Indoor 5G network, inside Glanbia Ireland’s multi-purpose dairy processing plant in Ballyragget, Co.Kilkenny, will bring improved indoor 5G coverage, low latency connectivity and data security improved in the largest Irish factory in Glanbia. The 5G solution will enable faster and more accurate maintenance tasks and provide richer analysis of plant processes, helping to reduce manual administration and increase manufacturing efficiency.
5G radio coverage will be provided by industry leader Ericsson Radio Dot System and combined with 5G spectrum from Three Ireland, Glanbia will test bespoke 5G use cases including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality ( VR), and will test how 5G can provide improved indoor connectivity for their larger production facilities.
John Griffin, CEO of Ericsson Ireland, said: “5G offers the largest potential platform for innovation ever and this exciting strategic partnership between Three Ireland, Ericsson and Glanbia will unlock the real value of Industry 4.0 for the Irish manufacturing sector. From driving true digital transformation to increasing productivity and creating operational efficiencies, 5G can serve as the basis for Ireland to revolutionize critical industries and pave the way for innovation. and future economic growth.
Karl Duffy, Head of Business and Public Sector at Three Ireland, said: “The tailor-made opportunities and insights that 5G can bring to organizations and industries are really exciting for us at Three Ireland, offering a real change from 4G. We are delighted to partner with Glanbia Ireland and Ericsson on this initiative. This is the first indoor 5G network of its kind in Ireland and will offer real efficiency to Glanbia. The opportunity is there for companies of all sizes to create a pilot and evolve over time. Companies that act now will have a leading edge within their industry that cannot be underestimated.
Brian Farrell, Engineering Manager at Glanbia Ireland, Ballyragget, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this revolutionary initiative with Three Ireland and Ericsson. This allows us to bring to life some of the early lessons of our participation in an EU-funded Horizon 2020 5G project. It emphasizes the importance of networks as a catalyst for digital industrial transformation and it will accelerate for us the testing and adoption of some innovative Industry 4.0 use cases. “
Ericsson and Three Ireland first launched 5G together in 2020 and this next step in their strong partnership will demonstrate how 5G can be used in Irish manufacturing to develop other business use cases, which may term be applied in various sectors. The two companies are already working together to develop next-generation 5G consumer use cases through the global Ericsson Startup 5G program.
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