WATERFRONT equipment specialist Kalmar and Finnish tech company Ukkoverkot have signed a two-year cooperation agreement with Nokia to design, build and operate a private LTE network.

A test network reflecting an actual terminal environment is to be built for research and development.

Machine-to-machine communication is to be tested in the new private 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) environment and compared with previous wireless technologies.

This connectivity technique is marketed as more reliable and enabling more secure communication than WiFi.

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“Kalmar will implement a 5G-ready Nokia Digital Automation platform utilising the 2.6 GHz band. This brings many interesting new business opportunities for digitalisation thanks to the reliability, high capacity, low latency, and security – all characteristics of a private LTE network,” Ukkoverkot director Jouko Tuppurainen said.

Kalmar director of research Pekka Yli-Paunu said the “private LTE network will provide the security and real-time video footage needed for reliable remote control of our operations”.

“The digital automation platform with its connectivity and application layers makes it possible for us to test new service products and concepts. That gives us the opportunity to demonstrate to our customers how our new services work, which is particularly valuable,” Mr Yli-Paunu said.

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