Huawei leans on NB-IoT for new automated factories solution

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Huawei has widely launched its "smart campus" solution, bringing together Internet of Things and cloud products to help the likes of ports, mines and manufacturers create connected factories.

The Chinese vendor said while these industries use a mixture of fixed line, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to run their existing networks, all have disadvantages. It noted the difficulty and cost to deploy fixed networks, and limited coverage and poor or non-existent handover between cells within Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

The new solution, which has been in use in ports and mines across China, supports up to 200,000 NB-IoT connections per square kilometre with a total coverage area of 10 square kilometres. Huawei said this transmission of data could be combined with big data analytics to help automate processes.

Each cell as part of the smart campus solution can support 120 wireless connections, which Huawei said can support high quality connections for vehicles moving at speed. This could lead to the likes of mobile scanning of QR codes and vehicle information reporting, which Huawei said would increase overall efficiency.

Another feature of the smart campus is integrating video, voice and data to help increase efficiency of dispatch. Huawei said current voice dispatching methods were not enough to meet increasing demand for remote surveying, diagnosis, rapid response and resolving issues.

Speaking at Hannover MESSE 2017, where it made the announcement, Peng Jianhua, President of Huawei’s Enterprise Wireless Domain, said, "Huawei’s eLTE SmartCampus applies 4.5G wireless communication technology to the construction of enterprise campus networks. It is designed to help enterprises of all shapes and sizes build an integrated smart network with industrial-grade reliability, which will enable them to evolve towards automated production, intelligent logistics, and more efficient management."