Ericsson, Leonardo Partner on Public Safety, Industrial 5G
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | Comments

Ericsson and Leonardo partnering to explore and develop new 5G solutions and business models spanning industry, public safety and critical infrastructure.

The collaboration agreement, which has an international scope, aims to drive solutions that enable industries to transform operations, increase safety and security, and deliver innovative products and services.

Emerging next-generation use and business cases will demand more reliable, higher performance wireless solutions from 4G and 5G mobile networks. The collaboration will see Ericsson and Leonardo sharing research and development (R&D) capabilities and competences spanning cybersecurity, 5G networks and service evolution. The partnership will also address cybersecurity as threats are becoming more complex, especially for strategic critical infrastructures. In certain specific projects and opportunities, the collaboration will also be open to communications service providers and other ecosystem partners.

“5G unlocks the industry digitalization and mission-critical public services evolution,” said Emanuele Iannetti, head of Southeast Mediterranean, Ericsson said. “We’re joining forces with Leonardo to gain a complementary view of market demands and business drivers, taking digitalization to the next level. Through the collective experience we get through this partnership, we will be able to increase the impact of what we do for our customers.”

The Ericsson and Leonardo cooperation will also enable integration and interoperability with narrowband digital communications. This will be done by using LTE and 5G technologies to design and deliver solutions that will provide first responders such as firefighters, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and policemen with fast and secure communications to save lives.

”The agreement brings together market leaders in 5G technology and cybersecurity to accelerate the delivery of more effective, secure and reliable communications,” said Enrico Savio, chief strategy and market intelligence officer, Leonardo. “This will benefit communities and public and private organizations, making them feel safer and more secure, which is one of the objectives of our company’s strategic plan ’Be Tomorrow – Leonardo 2030.’ By bringing together our respective expertise, Ericsson and Leonardo will create the strategic conditions for both companies to grow in the mission-critical sector and deliver innovation that will change the way we do business.”

Alongside narrowband infrastructures, such solutions can support more advanced use cases and mission-critical services such as real-time video, massive use of sensors and augmented reality. Based on the agreement, these jointly developed solutions can be integrated into Leonardo command and control propositions to bring critical mobile broadband benefits to daily operations for public safety users.

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