May 16, 2020

JCB India utilises Wipro's cloud-based IoT platform

Wipro
cloud technology
IT
Manufacturing
Nell Walker
2 min
Wipro’s cloud-based IoT platform helps connect over 10,000 JCB India construction equipment machines
Wipro Ltd., a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has announced that it has achieved a significant...

Wipro Ltd., a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has announced that it has achieved a significant milestone in its ongoing Internet of Things (IoT) deployment for JCB India Ltd, a leading construction equipment manufacturer. JCB’s Livelink telematics system has successfully connected over 10,000 pieces of construction equipment and machines, such as backhoe loaders, excavators and compact wheel loaders, deployed for its customers across India.

The Livelink IoT solution has been designed and deployed on Wipro’s cloud-based industrial asset platform. Wipro’s after-markets solution team, a part of the manufacturing and hi-tech SBU brought together a consortium of specialist partners to provide the turnkey solution, and is responsible for ongoing deployment and support.

The Livelink system allows JCB to remotely monitor the real-time health and performance of JCB assets in the field. The predictive capability of the platform helps all stake holders to collaborate in ensuring operational availability of the asset whereby maximizing the value derived from it. The geo-fencing feature prevents misuse and theft of assets, whilst allowing asset owners to enforce contract compliance. The stakeholders have already started to see the benefit of the solution.

“IoT is an emerging technology domain and one where there are no proven paths for success. Wipro has been a trusted partner through the design and deployment of JCB’s Livelink IoT solution. Through a combination of strong technology expertise and excellent program management capabilities, Wipro has provided end-to-end integrated support to enable this milestone for our customers,” said Vipin Sondhi, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, JCB India Limited.

“IoT presents a huge opportunity for industrial manufacturers world-wide and this platform is one of the few live cases. We are privileged to have partnered with JCB India to bring the Livelink initiative to life. Today, we are delighted to have over 10,000 JCB machines across India, running successfully on Wipro’s cloud-based industrial internet platform. This platform provides an ideal base for us to deliver differentiated value to JCB’s end customers," said N. S. Bala, Chief Executive, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech Industry SBU, Wipro Limited. 

 

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

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). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

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

 

5G Now

“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.

 

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