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Wireless Broadband Alliance and Mettis Aerospace Announce Wi-Fi 6 IoT Trial

By Ken Briodagh April 17, 2019

The Wireless Broadband Alliance, an organization in support of the adoption of next generation Wi-Fi services, recently announced its first Wi-Fi 6 Industrial Enterprise and IoT trial, as part of its ongoing Wi-Fi 6 program.

Mettis Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of precision-forged, machined and sub-assembled components primarily for the aerospace and defense industry, reportedly will work with WBA members to test several use cases on a Wi-Fi 6 network at its West Midlands facility. The trial, the first of a series of global trials, will enable the use of augmented reality, real-time monitoring of equipment, and other applications in an enterprise network environment designed to digitize Mettis’ production line, according to the company. Mettis Aerospace is a key supplier for organizations like Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

“We’re delighted to be the first aerospace company to trial Wi-Fi 6. By working with the WBA, we’re able to gain access to dozens of leading vendors and operators in the Wi-Fi arena,” said Dave Green, Head of IT, Mettis Aerospace. “Industrial manufacturers work in incredibly complex environments, which can make cellular technologies challenging to deploy and operate effectively. We believe that Wi-Fi 6 has a significant role to play within the 5G ecosystem, enabling a range of, cost-effective, industrial applications.”

The Mettis Aerospace environment is challenging from a connectivity perspective, with a large geography to be covered, and industrial radio interference that can disrupt signals. Some applications will require high bandwidth, others low latency and mission critical applications need clear prioritization for data. Wi-Fi 6 reportedly is positioned to support the provision of cost-effective enterprise-level connectivity in this industrial environment, to these standards using the latest security capabilities.

The West Midlands region, under the leadership of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, was selected to be the UK’s 5G Testbed for manufacturing and security by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. This trial will demonstrate the role that Wi-Fi 6 has to play in the broader 5G ecosystem.

“Wi-Fi 6 is a critical component for the future of connectivity for enterprises, operators and consumers. The work of Mettis Aerospace, the WBA and its members will clearly illustrate the role that Wi-Fi 6 has to play,” said Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager, WBA. “We’re delighted to be working with Mettis Aerospace and are grateful to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership for inviting us to collaborate with them to demonstrate the capabilities and promote the convergence of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 in heterogeneous networks. This first trial will serve as an example to industrial manufacturers around the world who are embracing the move to ‘industry 4.0’ about the capabilities to deliver transformation with Wi-Fi 6.”




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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