Internet of Things. Internet of Things. Opportunities and challenges for industry – Technology

– The LTE450 communication network is one of the most important investment tasks of the PGE Group – says Voyciech Dąbrowski, President of the Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

According to him, LTE technology provides voice communication as well as broadband, which is necessary in modern times.

“The state-of-the-art LTE450 network and telecommunications system under construction will support the integration of renewable energy sources, distributed energy and energy storage, as well as provide reliable dispatch and remote communication with energy meters,” he explained.

In practice, the new network is an ambitious project in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), so it is possible to transfer a lot of data between the various sensors and systems used by the power company. This will increase the reliability of the power grid, increase safety and reduce the time required to detect and eliminate faults in the medium and low voltage network, and therefore make a significant contribution to a more reliable supply of energy to consumers.

In addition, as PGE claims, consumers will continue to have access to information about actual energy consumption and accrued payments.

A reliable and secure communication network is also needed to build a modern energy industry, ie, for example, it will inform dispatchers about the operation of renewable energy sources or an energy storage facility connected to the grid.

Not surprisingly, PGE has invested heavily in building the CORE LTE450 core network, calling it one of its most important investment objectives.

This is a key element for the Polish energy company to use IoT technology on a large scale. The network will ensure efficient transmission of data, for example, from smart electricity meters to the company’s system. As a result, PGE employees will be able to get very accurate information about the operation of all power plants and all energy infrastructure owned by the company – in principle, the scope of this knowledge will be limited only by the number and quality of installed sensors. .

PGE’s investment in Internet of Things solutions also proves that this technology works well in large companies that have machines and devices in remote locations.

In Poland, IoT is also attractive for large telecommunications, which is in line with the broader global context. These companies are trying to build modern data transmission networks as part of IoT solutions, as well as test specific applications in this area – for example, to service and monitor the critical points of mobile base stations or fiber optic networks.

In mid-March, Orange announced the establishment of a so-called 5G campus network. This is to turn this plant into one of the most modern plants in Europe.

The emerging network will enable the digitization and automation of the quality control process of created products, as well as the start of large-scale training of employees using virtual reality (VR). And that’s not all.

– In the future, we plan to use the 5G network built by Orange to remotely support autonomous vehicles, a large number of IoT sensors and specialists using augmented reality (AR). All this is aimed at further digital transformation of our factory and increase its operational efficiency, said Dr. Miele Ksawerow, Managing Director. Thorsten Störmer explains. “We have also invited startups who want to introduce and test new 5G solutions, and we hope to successfully implement them in our plants in other countries,” he added.

One of the first domestic 5G networks in Poland will be launched at the Miele plant in Ksaverov.

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Orange is proud of its “comprehensive” performance in this project. First, a new network will be designed, then it will provide the necessary equipment, install and configure it, and finally maintain the network.

– We will provide coverage in both 5G and LTE. Transmission in the network will be possible at speeds above 750 Mb / s. We rely on the experience of Orange Group in implementing similar projects in Western European countries and the experience gained during the construction of the network in the Lodz Special Economic Zone (LEZ), – said Julien Ducarroz, President of the Board. Orange Polska.

The campus network that Orange will build in Ksawerów is not the first of its kind. Last year, Orange Polska launched a similar 5G network in two buildings of the Lodz SEZ. The S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator has been created so that investors, startups and companies partnering with the Lodz Special Economic Zone can test the most innovative solutions using fifth-generation technology – in practice, these are primarily Internet of Things solutions.

– In the Łódź Zone, we will witness the first applications of 5G-based innovations in a real production environment. This is an effect of the combination of the potential of our startups and the experience of us and our business partners – adds Agnieszka Sygitowicz, Vice President of SEZ Lodz.

The S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator project includes 40 startups and 5 industry partners – Polkomtel, Miele, PGE, Indigo and Wielton.

The widespread use of 5G networks on the Vistula River and the development of the most advanced IoT solutions based on it will bring great benefits to Poland. According to a report prepared by Analysys Mason in collaboration with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, in ten years they will reach 4.2 billion euros, and by 2040 the Polish economy will earn almost 17 billion euros from the introduction of the fifth generation. network.

Thanks to the harmonization of 5G and IoT technologies, the largest revenues to the national economy will be provided by smart factories and mining – 3.4 billion euros and 3.6 billion euros, respectively. On the other hand, 5G coverage in rural areas will bring in 8.6 billion euros, mainly as a result of the development of smart agriculture.

Analysys Mason reports that this will require an additional investment of about 1 billion euros, most of which will be covered by business, mainly in the telecommunications sector, and will come from 0.3 billion euros in government subsidies.

It is possible that the implementation of solutions based on the Internet of Things and 5G networks will be faster than Analysys Mason’s forecasts. As part of the Lodz 5G Technology Accelerator, the Polish-Austrian startup CTHINGS.CO has developed a special 5G Suite system consisting of an industrial router 5G IOT Gateway, an external computing operating system and the Orchestra cloud platform. This solution is to shorten by 75 percent. Time to implement 5G industrial internet and increase it by 65 percent. operational efficiency, thanks to which the industry has a chance to pay for itself in up to three months of investment in 5G IoT.

– We have already passed the stage we talked about 5G for business in terms of data transfer speed. Today we are discussing fifth generation networks and industrial IoT in terms of money. I hear more and more questions: how much will I save, at the same time increase the efficiency of production and increase safety? Our efforts with Lodz SEZ, Ericsson experts and other partners bring us closer to realizing the modern industrial vision of 5G networks in the inner yard, says Arnold Wierzejski, President of CTHINGS.CO.

Unfortunately, the lack of sufficient specialists in this field may hinder the implementation of ambitious Internet of Things projects in Poland. Last year’s Randstad survey clearly shows this. Its results for our country are not so optimistic.

– According to our report, the number of specialists in the field of Internet of Things in Poland exceeds 2,800.

At the same time, in his opinion, Poland ranks fourth among European countries in terms of the number of recruits in the field of Internet of Things.

– In 2021, their number was 469, ie there are only 6 potential candidates for each vacancy. In Europe, fewer candidates are registered only in Romania, the Netherlands and Portugal, Mateusz dekydek adds.

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