Orbis joined the LuxTurrim5G project in fall 2019. In the project, led by Nokia, several companies and research institutes jointly developed smart poles. Within two years, a pre-commercial smart pole family was completed, and a common application platform enables the utilization of data and services provided by the smart pole network.
Orbis Oy is developing new cabling and connectivity solutions for the 5G mobile network and smart cities. The ongoing pilot projects focus on smart poles that are significantly different from the traditional base station masts.
In this article, we try to summarize the most important things to remember when talking about smart poles.
Terminology and fundamentals
For this comparison, we have simplified the mobile network operations. Some variations have been deliberately omitted to make the presentation clearer.
LuxTurrim5G ecosystem is developing its smart pole concept towards commercialization within two years. The joint effort of several companies and research institutions is proceeding well, and in May 2020 a pilot route of 15 smart poles will be completed in Kera, Espoo. Orbis Oy is responsible for the cabling, connections and assembly of the poles, which means active spring for the Orbis crew.
Hiedanranta is a future district of Tampere city in Finland, where new ideas, experiments and urban culture will flourish. Sustainable and intelligent solutions will make life easier for the future 25 000 residents and 10 000 employees of the area. During the summer 2019, in cooperation with Tehomet Oy and DNA Oyj, Orbis Oy will participate in a Smart Pole pilot project in Hiedanranta.
We are living in fast changing times, moving towards the digital world. The role of data transmission becomes crucial when entire factories are being automated using robotics and artificial intelligence, doctors are performing surgeries remotely and self-driving cars populate the roads.
5G technology has been developed to meet the new data transmission requirements, including capacity, reliability, information security and low latency (delay).
The coming 5G mobile network technology promises faster transmission of larger data volumes and with lower latency times. In Orbis, we have been following the technological development and discussing with our partners what will be the mobile network base stations and network installation like in the future.