Telia, Ericsson and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Volvo CE is among the first in the world to use 5G technology to test remote-controlled machines and autonomous solutions.
The 5G network will be used at Volvo CE’s research and development facility in Eskilstuna to further develop solutions for remote control of construction machinery and fully-automated solutions. It will also be used to increase understanding of how connected machines can create added value for the customer.
Even with fully-automated systems, human intervention is still needed now and again for control. Todays’ remote-control technology has a time lag that makes it difficult to control at high speed or with high precision. 5G will make remote control simpler and safer, says Ericsson.
Volvo CE, Telia and Ericsson have worked together before to deploy the latest technology to contribute to safer and more efficient mining and in the summer of 2018, Volvo CE joined Telia's 5G partner program. Volvo CE expects to be able to apply the lessons learned from tests at Eskilstuna to its global activities.