Industry 4.0 revolutionizes the production and delivery of goods and services across a wide range of vertical markets from manufacturing and industrial to warehousing and retail to education and healthcare. This vision is to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to production, connecting devices, gaining insights through data collection and automating processes. It transforms industry by creating cyber- physical systems where the machines of production are monitored and controlled using computer algorithms that are highly distributed. Benefits of Industry 4.0 included enhanced productivity and efficiency, manufacturing flexibility and agility, easier regulatory compliance, enhanced worker safety, higher customer satisfaction, reduced costs and increased profitability.
Key communication and computing enablers for Industry 4.0 are the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), private 5G (i.e., a 5G network operated by an enterprise using spectrum that they have licensed directly or have otherwise obtained the right to use), edge cloud, and the public cloud. See Figure 1, below. This paper illustrates why private 5G is rapidly emerging as the ideal communications technology to connect IIoT devices used to produce products and services to the edge cloud and, ultimately, the public cloud where massive amounts of data are stored and analyzed, intelligent algorithms learn and adapt and decisions that control the plethora of IIoT endpoints in the production environment are made. Using private 5G as the communications foundation for Industry 4.0 will enable benefits that include high capacity, low latency, enhanced wireless network security, data sovereignty and ability to dedicate network slices to individual applications—in short, the full set of technical capabilities required to implement Industry 4.0 applications.
Learn about the foundational private 5G building blocks essential for unlocking the benefits of Industry 4.0