How Private Cellular Networks are Driving IoT in Manufacturing

Mark Grushey and James Rose, US Cellular

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US Cellular is driving digitization in manufacturing.

That's right - the consumer wireless carrier you're familiar with has entered the industrial IoT sector, using its unique technology and business case to help manufacturers on their digital transformation journey.

In this episode, we're joined by two of US Cellular's experts, Mark Grushey - Business Development Manager for Smart Cities and James Rose - Head of Private Cellular Networks. Mark and James help us understand Private Cellular Networks, their use case in manufacturing, and how evolving technologies will change the workplace and workforce landscape in the coming years.

This episode was filmed live at Rockwell Automation Fair.

3 Big Takeaways from this episode:

  1. How Private Cellular Networks are being used in manufacturing operations: Industrial operations live and breathe data - especially in 2023. The power to extract, store and analyze this data takes immense network capabilities - which can run up a large capital expense for manufacturers. Now, companies can now leverage the power of US Cellular's technology to have their own custom localized data solution, taking the burden off themselves.
  2. The role of private cellular technology in Industry 4.0: Why use cellular when we have WiFi? In an era of Industry 4.0, PCNs serve to augment WiFi, not replace it. Consider these applications: using cellular in operations outside the building where WiFi doesn't reach; increasing data bandwidth to enable a company to deploy more sensors, more smart devices, and gather more data than WiFi bandwidth could allow; hosting operationally-critical use cases on private cellular, separate from a company WiFi network that many individuals may have access to; and creating low-latency, high-bandwidth capabilities to enable businesses to innovate much more rapidly.
  3. 5G will not only transform manufacturing opportunities, but also how we prepare students for this new workforce: As 5G gets deployed across the world, the overabundance of data we already have will only become a larger issue. Today's students need to learn how to find the relevant data points in a sea of information and translate it into meaningful information that can drive business forward. Mark and James discuss an ongoing project at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Connected Systems Institute and how universities can help drive some of this innovation.


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