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Vodafone’s 5G-ready mobile private network at Centrica paves way for energy sector of the future

Centrica’s plant in County Durham will be the first in the UK to benefit from a secure 5G-ready mobile private network, a move set to kick-start a 5G revolution in the energy and utilities sector.

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First 5G-ready Mobile Private Network (MPN) in the energy and utilities sector in the UK
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Secure, dedicated network delivers high-speed and low latency to transform the plant into a fully connected digital ecosystem
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Centrica can assess risk and urgency of repairs in real time, resulting in significant efficiencies and cost savings
Birds-eye view of oil refinery

In a first for the energy and utilities industry, Vodafone is deploying a dedicated Mobile Private Network (MPN) at the Centrica Easington plant to boost efficiency, improve safety and reduce business risk.

Vodafone’s 5G-ready network will enable a range of transformative use cases including protecting worker safety with gas exposure alerts and more remote maintenance through the introduction of digital solutions and applications.

In this industrial setting, WiFi does not give the level of bandwidth and latency required. However, a 5G-ready MPN will transform almost every process across the plant in one connected ecosystem.

“The Mobile Private Network will provide Centrica with a conduit through which we can connect myriad internet-enabled devices. This will improve safety, verification, asset performance and remote monitoring, which ultimately leads to a safer, more reliable and cost-efficient plant.”

Greg McKenna, CEO, Centrica Storage Ltd

Connectivity brings more efficiency, keeping Centrica in the know

A 5G-ready MPN connects millions of devices to one another and they feed data in real time using IoT sensors.

This network can support anything from handheld to augmented reality devices that monitor hard-to-reach places and help secure unmanned sites.

Centrica engineers can quickly spot any issues across the facility and minimise downtime while also being able to manage energy consumption more effectively.

Aside from the expected cost savings, higher productivity and safer workplace, Vodafone’s network also makes the facility fit for the future.

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