Nokia Aids Ocean Cleanup with Wireless Connectivity
Nokia has declared that it will provide private wireless connectivity, network edge equipment, and analytics for The Ocean Cleanup. The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organisation that aims to create and expand technologies to eliminate plastic from the world's oceans.
This partnership fits with Nokia's expanded Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy and its long-term commitment to using technology to fight climate change and reduce environmental damage.
Nokia focuses on the role its products perform in addressing critical global issues. It employs connectivity and digitalisation to reignite stagnant productivity, ensure equal access to opportunities, and ease the stress on the environment and natural ecosystems. UNESCO reports that plastic debris accounts for 80% of all marine pollution, with between 8 and 10 million metric tonnes of plastic waste finding its way into the oceans every year.
The integration of advanced technologies such as 5G, private wireless, edge computing, sensors, AI-based analytics, and drones will be pivotal in ensuring the conservation and sustainability of our natural environment.
These technologies provide current and continuous information on the state of the environment, both on land and at sea. Collaborating with The Ocean Cleanup presents an opportunity to further explore the potential of these technologies.
Subho Mukherjee, Head of Sustainability at Nokia, said: “Through our subsea optical fibre networks, innovations such as acoustic sensing technology, remote environmental monitoring, or private wireless, Nokia can—and will—continue to play an important role in the marine environment. We are proud to support and collaborate with The Ocean Cleanup and look forward to seeing how our technology can genuinely drive sustainable change and help protect critical natural resources and habitats.”
Stephan Litjens, Vice President of Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions at Nokia, said: “At Nokia, we believe that there is no green without digital and that we have our greatest positive impact on people’s lives and the planet through our products and solutions. This project truly exemplifies that. Our Nokia DAC private wireless network and Nokia MXIE edge computing system will ensure reliable, cost-effective voice and data communication between the two ships involved in the clean-up operation. With secure coverage on the open sea also enabling video and analytics, this solution improves worker safety and provides high visibility and scouting of target clean-up areas.”