Ericsson and Comau partner to explore potential of 5G for smart manufacturing


ricsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Comau, a world-leading company in industrial

automation products, systems and solutions, have signed a collaboration agreement to explore the potential of 5G through a series of projects related to the development of innovative services and solutions on Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, enabled by 5G technologies. Through the combination

of Ericsson’s leadership in 5G technologies and Comau’s leadership in automated manufacturing solutions, this

collaboration aims to prove the benefits of advanced Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for industrial automation. Comau and Ericsson will leverage existing and future 5G network technologies, IoT platforms, Cloud and Big Data solutions, in order to enable innovative services, increased competitiveness and efficiency for smart manufacturing, maintenance and quality control. The collaboration also aims to establish a strong research and industrial community and an innovation ecosystem where Comau and Ericsson, their customers, academia, public authorities and other

stakeholders may join and collaborate to boost ideas and share resources, in order to showcase the benefits of advanced IoT solutions for different applications. Mauro Fenzi, CEO of Comau, a company that has been committed to developing solutions for Industry 4.0, focuses on the importance of the project: “Our strategy to make more and more ‘open industrial automation’ and easy-to-use technologies is enhanced by a new element, represented by the agreement signed with Ericsson. This collaboration, and especially the synergy that comes

from the union of the know- how of two great companies, enables us to develop the technological infrastructures for the communication networks of the ‘Factory 4.0’, applying them directly in industrial plants while complying to our fundamental values - security, speed and ease of use”. Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Region

Mediterranean, Ericsson, says: “As the world becomes ever more digitally and globally connected, industries are experiencing an ICT-driven transformation. This collaboration with Comau is an important milestone that can demonstrate how factories and

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