In 2016, the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group initiated a drive to create a unified network as an alternative to the fragmented Fieldbus landscape, using single-pair cabling.
Recognising and recording environmental conditions and situational snapshots – and translating them into actions – can reduce risks for personnel, machines, and infrastructure. In many areas, security forces need to operate efficiently and require information about their surroundings.
Traditionally, the networking architectures used within the industrial domain have been many and varied. With its established enterprise IT roots, Ethernet was always going to be the backbone network of choice to link the worlds of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) together.
In this era of automation, digitisation and Industry 4.0, the transmission of signals and data is taking on an ever greater role. The networking of machines, systems, and even individual sensors taking place in these applications both on and off the production floor requires not only a stable infrastructure but also secure, fast, high precision, disturbance-free, high bandwidth transmission paths that may need to withstand extremely harsh environmental conditions, depending on the application.
Telcos and consumers are well-versed in the high-capacity, low-latency, high-speed connectivity benefits of 5G for the consumer market. What’s lesser known is that businesses can also unlock greater value with the rise of 5G standalone (SA) technology to access the increased levels of reliability, speed and communication coverage needed for smart manufacturing, also known as Industry 4.0.
5G deployment is in full swing with mid-band infrastructure installed by the end of 2021 representing nearly six times what it was in 2019. However, this doesn’t mean that all of the challenges have been solved…
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