Nokia broadens industrial edge with innovative applications in tracking, positioning and worker safety

Via Nokia

Feb 8, 2024

  • Five new digital enablers deployed on the Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) enrich the ecosystem-neutral digitalization application catalog, helping enterprises transform operations
  • Three tracking and positioning applications for real-time tracking of assets and helping optimize layouts and processes
  • Two worker safety applications for readiness, situational awareness and fast reaction during incidents

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the addition of five new third-party applications for the MX Industrial Edge, boosting the tracking and positioning portfolio to address a wider range of indoor/outdoor scenarios and adding a new category of applications in the worker safety domain with solutions for everyday operations as well as during complex crises.

The new set of applications for tracking and positioning include Nordic ID, HERE HD GNSS service and svarmony – aryve. These apps help track and position all types of assets in real-time and in all environments and provide indoor navigation. The worker safety applications are Portalify’s SmartView which provide a solution for lone workers’ situational awareness. Secapp, on the other hand, offers effective emergency communications during everyday operations as well as during complex crisis in industrial environments and the public sector.

Available as-a-service with automatic lifecycle management, these apps are deployed on Nokia MXIE and benefit from the low latency, powerful compute, high resiliency, and security of the platform as well as the services enabled by private wireless connectivity and bringing new capabilities to our One platform for industrial digitalization.

Real-time tracking and positioning for seamless industrial operations

Industrial enterprises lose valuable production time, output and cost savings due to missing equipment, inefficient asset utilization and poor inventory management. Real-time tracking and positioning and related historical data provide the required asset visibility to help overcome these challenges and improve operational performance.

HERE HD GNSS service: Provides highly accurate outdoor location tracking for machinery and people in industrial sites by using a Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)-based positioning solution.

Nordic ID, part of Brady Corporation: A complete RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) solution, that incorporates devices and software to identify and track the flow of assets down to a single-item’s digital identity. Creating a highly efficient system specially designed to track items in high velocity supply chains and locate high-value assets. 

svarmony – aryve: VPS (Visual Positioning System) for navigation on mobile devices, helps workers in complex work environments find their way and complete tasks faster with visual cues for additional information.

Worker safety applications

In many industrial environments, worker safety is a priority to reduce risks and accidents, but also lower associated downtime and process impact. This new application category for the MXIE helps to address these needs.

Portalify SmartView : Provides operational teams with indoor and outdoor location tracking for workers using smartphones and other tracking and positioning technologies with a focus on lone worker requirements. In case of an emergency, workers can raise alerts and worker location can be shared with operational teams and coworkers to accelerate response.

Secapp: A platform for critical communications, alerting, and documentation, designed to improve readiness, safety, and emergency response times. The solution helps alert individuals and teams, collects critical data, provides secure chats and videos, and enhances lone worker safety — all achievable with the device in your pocket.

Stephan Litjens, Vice President of Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions at Nokia, said: “As digital transformation takes hold in many industries, organizations require a rich and mixed set of applications to solve business challenges like tracking and positioning and worker safety. The new additions to the Nokia Industrial Application Catalog provide greater efficiency, productivity and further enhance worker safety with preparedness, situational awareness and fast reaction during incidents. Offered as-a-service and deployed on MXIE, we eliminate the hurdles of adoption and ensure best of breed solutions to be available”.  

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