems through cloud computing, high-performance computing, and software-defined networking solutions which promote agility and openness.
Key projects being demonstrated at Hannover MESSE 2016 include:
- Road safety – Working with ESI Group (ESI), Huawei is showcasing a car crash simulation solution based on its high-performance computing (HPC) technology. Modelled on an ESI virtual reality solution, Huawei's HPC simulation provides customers with equivalent digital equipment room layouts to those found in real car crash environments. Leveraging 3D technologies, designers can keep improving virtual prototypes during product R&D to reduce physical prototype hardware requirements. These dramatically reduce design costs and shorten product development cycles when designing and developing new cars
- Agriculture – In collaboration with its partner Fraunhofer, Huawei is demonstrating a jointly-developed solution for HOLMER Maschinenbau GmbH, a leading German agricultural machinery manufacturer. The solution consists of more than 200 sensors collecting operating data generated by HOLMER's agricultural machinery in real time. The ‘big data’ is uploaded through Huawei industrial routers to the cloud for analysis on the data to improve the operating efficiency of HOLMER's agricultural machinery
- Energy – Huawei is showcasing a number of solutions for the energy industry, including an oilfield analytics solution based on SAP HANA, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution, and a gas pipeline monitoring solution
- Predictive maintenance - Huawei is also exhibiting a predictive maintenance solution for elevators. The solution collects the real-time operating data of elevators, and uploads the data through Huawei industrial routers in real time to the control center to improve the O&M efficiency and safety of elevators through the identification of faults prior to their happening
Karabet Krikorian, Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation and WEU Solutions Management at Huawei, said: “Pioneering a new era in ICT innovation, we’re working to ensure our customers are able to quickly reap the rewards of the fourth industrial revolution by developing solutions providing real benefits for enterprises across multiple industries. We work with nearly a thousand partners across Western Europe to jointly develop solutions based on the key principle of openness to ensure full integration and easy deployment. Hannover MESSE 2016 has been a great opportunity to bring these experiences to life.”
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.