Nokia opens 5G industry incubation lab in South Australia

03. 08. 2022 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The 5G Industrial Incubation Lab supports SA's economic growth, delivering revolutionary industrial 5G applications and creating the jobs of the future.

South Australia's growing global reputation as a high-tech destination has led to Adelaide being chosen as the location for Nokia's 5G Industry Incubation Lab, which is already supporting improvements to safety, productivity and efficiency at Adelaide Airport.

The federally funded Nokia 5G Industrial Incubation Lab at the University of Adelaide was first announced in August 2021 following an agreement between Nokia and the South Australian government's Department of Trade and Investment.

Trade and Investment Minister Nick Champion said: "The Nokia 5G Industrial Incubation Lab is an exciting addition to South Australia's economy and high-tech ecosystem and will expand its capabilities for the future."

The 5G Industry Incubation Laboratory has installed and commissioned a 5G network at the University of Adelaide, housed in a shielded room (Faraday cage) to ensure interference with the public 5G network.

The Nokia 5G Industrial Incubation Lab has implemented three pilot projects with support from Adelaide Airport Limited, South Australian Power Network and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, supported by expertise from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML).

One of the lab's first industry customers, Adelaide Airport Limited, is currently... testing a variety of cameras and wearables, such as the Microsoft HoloLens, to determine the optimal 5G bandwidth needed to run remote operations efficiently.

The findings will be used to determine how to improve the safety and efficiency of Adelaide Airport's operations at multiple sites, including Parafield. State-of-the-art high-definition video streaming will be used at Adelaide Airport for real-time analysis of airport checks and security surveillance.

The application of 5G wireless technology is the platform of the future for connecting mobile robots, machines, sensors, computers and people, thereby creating a degree of automation that was not possible until now. As such, 5G-enabled networks will be essential to automating the world's physical industries, leading to increased productivity.

Nokia has already hired two full-time engineers at the National 5G Industrial Incubation Lab, with further growth expected to meet business needs. Nokia's 5G and Microsoft Azure Space platform expertise is expected to provide a unique national capability for industrial automation and other critical industries in South Australia. An ecosystem has been created to support and expand the laboratory's 5G capabilities. These partners include the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), the MIT Bigdata Living Lab, Adelaide Airport Limited, Sage Automation, SA Power Networks, the South Australian Government and Bell Labs Consulting.

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