Monday, 09 May 2022 10:54

Ericsson debuts utilities centre in the US to solve world connectivity challenges


Swedish telecommunications vendor Ericsson opens its Global Utilities Innovation Centre in Plano, Texas, consisting of a purpose-built operating lab and demo environment locations that will allow utilities to engage with the company and its partners to solve connectivity challenges.

“Private cellular networks are principal catalysts for utilities in their digital transformation journey to address multiple use cases. Utilities can now leverage our Global Utilities Innovation Centre to experiment with different 4G and 5G use cases and co-create with our ecosystem partners,” says Ericsson North America vice president and head of utilities, energy and industrials Koustuv Ghoshal.

The Global Utilities Innovation Centre is integrated with Ericsson’s device testing lab, a short distance from the Plano site, where utilities and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) partners can test interoperability of their field and IoT devices over mission-critical networks.

Claiming the lab as fully functional and end-to-end operational, the centre contains a smart grid to facilitate real-world demonstrations of end-to-end private networks operations across the power grid from generation and transmission to distribution to end users.

“Utilities require mission-critical networks that have to be secure, reliable, and increasingly sustainable,” stresses Ericsson North America head of business development Per Wahlen.

“The centre is where we can work closely with utility companies, exploring new 4G and 5G use cases and delivering end-to-end solutions. At each point, you can see the benefits of the latest generations of cellular wireless networks in enhancing security, resilience, and efficiency of the power infrastructure.”

Ericsson's Global Utilities Innovation Centre showcases Ericsson’s capabilities and partner solutions for utilities. It is a learning platform for exchanging information and ideas between the utilities, Ericsson, and the entire industry.

The environment also allows for co-creation with partners while utilities replicate their end-to-end use cases. The Global Utilities Innovation Centre houses the Ericsson Experience Center in Plano, Texas, and Ericsson Labs in Richardson, Texas.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 6 May 2022.

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