The Steel Authority of India Limited’s (SAIL) Bokaro steel plant (BSL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) with the aim of exploring the potential of 5G and other wireless communication technologies in the steel manufacturing process.

Alka Selot Asthana, executive director for IT and Telecom at TCIL, said that the firm has the ‘expertise, experience, and resources to provide turnkey solutions for deployment, testing, commissioning and maintenance of 5G technologies for SAIL-BSL.’

The use of 5G technologies will aim to 'enhance the safety and security of the workers at the steel plant and its mines,' the partners said.

Through the deployment of 5G technology, SAIL-BSL will be able to connect and control its various units and processes, including the blast furnaces, rolling mills and other critical systems, in real time. This will enable SAIL-BSL to collect and analyze data from the steel plant and its mines, enabling it to make data-driven decisions to optimize its production processes.

This marks another instance of the steel industry pursuing the research and development of 5G tech, with ArcelorMittal France having announced the operational launch of 5G Steel in earlier this year, which it claims is the largest 4G/5G network in the industrial space. Partners in the project include Orange Business Services and Ericsson.

Source: RCR Wireless News