Nokia creates the perfect pint with 5G technology

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The world continues to witness innovations and case uses leveraging 5G technology. As 5G continues to be adopted by more and more enterprises, some of the use cases enabled have not only improved products and services, but also revolutionized certain processes.

Digital twin technology has improved a lot lately as 5G technology has improved the latency between sensors to ensure more accurate readings on digital twins. While digital twins were initially only found in manufacturing hubs and the oil and gas industry, the use cases have now expanded to other industries as well.

For example, in Australia, Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) announced the successful operation of the world’s first private, wireless, 5G-connected digital microbrewery. The state-of-the-art facility is part of UTS’s Industry 4.0 research site and enables thirsty researchers to perfect the art of brewing in the 21st century using digital automation.

Using a cloud-based digital twin of an actual brewery to optimize the brewing process, UTS’ Industry 4.0 nano-brewery is part of its new advanced manufacturing and industrial data science testbed developed at UTS TechLab.

The Nano-Brewery is part of an international production network, with an identical physical twin installed at TU Dortmund University in Germany. The 5G connected brewery captures and monitors production data at every stage of the brewing process and uses this data, together with data from the physical twin in Dortmund and a digital twin in the cloud, to optimize the process.

5G connectivity is provided by Nokia FastMile 5G gateways connected to a campus-wide standalone Nokia Digital Automation Cloud 5G private wireless network. The 5G private wireless network is delivered using multiple Nokia AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) small cells positioned on the UTS Tech Lab campus.

The 5G wireless private network is part of the on-site Nokia 5G Futures Lab, which opened in November 2021 and is already being used to support other Industry 4.0 projects within the Tech Lab, such as the Nokia Project /UTS 5G Connected Cobots funded by the Australian Government.

According to Professor Jochen Deuse, Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at UTS, the aim is to promote the principles of Industry 4.0 to local industry by offering a test bed that gives partners the keys to improve their own manufacturing processes and gain business intelligence.

“Our international collaboration with TU Dortmund and Nokia allows us to globalize the results of our test bench”, commented Professor Deuse.

For Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, “UTS’ Industry 4.0 facility is an exciting environment to develop and test new use cases for 5G technology.

“In Digital Microbrewing, we show how 5G private wireless networks and cloud-based technologies help optimize the brewing process and get ever closer to getting the perfect pint,” Uitto added. .

The 5G Futures Lab continues to study the application of 5G and 6G in cybersecurity, advanced antenna and millimeter wave technologies, virtual and augmented reality, data science and AI. The projects also focus on the potential of 5G and 6G to advance Industry 4.0 and deliver new energy internet capabilities across smart grid, energy storage and wireless energy transfer. thread.

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