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5G companion device for mining safety

Mobilaris develops worksite protector for zero-accident vision Metal Tech News – May 19, 2021


Last updated 5/25/2021 at 3:35pm

Ericsson Sigma Connectivity Mobilaris 5G IoT Industry 4.0 safety sensor device


Today, more than 120 5G networks are in commercial service, and Ericsson is leading the market, powering nearly 80 of these networks across five continents.

Ericsson, in partnership with Sigma Connectivity and Mobilaris, has presented the future of workforce safety with the revolutionary combination of 5G and cellular internet of things technology designed to watch your back and every other direction all at once.

Leveraging Ericsson's latest cellular IoT design, Mobilaris has provided Industry 4.0 users with 5G-ready devices that monitor and deliver real-time positioning of people, vehicles, and moving assets within a mining operation or factory floor.

While not a new concept, it is the unseen factors that reveal its worth. Worn by individual workers, the small device is equipped with sensors that automatically react to dangerous gas emissions, humidity levels, and barometric pressure and temperature.

By also offering proximity triggers and collision alerts, miners have a mini-guardian angel or modern-day techno-canary to alert them to dangers in their environment.

"We are excited to bring IoT industrial workforce safety to the market and utilize opportunities with Industry 4.0," said Mobilaris CEO Andreas Ericsson. "It is an honor to collaborate with professional partners such as Ericsson and Sigma Connectivity. Together, we are developing a disruptive workforce safety offer that enables the zero-accident vision."

Bolstered by its industry-leading platform, IoT Accelerator, Ericsson has enabled cost-efficient, reliable, and secure connectivity management and operations for any endeavor anywhere in the world.

With the help of the design house Sigma Connectivity, Mobilaris has accelerated their time to market and industrialize their device based on Ardesco, Ericsson's cellular IoT device reference design.

"We are proud to have been able to support Mobilaris' quest to develop advanced technology with real impact that saves lives," said Business Unit Head IoT Sigma Connectivity Henric Wainebro. "Sigma Connectivity has the unique ability to embrace a customer's vision and efficiently executing on it end-to-end. Combining this with Mobilaris' focused determination paved the way for a truly successful collaboration and exciting journey ahead."

"Our IoT business is about fostering an innovation ecosystem, bringing together partners and devices on our global platform to progress the industry," said Kyle Okamoto, general manager Ericcson IoT. "This work with Mobilaris demonstrates the power of collaboration to bring cellular IoT devices to the market that positively impact industries and people's safety. Enhancing industry and our daily lives through our technology and innovation are at the core of Ericsson's DNA."


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