The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), an industry association that promotes interoperability between different operators in the Wi-Fi industry, as per recent reports, has announced the start of its first Wi-Fi 6 Industrial Enterprise and IoT trial, as part of the association’s ongoing Wi-Fi 6 program.
Reports are that Mettis Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of aviation & aerospace components catering to the aerospace and defense industry, will be jointly working with WBA partners and members on testing several use cases on a Wi-Fi 6 network at the company’s West Midlands facility in Worcestershire, England. The Wi-Fi 6 trials, amongst a series of the first global trials, will try to enable the use of augmented reality (AR), real-time equipment monitoring, and other applications that are quite a norm in an enterprise network environment, in its bid to digitize Mettis’ production line, said company officials. Mettis Aerospace is renowned for its precision forged and machined components and 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,” stated 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.”
“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,” mentioned 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.”