Asseco CEIT – the first Slovak 5G campus network for Slovak Telekom

Today, the innovative technological company Asseco CEIT, a.s. together with the largest Slovak multimedia operator Slovak Telekom announced a joint project to build a 5G private campus network on the premises of the Asseco CEIT Research and Development Centre in Žilina. Asseco CEIT will be the first company in Slovakia to be able to use its own 5G local private wireless network, operating independently of the public mobile network and adapted to the individual needs of the company and the principles of Industry 4.0. 

As part of its long-term strategy to develop the concept of the Digital Enterprise, Asseco CEIT plans to use the 5G network to advance technological and process innovations for logistics and production systems, artificial intelligence, and their practical use in industry in order to achieve higher productivity, optimization and digitization. 

The application of 5G technology will bring industrial companies broader opportunities for a high degree of automation, including mutual communication between industrial modules, their coordination and centralized control with an immediate response time. The 5G network will also enable machines and mobile production and logistics equipment to be controlled remotely, as well as enable diagnostics using virtual and augmented reality, or remote maintenance. In the field of logistics, the 5G network can provide advanced monitoring of material transfer in real time, an optimization of logistics flows and the possibility of diagnostics and the visualization of logistics routes and equipment remotely with the help of virtual reality. Dramatic progress can also be made in the advancement of artificial intelligence, especially in segments where development has been impaired by a lack of data and a low speed of digitization. In addition, 5G technology ensures the immediate response of AI algorithms and the connection of a large number of new devices, which previously could only be connected with great difficulty.

One of the key advantages of 5G technology in services is simplifying access to real-time data for end users, customers, or suppliers. It provides healthcare with the opportunity to use remote support for patient diagnosis through “live” broadcasts directly to the outpatient clinic and hospital, or telemedicine using augmented reality. In addition, proactive maintenance of medical devices will prevent them from becoming faulty. The deployment of 5G technology in the energy sector would represent an increase in work safety, such as the remote monitoring and control of equipment in real time, where the main benefit can be an increase in work safety.

“I consider fifth generation networks to be an evolution that makes a true revolution possible,” explains Peter Macus, Technical Director of Asseco CEIT. “Data is the basis of all progress. It is possible to change processes, companies or society mainly based on data. The construction of the 5G campus is the result of Asseco CEIT’s many years of efforts to research and develop new approaches in technical innovation as well as in the digitization of processes. I believe that Asseco CEIT together with Telekom will move Slovakia on the path to a technological revolution with the help of this evolution,” adds Peter Macus.

“We are very pleased to be building the first 5G campus network for Asseco CEIT, which brings innovations in the field of industrial automation. Together, we are opening up new opportunities for the digitization of Slovakia and I believe that we will help develop the potential of Slovak companies. The rapid adaptation of fifth generation networks will enable Slovakia to start the digital economy and gain an edge and competitive advantage in the global market,” says Dušan Švalek, Director of Slovak Telekom Slovak Republic. 

Advantages of the 5G campus network

A campus network is a local private wireless network that operates independently of the public mobile network, is tailored to individual needs for specific applications and meets current, and especially future, requirements in the field of Industry 4.0. The advantage of the campus network is that it provides the ability to use only selected devices within the campus, which increases the level of security and control. This network can also be adapted or combined with public networks. The goal of campus networks is to provide companies with the opportunity to use modern digital communication technologies with the support of 5G wireless networks to streamline their work, production, and operational processes. By using private 5G campus networks, industrial enterprises will also gain high security, reliability, high data rates with low network latency as well as the ability to connect a huge number of devices to the network. The combination of 5G technology and a private campus network brings revolutionary digitization opportunities in manufacturing industries as well as in logistics, healthcare, trade, and many others.

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