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Nokia: Speeding up AI and audio-visual trials in 5G environments

Nokia is a B2B technology innovation leader in networking, bringing together the world’s people, machines and devices to realize the potential of digital in every industry.

For more than 30 years, Nokia has defined many of the fundamental technologies used in any device that is connected to a cellular network and taken a leadership role in standards setting. Nokia is also a leader in multimedia research and standardization. Since 2000, Nokia has invested over 140 billion EUR in R&D. Last year alone, Nokia invested 4.5 billion EUR, filing patents on over 1,700 new inventions, in areas such as next generation multimedia communications, artificial intelligence and machine learning at the edge and on-devices as well as XR-supported digital twins for 5G-enabled industry 4.0 applications.

Nokia is currently establishing an AI-based situational awareness (AISA) ecosystem in Finland, as part of Business Finland’s Veturi initiative. The aim is to enable Finnish companies and academia to become global leaders in AI-assisted situational awareness research and technology enablers.

This leadership will span academic research, product R&D, technology development, and related international standardization efforts. AISA is also responsible for collaborating and supporting different business verticals, from industry automation to data center applications.

Through AISA, Nokia contributes to the development of multi-modal AI technologies for decision support, efficient audio/visual data streaming in a private network architecture, and spatial computing services, which are enabled by physical environment sensing and XR-based visualization for operational efficiency.

Unlocking a broad range of AI opportunities

5G will enable unprecedented enterprise-level communication and data flow capabilities – which are crucial for enterprise automation and efficiency improvements – via digital twins, AI-based situational awareness, environment sensing, and interaction.

Collecting large data sets also brings new challenges for data visualization and (virtual) asset management within and across enterprises. New ways of accessing, visualizing, and interacting with data and assets (whether virtual or physical) are required.

Spatial environments will become a means to process information via VR and XR, human-machine interaction and data manipulation. Moreover, digital information interoperability will be a crucial ingredient in Nokia’s 5G enabled cross-enterprise solutions.

AI-based situational awareness provides decision-makers with a deeper understanding of complex or dynamic situations such as air traffic control, power plant operations, ship navigation, and military command and control. It offers insights into how events, information, or actions influence objectives, either in real-time or in the future.

Joint actions for AI implementations

Industrial 5G is an end-to-end offering combining radio technology, advanced algorithms, network management systems and industry applications. The AISA project can provide a new backbone for the solutions based on fast, secure, low latency connectivity supported by AI and edge computing capabilities suitable for mission critical needs. The key technology drivers of AISA will unlock a broad range of AI opportunities, including the optimization of service delivery, decision-making and end-user experience in 5G domain.

To accelerate the adoption of AI, new collaboration models and agile practices are needed, along with clear methodologies to estimate the value creation and enhance business cases.

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Contact persons:  
Technology Expert Dr. Jukka Saarinen,
Director, Head of Multimedia Technologies Unit Ville-Veikko Mattila,
Distinguished Research Manager Emre Aksu,