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Nokia is introducing enhanced versions of the Nokia Industrial 5G field router and Nokia XR20 smartphone, created for 4.9G and 5G networks, to allow oil and gas companies and other industries to maintain vital connectivity of their workforce and machines.

The digital transformation of industries is driven not just by the need to boost productivity and efficiency, but also by the desire to protect teams and the environment. It is essential to keep workers connected at a remote oil drilling platform, chemical processing plant, dusty mine or any other hazardous environment.

The ruggedized Nokia XR20 has been enhanced in collaboration with HMD Global to meet the requirements of operating in hazardous environments. With applications such as Nokia Team Comms and Group Communications on smartphones, workers can interact using push-to-talk and video.

Jaime Laguna, global head of oil and gas and mining for Nokia, said: “Nokia is committed to delivering end-to-end private wireless solutions for enterprises and allowing workers to communicate in the most intuitive, secure and safe ways, especially in demanding hazardous environments. We are pleased to enhance our portfolio of ruggedized devices to meet these specific industry demands for safe connectivity.”

Nokia Industrial 5G field routers and Nokia XR20 Industrial edition phones are ATEX and IECEx certified, with the phones also NEC500 and UL certified to meet the protection requirements of countries across the globe. ATEX, IECEx, NEC500 and UL detail the requirements for making equipment safe to use in locations where flammable chemicals are being used and where explosions could occur.

Nokia's pioneering Industrial 5G field routers also solve the issue of connecting legacy industrial equipment and vehicles to the private wireless network by allowing enterprises to benefit from Industry 4.0 use cases such as autonomous operations at mines, ports and factories. Now equipped with integrated enclosures, oil and gas companies can use the industrial field routers to connect autonomous vehicles in hazardous areas as well as collect environmental and other types of data from machines connected by field routers over the private wireless network.

Moreover, by implementing the Nokia Digital Automated Cloud (DAC) private wireless platform, customers can leverage the recently launched Nokia Connectivity Operations Dashboard, which extends the Nokia Industrial device management. This will provide the tools required to track and assess device and network health without the need to deploy a separate solution.

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