Nokia drives IoT transformation of European logistics

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Nokia has announced the expansion of its Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless (PW) solution into several European countries, aiming to drive the IoT transformation of the logistics industry.

DAC PW Compact aims to provide reliable, secure connectivity for devices, machines, and sensors within micro fulfilment centres, warehouses, and other small-medium business sites. 

With the rise of e-commerce and on-demand delivery, logistics operators face mounting pressure to enable faster, more efficient processes underpinned by automation, sensors, and data analytics. However, legacy Wi-Fi networks often cannot provide the consistent connectivity and performance essential for deploying IoT devices and applications on a large scale.

DAC PW Compact claims to overcome these historic challenges by dedicating licensed, private spectrum to industrial and logistics environments specifically.

The industrial-grade private network ensures seamless mobility, security, latency, and capacity to interconnect autonomous guided vehicles, handheld devices, sensors, and assets throughout warehouses and across sites. This allows logistics companies to track goods end-to-end, orchestrate automated workflows, gain data insights, and create digital twins of machines and processes—driving productivity, efficiency, and new service opportunities. 

According to ABI Research, the European logistics market could lose over $1 billion in revenue during 2024 due to connectivity issues hindering automation. Nokia DAC PW Compact mitigates this risk by reducing Wi-Fi energy consumption by 60 percent and lowering operational costs.

DAC PW Compact also integrates with Nokia’s MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform to run edge applications that bring intelligence down to the device and machine level.

Stephan Litjens, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Nokia, said:

“As digital transformation takes hold within a wider range of industries where security, scalability, productivity, and efficiency are much needed, Nokia DAC PW Compact offers the capabilities of our mission-critical industrial edge (MXIE), simplifies industrial digitalisation of small-medium size businesses, and will help to accommodate the growing and changing needs of the logistics market in Europe.”

With dedicated spectrum and advanced private wireless features tailored to IoT requirements, Nokia DAC PW Compact paves the way for European logistics operators and other industries to realise the full potential of smart, connected operations.

IoT and automation will transform warehouses from cost centres into catalysts for new revenue and customer-centric business models.

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