Industry 4.0 initiatives around the world are advancing digital transformation objectives in all industries by applying new technologies and innovations. To take advantage of these new innovations, a locally optimized and dedicated wireless network is often needed to support the connectivity requirements. Private LTE can be used to support these new tools and applications.
Star Solutions’ products can be used to deploy Private LTE networks and we’re supporting multiple industries in their efforts to enable Industry 4.0 type applications. A simple Private LTE network diagram using Star Solutions products is shown below.
The forestry industry can take advantage of new technologies to fully connect the forest supply chain with real-time information and allow the latest adoption in automated or remote operated machinery. Forest management, harvest operations and timber transportation can all benefit from increased connectivity and digital technologies. A private cellular network is often required to extend connectivity options to operating areas where commercial cellular coverage does not exist or is inadequate.
Through it’s Forest 4.0 program, Star Solutions industry partner, FP Innovations, has investigated the use of Private LTE networks to support forestry operations in remote locations. In addition to enabling video communications and connecting computer equipment, the network connected logging equipment and other telematic systems to share real-time productivity data. Some of their exploits are captured in the below blog posts.
Digital transformation in the agriculture industry enables smart farming operations to increase their productivity and meet environmental sustainability goals. Taking advantage of innovations in autonomous tractors, asset tracking, mapping and real-time analytics requires a network that has good coverage, performance and security.
Star Solutions offers Private LTE network equipment that enable smart farming operations to easily deploy a dedicated wireless network. It can be as simple as deploying a single piece of equipment such as the COMPAC-N LTE NIB (Network-In-Box). Multiple systems can be deployed to grow and expand the coverage area as needed in the case of multiple farming locations.
For the mining industry, Star Solutions’ private cellular network experience started earlier than Industry 4.0 or Private LTE. Our solutions were used to enable voice services and data connectivity for above and underground mines benefitting worker worker safety and other important initiatives. By enabling Private LTE for mining operators, we enable a full suite of potential technical innovations used to accelerate digital transformation and deployment of smart mining.
A mine site with its own dedicated LTE network is able to provide site-wide wireless coverage to enable capabilities such as autonomous trucks, wearables for worker protection, and access to real-time data for machine learning and data optimization. These applications can also be deployed local to the mine site enhancing network performance and information security.
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