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SEP 2018

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34 • ROCK products • September 2018 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will be among the first in the world to trial 5G mobile technology as part of a unique collaboration with mobile operator Telia Company. This digital innovation partnership aims to provide a select group of industry partners with an innovative platform to develop their own technologies. For Volvo Construction Equipment, this means pushing the boundaries for autono- mous machines and developing site solutions that increase safety, productivity and uptime. Volvo CE will be in the enviable position in the global con- struction equipment industry of being able to test 5G enabled technologies at a test site in Eskilstuna, Sweden – potentially years ahead of 5G becoming available to the wider public. Patrik Lundblad, Volvo CE's senior vice president of tech- nology, said: "The advantages of a faster, more reliable 5G network represent a huge step forward in connectivity. Within the construction industry it opens up great poten- tial for processing mobile data and will inevitably impact the ways in which our machines communicate and inter- act remotely. To be at the forefront of this digital revolution and collaborate on developing new technologies is a game changer for Volvo CE." This new generation of mobile network is expected to deliver transfer speeds considerably faster than the current 4G network – and is therefore capable of transporting huge amounts of data in far less time. Volvo CE will test the 5G technology's potential by creating a local cellular network at its facility in Eskilstuna, and use it to expand the company's competences and develop ongoing research into autono- mous technology. In sectors such as mining, where it can take several hours of ventilation after blasting rocks before the environment is safe enough for operators to enter, moving closer to remov- ing humans from the production site entirely will bring great advantages in productivity and safety. Calle Skillsäter, Volvo CE's technical specialist for connected machines, said: "5G allows us to transport data in ways that we could only ever dream about and can increase the pos- sibilities for autonomous and remote-controlled machines in our future. By eliminating the potential safety hazards and downtime associated with operations like mining, we can move closer to fulfilling our ambitions to deliver zero emissions, zero accidents and zero unplanned stops." Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Construction Equipment Testing 5G Technology

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