Scania has taken part in Ericsson’s keynote address on fifth generation network technology at the World Mobile Congress, the mobile industry’s largest exhibition and conference, currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain.
Ericsson’s CEO Hans Vestberg introduced Scania at Ericsson’s keynote on 5G as a partner who is helping transform the ICT industry and lead the way into 5G. “Scania is a very demanding 5G customer,” Vestberg said.
Scania’s President and CEO Martin Lundstedt spoke about the 110,000 heavy vehicles that are now connected, meaning that they use on-board computers to wirelessly send information to fleet management systems, and said that another five to six thousand vehicles are becoming connected every month.
Connectivity transforms businesses
Lundstedt said that the 110,000 connected vehicles has resulted in: “Scania moving from transport to mobility and lifecycle solutions with our customers.”
Lundstedt also explained how data from the connected vehicles may be used for insurance policies, environmental reports and service and maintenance planning.
“We can also sell data to investment bankers as logistics data is an early indicator of industrial activity,” Lundstedt said.
Cooperation unleashes business potential
Lundstedt highlighted the importance of connecting technical solutions with business models.
“To unleash the potential, we must create business models where different stakeholders will benefit together,” he said. “For example transporters, the telecom industry, vehicle manufacturers and public authorities.”
It was also announced in the keynote that Ericsson is now joining the Integrated Transport Research Laboratory, a multidisciplinary initiative that spans several fields within KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, including vehicle technology, intelligent transport systems, policy issues, infrastructure, and business development.