Huawei and Toshiba Digital Solutions Showcase the First
NB-IoT-based Joint Solution for Smart Factory

Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation

[Shenzhen, China and Kawasaki, Japan, November 29, 2017] Huawei and Toshiba Digital Solutions (Toshiba) jointly showcased the first result of their cooperation on NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things)*1-based Smart Factory*2 solutions at the 2017 Global Mobile Broadband Forum*3, held in London from Nov. 15th to 16th. At the event, both companies demonstrated Smart Factory solutions including Toshiba’s IoT Gateway equipped with a Huawei NB-IoT chipset.

The two companies agreed to collaborate in the industrial IoT field back in March 2017, and have been working on technical verifications for Smart Factory NB-IoT applications as their first project. Moving forward, Huawei and Toshiba will work on field trials of this solution by leveraging Huawei’s global OpenLab network including one located in Japan, while exploring business opportunities across the globe.

Huawei and Toshiba jointly showcased a NB-IoT-based Smart Factory Solution, integrating Toshiba’s IoT architecture SPINEX and an IoT Gateway equipped with Huawei’s NB-IoT chipset

Huawei and Toshiba jointly showcased a NB-IoT-based Smart Factory Solution, integrating Toshiba’s IoT architecture SPINEX and an IoT Gateway equipped with Huawei’s NB-IoT chipset

At this collaboration, Toshiba leverages its IoT architecture SPINEX and Huawei’s NB-IoT solution featuring high reliability and wide coverage. NB-IoT-based smart factory solutions help manufacturers remotely monitor machine operation status in indoor factories where current LTE signals are difficult to reach, and commercial power supply is unavailable.

Toshiba serves the manufacturing industry by bringing a new measure of efficiency with SPINEX as well as SATLYS, an analytics AI service that culminates Toshiba’s 140 years of insights and achievements in manufacturing to perform quick detection and prediction of abnormality.

As a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei offers end-to-end telecommunication systems including NB-IoT, which have been commercialized by 14 operators in China, Korea, Germany, Spain and other countries. Huawei is also cooperating with 600 companies across 40 industries on NB-IoT applications such as bike sharing, home electric appliances, water meters, street lamps and logistics.


  • *1 NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things): A Low Power, Wide Area Network standard defined starting in 3GPP release 13.
  • *2 Smart Factory: Advanced factories which realize improvement of productivity and quality through collecting and analyzing various data by introducing IoT into factories.
  • *3 Global Mobile Broadband Forum: Annual event held by Huawei since 2010 to promote development of mobile broadband technologies and industry ecosystem. The event is co-hosted with the GSM Association (GSMA), the global industry organization for the mobile industry, and the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), which promotes LTE TDD. The 8th event was held at ExCeL London in London from Nov.15 to 16 in 2017, which attracted 1,400 visitors. The previous year's event was held in Japan. (Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.)

About Toshiba Digital Solutions

Toshiba Group is a globally competitive organization focused on four main business domains: Social Infrastructure, Energy, Electronic Devices and Digital Solutions. Toshiba Digital Solutions is the core driver of the Group’s Digital Solutions business and delivers system integration and digital service solutions that accelerate digital transformation.
Drawing on know-how cultivated in over 140 years in the social infrastructure business and manufacturing, combined with the latest ICT including IoT and AI, Toshiba Digital Solutions co-creates new value propositions with customers and society.

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