HMS Networks Releases Industrial 5G Router and Starterkit

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

HMS Networks released one of the first commercially available industrial 5G router optimized for industrial private networks.  The Wireless Router 5G supports Ericsson Industry Connect 5G networks and allows users to get started with 5G in their Industrial 5G Routerown location.  HMS also offers a ready-made starterkit for test and evaluation of typical industrial use cases.

The Wireless Router 5G was developed by HMS Networks’ technology initiative “HMS Labs” and allows early adopters of 5G to try out the new technology.  It claims to be the first commercially available Industrial 5G router optimized for private networks to pass the CE conformance test.

With 5G in a factory, users benefit from a wireless network that is fit for industrial demands in terms of communication speeds and security – along with all the flexibility that comes with wireless.

The Wireless Router 5G has been extensively tested with the Ericsson Industry Connect 5G solution in standalone (SA) operation using band n78.  It enables users to create a cellular connection in an industrial production environment.  Supporting 4G and 5G cellular technology, it is a communication solution for automated guided vehicles, AGVs, and other industrial machines.

HMS also offers a starterkit for evaluation of 5G and starting up a network with Ericsson Industry Connect.  The Starterkit includes the Wireless Router 5G and two industrial IO-Link sensors sending data across the 5G network.  This allows users to try out 5G in their own facilities without having to set up applications of their own from scratch.

Data from the sensors can be accessed using the Modbus TCP and MQTT protocols as well as in JSON format.  There is also a web-based demo ready to show the sensor data across the 5G network in a regular browser.

For now, the router is available only to users of the Industry Connect system from Ericsson.

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