Telecom firm Nokia has delivered an Internet of Things (IoT)-based highway landslide monitoring and early warning system for Chinese highways operations management company BGIGC Group.

For this offering, Nokia partnered with China Mobile / CMCC Guangxi.

The system is deployed on the G75 Lanzhou-Haikou Expressway in the Guangxi province. It has already passed through extensive trials, where it successfully prevented adverse impact to road users following a landslide in March last year.

CMCC Guangxi enterprise applications expert Yang Jirong said: “Immediately upon deployment, the Nokia IoT solution demonstrated the value it can deliver.

“As a leading operator, we are highly committed to enhancing expressway safety for all road users with 5G technology and this project is a major step forward in that goal.”

The landslide monitoring and alarm system is based on the Nokia IMPACT IoT platform, which is designed to offer a secure, simplified platform for building and scaling new IoT services.

The IMPACT IoT platform comprises end-to-end Nokia hardware that includes Edge+ gateway and sensor nodes, as well as Nokia software.

It delivers real-time alerts to highway operators on changes in ground conditions and immediately informs management personnel by SMS or phone call upon indications of a potential landslide.

Nokia Shanghai Bell executive vice-president Cheng Gang said: “This is an outstanding example of the benefits the IoT can deliver to improve public safety.

“Nokia is working with the world’s leading manufacturers to develop high-precision sensors and algorithms for industrial applications that can deliver all the cost-competitive benefits of easily deployed, low-power, wide-area network technology.”

Nokia noted that this project was listed among 2019’s 30 excellent recommendation cases by the Chinese Safety Committee of the Ministry of Transportation.

In April 2018, Nokia, along with Japanese mobile service provider KDDI, trialled the use of 4G long-term evolution (LTE) to provide a cost-efficient, low-latency connectivity for vehicles in Japan.