NEW DELHI: The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wednesday said that it has conducted the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 industrial enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) trial, as part of its ongoing Wi-Fi 6 program.
Mettis Aerospace, a supplier of Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce will work with WBA members to test several use cases on a Wi-Fi 6 network at its 27-acre West Midlands facility, it said in a statement.
This first trial, according to the company, will serve as an example to industrial manufacturers worldwide which are embracing the move to industry 4.0.
The trial, the first of a series, will enable the use of augmented reality, real-time monitoring of equipment, and a host of other applications in an enterprise network environment designed to digitise Mettis’ production line.
“Wi-Fi 6 is a critical component for the future of connectivity for enterprises, operators and consumers. The work of Mettis Aerospace, the WBA and its members will clearly illustrate the role that Wi-Fi 6 has to play,” Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager at WBA said.
The trial is being managed by the WBA and Mettis Aerospace, and supported by WBA members including British Telecom (BT), Boingo, Broadcom, BSG Wireless, CableLabs, Cisco, HPE Aruba and Intel. It is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2019.
“Wi-Fi 6 has inherent capabilities that enable wireless to be more deterministic, which is important for mission-critical IoT assets being used in manufacturing automation”, Matt MacPherson, CTO Wireless at Cisco said.