The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 Industrial Enterprise and IoT trial with Mettis Aerospace, as part of its ongoing Wi-Fi 6 program.
Mettis, a designer and manufacturer of precision-forged, machined and sub-assembled components, primarily for the aerospace and defense industry, will work with WBA members to test several use cases on a Wi-Fi 6 network at its 27-acre West Midlands facility.
The trial, the first of a series of global trials, will enable the use of augmented reality, real-time monitoring of equipment, and a host of other applications in an enterprise network environment designed to digitize Mettis’ production line. Mettis Aerospace is a key supplier for organizations like Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.
The Mettis Aerospace environment is challenging from a connectivity perspective, with a large geography to be covered, and industrial radio interference that can disrupt signals. Some applications will require high bandwidth, others low latency and mission critical applications need clear prioritization for data. Wi-Fi 6 is well-positioned to support the provision of cost-effective enterprise-level connectivity in this industrial environment, to these standards using the latest security capabilities.
The trial is being managed by the WBA and Mettis Aerospace, and supported by WBA members including British Telecom, Boingo, Broadcom, BSG Wireless, CableLabs, Cisco, HPE Aruba and Intel. It is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2019.