Tata Communications has launched a dedicated private 5G global Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Pune in a bid to accelerate Industry 4.0 applications and capabilities for enterprises. The new CoE is an agile, secure and indoor facility to test and trial industry use cases. Tata Communications has developed use cases across automotive, metals and mining, airports and seaports, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare sectors.

With trials underway, Tata Communications will be able to demonstrate private 5G use cases such as automated quality inspection of equipment using video and image analytics, inventory management and asset tracking, warehouse theft detection, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR)-based remote worker collaboration, and video-powered retail purchase, to name a few. The company is following robust measures, including Interoperability tests to assess compatibility of the company’s private network with different devices and, rigorous monitoring and testing to ensure stable connectivity throughout the test duration at the CoE.

Commenting on the development, Mysore Madhusudhan, executive vice president, Collaboration and Connected Solutions, Tata Communications, said, “5G has the transformative power to be a game changer for all. We are encouraged and excited about leveraging this technology to enable the future of enterprises and economies. Early test results in our global CoE have proved to be very positive providing an evolutionary path towards Industry 4.0 scenarios to varied industries. We believe this centre is well poised to empower enterprises for a hyper-connected tomorrow.”

As outlined in ‘5G the 5M way’, Tata Communications envisions the 5G era to focus on automating the interplay between ‘Man-Machine-Material-Method-Market’ to enable a holistic ecosystem. This ecosystem will enable enterprises to achieve business goals, unlock new revenue sources, business models and have the ability to address new markets through secure and digital experiences.

In addition, Tata Communications already has two CoEs in Delhi and Mumbai, India engaged in designing, building and demonstrating multiple internet of things (IoT) use cases. Here, the company has successfully showcased several use cases of smart streetlights, connected workers, smart utility meters for water, gas and energy, asset tracking, and temperature and humidity sensors, to name a few.