Bringing 5G to power

Opportunities and challenges with connected power distribution grids

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ICT Technology is transforming the landscape for businesses, industries and society as a whole. Ericsson IndustryLab is doing comprehensive research to build knowledge, track trends and create unique and actionable insights. Welcome to Ericsson IndustryLab.

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Higher reliability and better protection of the electric power grid with connectivity and automation

The IndustryLab report, Bringing 5G to power - Opportunities and challenges with connected power distribution grids, discusses how cellular communication is an important enabler for building secure, automated and distributed smart grids. Power systems all over the world are on the cusp of a transition from being highly centralized to supporting more distributed electricity generation and storage.

The need to introduce smart ways to monitor, balance and predict power consumption and generation will continue to grow. The power grids of tomorrow will be digital infrastructures, meaning they will be highly connected and automated.

Investments in connectivity will become increasingly important and will play a key role in enabling cost-efficient deployment of renewable energy sources.

Cellular communication is an important enabler to support new power grid architectures and operational models. Ericsson Research and IndustryLab has extensive  industry collaborations with multiple partners to ensure we understand the demands and develop the right technology for real-world applications, and to materialize how our technology will accelerate innovation.

True or False about ICT´s carbon emissions – Explore your digital carbon footprint

With A quick guide to your digital carbon footprint, we try to put carbon emissions from digital services in an easy-to-understand context. The report aims to provide fact-based material on ICT carbon footprint and debunk common myths. Some argue that gaming is comparable in carbon footprint to taking a flight, while others condemn the climate impact of streaming or social media, using flawed or inaccurate figures. The report explains the climate impacts of the ICT sector and how to compare sectors, why data traffic is less influential than often anticipated. It also looks at the personal digital footprint and discusses impacts of digital services such as streaming, gaming, and how digital activities compare to other activities for different user profiles.

Does this matter? Yes, we need to understand impacts better to decarbonize the world and used in the right way, ICT can be an important driver for this. Ericsson has spent more than 20 years researching the carbon emissions of digital, while building extensive data sets and publishing findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at conferences. Having reviewed multiple statements about the carbon emissions of digital solutions and compared these to our published results, we are now sharing some of our findings here.

A case study on automation in mining - 5G business value

In this case study, we explore the role of automation in the mining industry and uncover the business value of using 4G and 5G technology in an open-pit mine, in terms of both economics and sustainability. The Boliden Aitik case study shows a reduced cost through automation, with communications being the key enabler. This shows an annual EUR 2.5 million net saving for the Aitik mine alone. The report is based on discussions and interviews with Boliden carried out as part of a study conducted in January–March 2018.

Creative Machines

This report explores what roles AI will be capable of in the job market, and what it means for the human workforce. It does so by comparing the ongoing development with the first industrial revolution. AI will impact all jobs where efficiency and productivity gains can be made, including creative work. Hence impacting all industries and businesses. The report is based on interviews with academia and industry leaders as well as quantitative consumer survey data from Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab analytical platform.

Bringing 5G business value to industry

In this report we are uncovering the 5G Business value to the industry when we explore the Blisk manufacturing case study. Equipping industrial sites with 5G mobile communications opens up large opportunities for operators to expand their business.

Flexibility in worklife

 It probably comes as no surprise, but the Flexibility in Work Life report shows that the working population places great value on the importance of pleasure and the pursuit of happiness in life just as much as others. Two factors help to make this a reality in today's business environment: managers providing their workforces with mobile devices and smartphones, so employees can work remotely; and the growing importance of flexible working hours. The report examines consumer opinions from a professional perspective, and is based on the analysis of more than 47,000 interviews conducted among a wide selection of workers in 23 countries around the world.

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5G trial case story blisk manufacturing

Bringing 5G business value to industry - A case study uncovering 5G's potential.
This case study is looking at the business value of 5G in manufacturing. The specific case we have looked at production of blade integrated discs, blisks, used in i.e. jet engines.

Jet engines at a lower cost

Jet engines at a lower cost: A 5G industry collaboration between Fraunhofer and Ericsson.