Vodafone Ukraine, Ericsson and DTEK Energy have taken another step in the digitalization of the enterprise. The companies have successfully tested 5G telemetry at the Kharkov machine-building plant Corum Svet Shakhtar (DTEK Energy).
The Quictel 5G modem installed on the shearer has been connected to Ericsson's private 5G network. The technology allows real-time collection of data on the state of the equipment, transferring them to the enterprise server. Telemetry testing is one of the stages in the implementation of the first Smart Factory 5G pilot project in Ukraine.
The technology works in a private 5G network (Private Network), which Vodafone and Ericsson deployed at the factory. It allows you to quickly transfer large amounts of data about the operation of the miner in the mine without the use of cables. Own 5G network ensures that information is processed locally in the enterprise: data is protected and inaccessible to external parties.
5G telemetry has been tested in the assembly shop of the plant. Tests have confirmed that this technology can be applied underground. In the future, a shearer designed for coal mining in difficult mining and geological conditions can be connected to 5G in a mine. The data coming from the harvester will be available for viewing remotely from a smartphone or other gadget.
Currently, about 300 technical indicators are transmitted from the combine to the server via cables. When moving equipment, there is always a risk of damage to cables. 5G wireless technology will significantly improve the continuity of data transmission, the reliability of the combine and the safety of miners and will help to respond instantly in case of any emergency situations.
Recall that at the end of last year, the company successfully tested an electric vehicle - a solution for remote control of vehicles via a 5G network.
Vodafone Ukraine together with DTEK Energy, Ericsson and Corum Group announced the launch of Ukraine's first Smart Factory 5G project this summer. According to the project, a private 5G technological communication network was deployed at the plant, into which mobile devices, production equipment, control devices, and remote and automated control systems are integrated. The project involves specialists from Corum Group and the MODUS program for digital transformation of DTEK.