4G and 5G mobile connectivity

For sectors such as Power Utilities, Smart Cities, Resources and Mining, as well as Transport and Infrastructure, the integration of advanced mobile connectivity is critical.

These industries demand robust, consistent, and fast communication systems capable of managing extensive data with minimal delay. The adoption of 4G and 5G technologies addresses these requirements, enabling real-time data exchange, remote control capabilities, and enhanced automation processes. Adopting mobile connectivity in these sectors goes beyond just upgrading to new technologies; it represents a commitment to a digital transformation that redefines operational benchmarks. It paves the way for a future where enhanced connectivity and data-driven insights drive smarter, more informed decisions and foster sustainable industrial practices.

Future-Proofing Industrial Networks

The demands placed on industrial networks are constantly escalating. As industries become more data-driven, the need for higher bandwidth to accommodate the surge in data volume becomes crucial. This is not just about handling larger amounts of data; it’s about doing so efficiently and reliably. Moreover, the shift towards real-time analytics and automated decision-making systems calls for significantly lower latency to ensure timely and accurate responses. Additionally, the trend towards interconnected devices and systems under the umbrella of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) necessitates enhanced connectivity capabilities. These evolving needs are not just challenges; they represent opportunities to leap forward in operational excellence and innovation.

Mobile Connectivity Capabilities

4G and 5G technologies are uniquely poised to meet growing industrial demands with their advanced capabilities.

Higher Bandwidth: Both 4G and 5G offer substantially greater bandwidth compared to their predecessors. This increased bandwidth capacity enables industries to handle larger volumes of data with ease, essential for applications like HD video surveillance in security-sensitive environments or managing complex data sets in real-time analytics.

Lower Latency: One of the most significant advantages of 5G, in particular, is its ultra-low latency. This is vital in applications requiring instantaneous response, such as in automated manufacturing processes or remote control of heavy machinery in mining operations. Lower latency ensures that decisions and actions can be taken in real-time, a critical component for safety and efficiency in industrial operations.

Enhanced Connectivity: With the ability to connect more devices simultaneously and reliably, mobile connectivity via 4G and 5G is ideal for the Industrial Internet of Things. This enhanced connectivity supports a more extensive and diverse range of industrial applications, from sensor networks monitoring environmental conditions to interconnected machinery coordinating tasks autonomously.

The end of the 3G era

As we transition to using more and more 4G and 5G technology, major Australian Telco networks are shutting down their 3G services. Telstra will shutdown it’s 3G network in June 2024, and Optus will follow in September 2024. Vodafone lead the change with a 15 December 2023 shutdown. This significant shift in mobile connectivity is just around the corner, and it may have implications for your current setup.

If you’re curious about what this transition entails and how it impacts you, view the 3G Shutdown page for comprehensive insights and practical guidance on adapting to these newer network technologies.

Remote Monitoring and Management (RMS) Options

Due to the complex and dynamic environments of Industry 4.0, Remote Monitoring and Management has become an indispensable tool.

RMS systems play a crucial role in maintaining network health, ensuring operational continuity, and facilitating proactive maintenance. They enable real-time monitoring and management of industrial networks and assets from remote locations, which is vital for efficiency, safety, and decision-making. RMS solutions provide insights into network performance, detect anomalies, and enable quick response to potential issues. This is especially crucial for industries where on-site monitoring is challenging or where systems are spread across multiple locations.

Highlighted Products

Technologies proven to meet and exceed your connectivity requirements

Teltonika RUTX50 Industrial 5G Router

Part #: TT RUTX50 000200

Robust industrial 5G router equipped with 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi, Dual-SIM, GPS, a powerful CPU and RutOS software for advanced networking solutions.

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Cybertec 2155X 4G Cellular Router

Part #: C MODEL 2155X

The Cybertec 2155X is a 4G cellular router with fallback to 3G, designed to provide the highest level of reliability and availability in industrial applications.

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Cisco IR1100 Catalyst Rugged Series Routers

Cisco’s most compact, FirstNet Ready™ industrial router. Designed in a highly modular form factor, it’s an ideal solution for remote asset management across multiple industrial vertical markets.

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Moxa OnCell 3120-LTE-1 Series

Wide network coverage and low power consumption make the OnCell 3120-LTE-1 suitable for deployment in power-constrained long-distance wireless networks.

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FAQ

1. What are the Key Technological Advancements of 4G and 5G Over Previous Generations, and How Do They Enhance Industrial Operations?

A: The transition from earlier generations to 4G and 5G has brought significant technological advancements in three main areas: speed, latency, and capacity. 4G technology introduced faster data transfer rates, enhancing communication and data processing speeds. 5G technology builds upon this with speeds potentially up to 100 times faster than 4G and ultra-low latency, reducing data transmission time to as low as 1 millisecond. This high-speed data transfer and low latency are crucial for industrial operations requiring real-time data processing, such as automated manufacturing processes and remote control operations. Moreover, 5G’s capacity to support a larger number of connected devices simultaneously makes it ideal for the expanding IoT landscape in industrial settings, enabling more extensive data collection, machine-to-machine communication, and overall enhanced automation.

2. What Infrastructure Upgrades are Necessary for Integrating 4G/5G Technologies, and How Does This Impact Operational Efficiency?

A: Integrating 4G/5G technologies into an existing industrial setup often requires significant infrastructure upgrades. This includes updating hardware such as routers, switches, and other networking equipment to 4G/5G-compatible versions, as well as enhancing software systems to handle the increased speed and volume of data. These upgrades can have a profound impact on operational efficiency. Faster data processing and reduced latency lead to quicker decision-making and more efficient operation of connected devices and systems. Additionally, the ability to handle more data and connect more devices can result in improved automation, reduced downtime, and potentially significant cost savings. However, the extent of the required upgrades can vary depending on the current state of the existing infrastructure and the specific needs of the operation.

3. How Do 4G and 5G Technologies Address Security Concerns in Industrial Applications?

A: Security is a paramount concern in industrial applications, especially with the increased connectivity that comes with 4G and 5G technologies. Both 4G and 5G networks incorporate advanced security protocols designed to protect data integrity and prevent unauthorized access. 5G networks, in particular, offer enhanced security features such as improved encryption methods and more robust identity management systems. These improvements are crucial in safeguarding sensitive industrial data against emerging cyber threats. Furthermore, the implementation of network slicing in 5G allows for the creation of separate virtual networks, each with its own security protocols, providing an additional layer of data protection. Businesses adopting these technologies must ensure that their network security strategies are up-to-date and capable of handling the sophisticated security requirements of these advanced mobile networks.

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