Huawei and Toshiba Digital Solutions (Toshiba) have jointly showcased the first result of their cooperation on NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things)-based Smart Factory solutions at the 2017 Global Mobile Broadband Forum.
At the event, both companies demonstrated Smart Factory solutions including Toshiba’s IoT Gateway equipped with a Huawei NB-IoT chipset.
The two companies agreed to collaborate in the industrial IoT field back in March 2017, and have been working on technical verifications for Smart Factory NB-IoT applications as their first project.
Moving forward, Huawei and Toshiba will work on field trials of this solution by leveraging Huawei’s global OpenLab network including one located in Japan, while exploring business opportunities across the globe.
At this collaboration, Toshiba leverages its IoT architecture SPINEX and Huawei’s NB-IoT solution featuring high reliability and wide coverage. NB-IoT-based smart factory solutions help manufacturers remotely monitor machine operation status in indoor factories where current LTE signals are difficult to reach, and commercial power supply is unavailable.
Toshiba serves the manufacturing industry by bringing a new measure of efficiency with SPINEX as well as SATLYS, an analytics AI service that culminates Toshiba’s 140 years of insights and achievements in manufacturing to perform quick detection and prediction of abnormality.
As a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei offers end-to-end telecommunication systems including NB-IoT, which have been commercialized by 14 operators in China, Korea, Germany, Spain and other countries.
Huawei is also cooperating with 600 companies across 40 industries on NB-IoT applications such as bike sharing, home electric appliances, water meters, street lamps and logistics.