Wireless connectivity to support ocean cleanup efforts

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Mobile phone operator, Nokia, has announced that it will deploy private wireless connectivity, network edge equipment and analytics for The Ocean Cleanup, an international non-profit project working to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

The collaboration is in line with Nokia’s enhanced Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, as well as a broader longstanding commitment to advancing the role of technology in combatting climate change and minimising environmental impacts.

Nokia said that it is focused on the role its products play in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges, using connectivity and digitalisation to restore stalled productivity, provide inclusive access to opportunity and relieve pressure on the environment and natural ecosystems. According to UNESCO, plastic waste makes up 80 per cent of all marine pollution and around eight to ten million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.

Nokia and MCS, Nokia’s partner for Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) distribution in the Benelux, have already successfully deployed the first Nokia DAC private wireless solution for The Ocean Cleanup’s operations in the North Pacific, and will deploy further systems at a later stage. Nokia DAC is a high-performance, end-to-end private wireless networking and edge computing platform. The Nokia connectivity, Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) and analytics will be used for applications such as high-end video connectivity over 4G technology, to help navigate The Ocean Cleanup’s operations while harvesting plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

5G, private wireless, edge compute, sensors, AI-based analytics, drones and other advanced technologies will play an increasingly critical role in supporting the conservation and sustainability of our natural environment by providing immediate up-to-date and constant information on the status of the environment, whether on land or in the sea. Working with The Ocean Cleanup provides the opportunity to explore that role further.

“Through our subsea optical fiber networks, innovations such as acoustic sensing technology, remote environmental monitoring, or private wireless, Nokia can – and will – continue to play an important role in the marine environment. We are proud to support and collaborate with The Ocean Cleanup, and look forward to see how our technology can genuinely drive sustainable change and help protect critical natural resources and habitats,” said Subho Mukherjee, head of sustainability at Nokia.

“At Nokia we believe that there is no green without digital, and that we have our greatest positive impact on people’s lives and the planet through our products and solutions,” said Stephan Litjens, vice president of enterprise campus edge solutions at Nokia. “This project truly exemplifies that. Our Nokia DAC private wireless network and Nokia MXIE edge computing system will ensure reliable, cost-effective voice and data communication between the two ships involved in the clean-up operation.  With secure coverage on open sea also enabling video and analytics, this solution improves worker safety and provides high visibility and scouting of target clean-up areas.”

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