Nokia deploys private 5G network for Lufthansa Technik’s virtual inspection trial

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Nokia has deployed a 5G private wireless network for technical aircraft services provider Lufthansa Technik to enable remote engine parts inspection.

Currently, Lufthansa Technik’s civil aviation customers typically travel to Hamburg for component inspections.

Through its ‘Virtual Table Inspection’ proof-of-concept project, Lufthansa Technik will trial inspections of individual engine parts collaboratively over a fast, high-definition video link, meaning that customers don’t need to physically attend servicing.

Customers will be guided through the engine shop using a third-party mobile device that provides real-time, high-resolution video streaming with mechanics and engineers. This will allow virtual inspection of dismantled parts and joint decision-making about inspected components.

5G for aviation

Nokia is deploying the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution, a “plug-and-play digital automation platform”.

Soeren Stark, Lufthansa Technik Executive Board Member, responsible for Technical Operations, Logistics and IT, said, "The first application cases already impressively demonstrate the valuable contribution 5G technology can make to the aviation industry.It will also pave the way for numerous new innovations at Lufthansa Technik that will benefit our company, our employees and also our customers.”

Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise, added, "This application captures the essential value of fast, secure 5G private wireless networking to help improve operational efficiency, productivity and service. It highlights the potential for new ways of working that benefit not only our customers, but also the markets they serve."