News

Factory of the Future deploys indoor 5G and WiFi6 to support manufacturing research

Students and researchers can use the new facility to explore the applications of cutting-edge communications technologies in Industry 4.0.
Aalto Factory of the Future
Aalto Factory of the Future. Photo: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

The Aalto Factory of the Future has completed the installation and preliminary testing of indoor 5G standalone and WiFi 6 networks, a local pioneering effort and an important milestone in developing their potential Industry 4.0 applications. Students and researchers will be able to explore these cutting-edge communication technologies which provide more reliable and efficient communication for distributed control systems.

’The combination and coexistence of WiFi6 and 5G have significant potential in the near future, because factories will use more communication services thanks to distributed automation, the Internet of Things, and the Industrial Internet of Things,’ says Doctoral Candidate Ronal Bejarano.

The new technologies offer concrete benefits in the form of reliable interconnection for areas with a high density of wireless clients, as well as optimized spectrum management techniques.

5G and Wifi6 are expected to be complementary technologies that will reduce the intensive use of wiring in industrial facilities without affecting operational reliability indicators. They will make it possible to interconnect more electronic devices, such energy meters, building automation mechanisms, and other devices to contribute to efficient and sustainable industrial manufacturing operations. Together, these tools will help industries make the best of data-centric applications, AI and machine learning.

Researchers at the Factory of the Future worked with Aalto’s IT staff, a local company producing 5G core solutions and Staff-Scientist Jose Costa-Requena at the Department of Communications and Networking to deploy indoor implementations of both technologies for industrial automation use cases.

‘We are creating prototypes for demonstration in operational environments, focusing on industrial automation for manufacturing applications,’ says Bejarano.

The new infrastructure is expected to soon connect the Aalto Factory of the Future with the Industrial Internet Campus and other facilities in Otaniemi to enable joint research projects, and collaborative research is welcome.
‘From now on, new projects and use cases for 5G and WiFi6 can take place at the Aalto Factory of the Future,’ Bejarano says.

Factory engineers of the future will need to decide if cellular, WiFi or a combination is a better fit for their needs and workflow. Professor Valeriy Vyatkin of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation says that ‘enabling wireless communication in industry is an open task for researchers and engineers, and this infrastructure will help demonstrate the technologies and given Finland’s rigorous, professional industrial automation sector confidence in them.’

More information:
Ronal Bejarano
Doctoral Candidate
Aalto University Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
[email protected]
+358 50 411 8056

Udayanto Dwi Atmojo
Staff Scientist
Aalto University Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
[email protected]
+358 50 306 0335

Valeriy Vyatkin
Professor
Aalto University Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
[email protected]
+358 50 578 0001

Jose Costa-Requena
Staff Scientist
Aalto University Department of Communications and Networking
[email protected]
+358 50 577 0142

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Read more news

A portrait of Laureen Mahler.
Research & Art Published:

Laureen Mahler uses origami folding to create bio-based packaging that is also pleasant to look at

Many products of the packaging industry are made of plastic and other fossil-based materials. The Aalto University Bioinnovation Center is developing ecological packaging solutions based on origami folding which also have value as beautiful objects.
 Tutkimustyössä hyödynnetään Aalto-yliopiston radiokaiutonta huonetta Otaniemessä. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

New doctoral programme focuses on the energy efficiency of radio waves

Nokia's donation to Aalto University will support research into new mobile communications systems, and particularly hardware development.
Kristo Ovaska, Kauppakorkeakoulun Vuoden Alumni 2022
Appointments Published:

Kristo Ovaska is the Alumnus of the Year 2022 of the School of Business

‘There is a great deal of demand for wide-ranging competence in the labour market,’ says Kristo Ovaska
50 shades of red cabbage. Photo by Aalto University, Rainer Paananen
Research & Art Published:

MMD CHEMARTS projects in 2022

CHEMARTS projects by members of the Multifunctional Materials Design research group in 2022