Last month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung Electronics, Cisco and Orange unveiled demonstrations of two promising industrial 5G applications – a drone and an industrial robot. The three companies demonstrated 5G-equipped devices at the exhibition for the first time.
5G Drone Application
In this demonstration, a Drone carrying a very low latency, high-quality video system was piloted from the Orange booth. The drone carries a 5G router (CPE) which transfers commands to the drone and transmits a high-quality video feed with low latency. Pilots were seen controlling the drone by using a 5G tablet. Aeromedia, a leading drone operator, collaborated in this demo.
5G Industrial Robot Applications
In the second demonstration, an autonomous robot carried manufacturing parts and transmitted live video feeds taken by a 360º camera and a Full HD camera, both installed in the robot. The streaming video allows operators to monitor the robot’s environment remotely, and react to and control the robot when its autonomous operation is interrupted due to unexpected obstacles in its path. The video and commands controlling the robot are transmitted through a 5G network. This demonstration was done in cooperation with Acciona, a global company providing renewables, infrastructure and services.
The demonstrations showed industrial use cases powered by 5G’s ultra-reliability, low-latency
Samsung and Cisco joined forces for these live demonstrations. Samsung used its 5G solutions including virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units, multiple indoor and outdoor 5G routers, and 5G tablets. Cisco’s Ultra Gateway Platform delivers a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure that brings enhanced throughput and flexibility. Leveraging the wide bandwidth available at mmWave bands, like 26GHz, and advanced antenna technologies like massive MIMO and beamforming, the companies were able to achieve mobility, a very low end-to-end latency, and high capacity enabling the transfer of high-quality video feeds.
“Thanks to this successful test of 5G industrial applications, Orange has been able to verify use cases for verticals that are enabled by this technology,” said Mónica Sala, Chief Technical and Information Officer at Orange Spain. “We can now better understand the way in which this technology works in real industrial environments. This is a major step in driving forward the development of 5G.”
“5G has the potential to transform industry and society by unlocking creative business models,” said GY Seo, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “By leveraging our commercially-proven 5G solutions, we will continue collaborating with global partners to accelerate real-world use cases powered by 5G, ultimately impacting our everyday lives.”
“We continue to expand our 5G trials with Samsung and Orange to help Orange explore various use cases that fit its customer requirements,” said Kishen Mangat, Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Mobility, Cisco. “Showcasing our drone and robot here at Mobile World Congress demonstrates the impact 5G can have when paired with virtualization and automation technology to help businesses maximize resources.”