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Vodafone, DTEK and Ericsson announce the start of the Smart Factory project based on 5G

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For the first time in Ukraine, an industrial enterprise will launch a test fragment of a 5G network.

Vodafone, DTEK and Ericsson announce the start of the Smart Factory project based on 5G

Vodafone Ukraine, together with DTEK and Ericsson, announced the launch of the Smart Factory 5G project at the Corum Svet Shakhtyora machine-building plant in Kharkov, which produces mining equipment. As part of the project, companies are starting to deploy a 5G Private Network, which will integrate mobile devices, production equipment, various control devices and remote and automated control systems.

Ericsson's 5G technology network will automate production processes. For the first time in Ukraine, remote control, diagnostics of equipment and buildings using drones and a 360 ° camera will be tested. In addition to optimizing production processes, the launch of solutions will increase the level of industrial safety - many operations can be performed remotely, and timely monitoring will prevent possible emergencies.

“Today we are announcing the start of the first project in Ukraine, which can be called a project from the future. This is Smart Factory 5G. Such a project was not born by chance: in the world, Vodafone is a technology leader, and we are attracting this colossal experience to Ukraine together with our partners, launching solutions that combine advanced technologies: 5G, the Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence. We start with the enterprise of our partners, DTEK, which bears a symbolic name - Corum Svet Shakhtyora. Construction work on the Private Network based on 5G technology is already in full swing. We are creating a platform where businesses can test “live” and in practice use the capabilities of solutions based on 5G. Our project has become an example of the synergy of leading companies: DTEK and Ericsson, we are working together to build smart production in Ukraine, ”comments Olga Ustinova, CEO of Vodafone Ukraine.

“One of the goals of DTEK as a responsible and reliable company is transformation after 2025 into a digital enterprise where people and technologies interact harmoniously. For this, a special MODUS program was launched, coordinating the digital transformation of all areas of DTEK's business, - comments Ildar Saleev, CEO of DTEK Energy. - Such a project for our engineering direction is the first in Ukraine Smart Factory 5G at the Corum Svet Shakhtyora plant. In it, we will be able to use drones to survey hard-to-reach places in the enterprise, improve the process of online delivery of equipment for the client. These are just the first pilot areas, in fact, we understand that the possibilities of 5G are much wider. In the future, we plan to use them and remotely receive data from combines operating in mines, as well as conduct a full monitoring of the operation of machines at the plant to optimize equipment utilization. I am sure that this project will become the beginning of large-scale industrial robotization of enterprises in Ukraine. ”

The project will implement the Ericsson Dedicated Networks solution, which includes the Enterprise Core network and a radio access system using the Ericsson Radio Dot System.

Ericsson Enterprise Core is a virtualized, highly scalable solution that can connect up to 50,000 subscribers. The Corum Svet Shakhtyora plant will be equipped with a private 5G network and will be connected to the general infrastructure of the corporation thanks to reliable Vodafone communication channels.

“At Ericsson, we focus on what we do best - leading edge technology and innovation in telecommunications. Own 5G communication network is an important part of the enterprise infrastructure, it allows you to reach a qualitatively new level of production management through the automation of technological processes. We are pleased to be a technology partner for the first smart factory pilot project in Ukraine based on 5G technologies. This is the first step towards the development of smart manufacturing in our country. Success in such projects depends on the effective and well-coordinated work of all participants, and I am glad that we will cooperate with leading companies in their industries, ”comments Alexey Turchin, Vice President, Head of IT and Digital Solutions at Ericsson, Vostochnaya Region Europe and Central Asia.

The signing of the miner's helmet by the participants became the symbolic start of the Smart Factory 5G project in Ukraine. Enterprise "Corum Svet Shakhtyora" also joined the broadcast of the event. The final part of the Smart Factory 5G announcement was a specialized webinar dedicated to the possibilities of Dedicated Networks for business with the participation of the head of the planning and development of the Vodafone radio access network Konstantin Naumenko, the head of the business development of digital services at Ericsson in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia Yuri Glushchenko and IT director of DTEK Dmitry Wasps.

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