Ericsson Uses 5G Volvo Truck In Swedish Mines

Volvo Truck

Ericsson is using a Volvo truck as a 5G mobile device to trial test networks in Sweden, where it is hoping it can improve productivity and safety in mines.

“a truck is used to transport ore in a mine”

Part of the 5G for Sweden program, the pilot scheme is an insight into how 5G will be able to affect industry verticals . In this case, the technologies, which including both new and existing, are being used for remote control operations, as a truck is used to transport ore in a mine operated by Boliden.

Boliden is one of a number of companies on board, including ABB, SICS Sweden ICT and, obviously, Volvo Construction Equipment. Speeds of 2Gbps have been reported, whilst numerous 5G base stations are being used in the field to connect to the 5G mobile device, according to Mobile News.

“More connected machines and devices mean fewer people will be required to work underground”

‘The successful implementation of such technology could and should lead to improved safety,’ explained the 5G for Sweden Program Manager, Torbjörn Lundahl. ‘More connected machines and devices mean fewer people will be required to work underground.’

Higher bandwidth and lower latency are also being tested in the trial, and Ericsson claims it is achieving higher reliability by connecting the device to multiple 5G cells at the same time (as opposed to how a 4G device connects to a singular cell). This “multi-point” connectivity allows the device to retain a high-quality connection.

“The idea is to identify areas where mining operations can be improved through the use of mobile communication”

‘We are eager to research the challenges faced by the mining industry,’ added Sara Mazur, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research. ‘The idea is to identify areas where mining operations can be improved through the use of mobile communication. This is in line with Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society in which everything that can benefit from being connected, will be.’

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