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The role of 5G, LTE and Wi-fi in the Industrial IoT

This is an HPE partner blog post by Karl Bream, VP Corporate IoT Strategy & Development at Nokia.

By 2020, approximately 75% of the global population will be connected by mobile. But these connections don’t happen without the underlying network infrastructure. We’re seeing and feeling the impacts of digital transformation, IoT and the cloud as it affects all aspects of our daily lives in some very profound ways.

But there are real challenges in this new digital world.

The data transmission challenges in Industrial IoT 

As the volume and velocity of data generated by Industrial IoT systems continues to increase it cannot be properly supported by legacy communication infrastructures. Today’s industrial companies are faced with the challenge of transitioning their mission critical communication infrastructure to enable digital and automated operations. Legacy networks are just not engineered to support real-time communication of high-volume, bandwidth-hungry, latency sensitive, critical data with the highest QoS.

But a change has begun. Industry 4.0 will help pave the way in this digital transformation journey.

Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing … a few of my favorite things! 

Communications technologies enabling Industrial IoT

The technologies enabling Industry 4.0 include 5G, Private LTE, WING, IMPACT and more.

5G opens up factory automation to the widespread use of wireless connectivity for the first time, bringing substantial installation cost benefits and the ability to quickly reconfigure production for a more flexible manufacturing capability.

LTE makes cable-like reliability and security possible in a wireless technology. A dedicated LTE network can provide the throughput, latency, reliability, wide coverage, and mobility requirements of business critical operations while ensuring high security as the convergence of information and operational technologies (IT and OT) bring greater susceptibility to cyber attacks.

We believe Wi-Fi will remain the connection layer of choice for day to day business communications, LTE overlay will complement Wi-Fi

While we believe Wi-Fi will remain the connection layer of choice for day to day business communications, LTE overlay will complement Wi-Fi and bring an alternative to Ethernet-based communications for business critical applications as it increases the agility with increased coverage, use cases with mobility & IoT adoption pace.

There are a range of connectivity technologies for IoT from which to choose. But every use case has specific needs, which translate into certain technology considerations that determine the choice or selection of the most suitable connectivity technology.

Clearly, there is no single technology or solution ideally suited to serve all potential IoT use cases. Certain technologies will coexist, as complementing rather than competing standards. But one thing is certain, as we strive to create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity, enabling a network infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience remains top of mind at Nokia … and for me personally.

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Karl Bream
VP Corporate IoT Strategy & Development at Nokia

Global executive with experience in managing transformations including both turnarounds and growth businesses. Skilled at balancing both business and technology-related decisions. Proven track record in building and operating both start-up and larger multi-cultural teams. Consistent record of delivery against revenue and operational targets. Strong multi-national skill sets with expertise in developing strategy, consulting, business development, marketing and sales. Early adopter and driver of the Internet of Things, data mining and analysis, and other connected technologies. Gifted public speaker and passionate leader.





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