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Building the case for 5G

In Australia, Taylor Construction’s trial of Telstra’s 5G network and an enterprise-grade edge networking solution from Cradlepoint highlights the potential benefits of 5G for business.

The wide area networking (WAN) solution deployed at a specially selected construction site is based on Telstra’s Enterprise Wireless solution, which provides the 5G service, and Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Service for Branch, delivered through a Cradlepoint E3000 5G-optimised router with a ruggedised W2005 5G Wideband Adapter built for outdoor placement.

The combination provides the coverage and the performance – up to 20 times that of 4G – needed to support a range of connected devices and applications that require real-time data. These include:

*Holographic Building Visualisation – Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality smart glasses enable on-site Taylor employees and customers to render a virtual model of a building or elements of the construction process, such as holographic structural steel, framing or electrical schematics;

*Wide-Area Safety Scanning – 360-degree 8K streaming and QR code scanning from wireless video cameras enables digital induction tracking and automation of the process for checking that every person on-site has completed safety training;

*IoT Structural Sensing – Smart sensors fixed to rebar and embedded in concrete aggregate send data to the Cradlepoint router, then on to the cloud, so that Taylor can determine whether concrete has been poured correctly and track any shifting of the concrete for years to come;

*Real-Time Design Display – The Taylor team needs to be able to make changes to digital blueprints in real time and display them on tablets and large monitors in the trailer; and

*Large-Site Failover – The IT team is also exploring the possibility of replacing an expensive back-up fibre line with 5G.

Christian Neyle, IT manager for Taylor Construction, believes that only 5G can provide the bandwidth, low latency and constant uptime at the edge of the network that these applications demand.

“The Cradlepoint 5G solution, enabled by the Telstra 5G network, has transformed our ability to employ high-performing enterprise-grade applications, top to bottom. To some people, this is science fiction; to me, this is the next generation of business. We could have used fibre, but mobility was also important, which is why 5G is the only solution that works.”

Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern added: “Wireless WANs, based on the capabilities of 4G LTE and 5G technology, are becoming an essential part of any organisation’s digital transformation. Cradlepoint NetCloud allows companies to manage both LTE and 5G networks under the same cloud platform, with the same operational, security and analytic capabilities. By deploying advanced LTE services today, companies can be ready to make a seamless transition to 5G when and where it’s available in their network.”

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