As one of the first companies in its industry, Stora Enso has implemented 5G technology to enable high density (HD) 360° camera solutions in their production environment. On 16 September, this solution was awarded second place in the Industry of Things World Award 2019 – in the category “Best implementation of IIoT* technology on the shop floor”.
The 5G technology enables deployment of applications requiring fast and powerful wireless connections, such as augmented- and virtual reality applications, as well as real-time 360° camera solutions. The newly implemented 360° cameras, in Stora Enso’s production environment, are utilised to produce high density (HD) video streams which can be viewed in real-time and enabling fast, reliable remote monitoring.
“Stora Enso has set out to be a pacemaker of IoT within our industry. This award is proof that we are continuing to be a forerunner within digital innovation and that we are building digital into the fabric of our company. Our digitalisation programme is a key component in securing our long-term leadership position as the renewable materials company,” says Teemu Salmi, Stora Enso’s CIO and Head of Digitalisation.
The 5G connection, in combination with the 360° video stream, means that all necessary information is easily and visually at the disposal of Stora Enso experts all around the world. When something unexpected happens, the video stream gives a real-time view and information of the event, irrespectively of geographical distance.
“This solution will help us in achieving key targets – such as optimising efficiency, flexibility, and availability in our production. In addition, it will also allow us to increase safety as trainings can be completed remotely prior to entering the physical production environment,” says Marko Yli-Pietilä, Stora Enso’s Head of Smart Operations.
For Stora Enso, this is only the beginning as the 5G technology will also enable other applications. For future operations, Stora Enso is piloting autonomous vehicles and machines which can be controlled remotely thanks to the low latency of 5G.
*Industrial Internet of Things