Ericsson and its Industry 4.0 partner Unikie are collaborating to test automated factory parking with Ericsson’s private 5G Autonomous (SA) network.
Finnish company Unikie develops software for real-time autonomous operation and process management in automotive and industrial solutions, including automated factory parking and valet parking.
At the Turku, Finland test site, vehicles are controlled remotely via a secure and reliable Ericsson 5G private network, using state-of-the-art computing and Unikie’s Automated Factory Parking (AFP) solution.
As a result, the logistics management of vehicles at the plant can be fully automated with reliable connectivity, low latency to meet the security requirements and high security standards of the 5G private network.
As the cars roll off the production line, the drivers move the cars to a parking lot before they are shipped, which takes around 30 minutes. With Unikie’s AFP sensor and software solution, automakers can control and monitor the auto plant route and automate parking.
Automakers benefit from identifying the exact location of parked vehicles, reducing search time and labor costs. With precision parking, the parking space is optimized by up to 20%. An added benefit is increased safety for on-site personnel and minimal vehicle parking accidents. Other possible use cases for the technology include airport parking lots, shopping malls, and logistics centers.
Vesa Kiviranta, Chief Business Officer, Automotive, Unikie said: “With Ericsson, we can meet the reliability and performance requirements essential for large automakers and other industries with large logistics areas. Autonomous vehicles checked on site are efficient and safe not only for the entire automotive production ecosystem, but for all logistics ecosystems. “
Jan Diekmann, Technical Account Manager, Ericsson says: “5G private networks allow automakers to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve worker safety. Combined with Unikie’s automated factory parking solution, vehicle logistics are transformed. It’s exciting to be a part of this project.
See an Ericsso video of the demo via this link.
Unikie is a Finnish software technology company that develops technologies for protected, real-time processes. Our services focus on the crossroads of three global macro-trends – IoE, 5G and AI – where our technological solutions enable constant environmental awareness, as well as decision making and control based on this awareness. Our customers include pioneers in the use of real-time data in the automotive industry as well as other industries and telecommunications companies around the world.
Founded in 2015, Unikie is one of Finland’s fastest growing technology companies. Our turnover in 2020 was 33 million euros. Our goal for the near future is to maintain our rapid international growth rate as the demand for our AI, advanced technology and security solutions grows rapidly across the globe. At the end of 2020, we received growth capital from Capman Growth and Tesi. We employ more than 400 software developers in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland and the United States. Our customers include Sandvik, Nokia, Valmet and Ponsse. www.unikie.com