Vodafone Spain has deployed a private 5G Standalone network at a Ford production plant in Valencia.

The telco noted that the network will enable the carmaker to optimize its production processes at its Almussafes factory, as well as those of its suppliers.

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In the announcement, Vodafone stated that Ford would be able to obtain early validation of components, functionalities, and software.

The manufacturer will be able to access this via the collection of information through still images or videos that will be processed at the Edge of the Vodafone network.

By using RPS (Radio Positioning System) techniques over 5G, Vodafone said it is possible to carry out real-time monitoring of components in the value chain has been carried out using low latency technologies.

Vodafone said that use cases relating to electrical risk protection and ergonomic improvements for assembly line operators are being carried out at the plant.

This specific use case monitors any postural and ergonomic risks to operators while using Kinect sensors and the Edge of Vodafone’s 5G network.

“We are proud to be part of this project along with six other companies with which we share the same desire for innovation," said Laura Galián, territorial director for the Valencian Community, Murcia, and the Balearic Islands of Vodafone Spain.

"The project and our contribution to it are aligned with our strategy to position ourselves as a leading provider in Spain in private 5G SA networks."

According to Vodafone, the project has already "entered the final stretch" and will conclude in June 2024.

5G Standalone (5G SA) is not reliant on older mobile generations and solely uses a 5G core network, whereas 5G Non-Standalone is attached to a 4G core.

Vodafone switched on its 5G network in the UK in July of last year, becoming the first telco to do so in the country.