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17 Jun 2021

South Korea’s KT Corp has tested an autonomous/remote-controlled cruise ship connected to its 5G network, reports the Korea Herald. The ship navigated the narrow 10km Pohang Canal without a captain on board, controlled from a location roughly 300km away, and using autonomous systems from Avikus Corp, a division of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. The low-latency 5G network supports real-time sensor data including 360-degree video alongside radar/lidar data.

Denmark’s TDC has collaborated with Ericsson, Aabenraa municipality and Padborg Transport & Logistics Centre on a 5G agriculture project under the umbrella of the EU ‘Internet of Food and Farm 2020’ programme. 5G-connected tractors were tested, while TDC highlights wider aspects of smart farming to be supported by its 5G network, including: spraying crops via autonomous drones; intelligent agricultural machines; monitoring of animal populations; and tracking of insect swarms.

Greece’s Wind Hellas has announced the integration of NB-IoT technology into its commercial network, enabling it to offer personalised solutions to all organisations and companies that want to implement their digital transformation directly by supporting the application ecosystem and services created for smart cities. General manager of Wind, Nikos Panopoulos, said: ‘Businesses and government agencies can now use the capabilities of Wind’s new NB-IoT network and develop solutions that seemed unlikely in the past. Applications such as smart parking, smart lighting, better management of transport structures, enhancing public safety, improving the management of utilities, through smart energy or water metering are just some of these applications. We are investing heavily in the expansion of the NB-IoT wireless network throughout the country.’

Vodafone has partnered Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) services delivered with AWS Wavelength technology for Vodafone business customers in the UK. The launch follows trials with companies in a range of areas including sports technology, autonomous transport, biometric security, remote virtual reality and factory automation. Vodafone highlights several promising growth areas for the technology including: Healthcare (‘the introduction of MEC capabilities in the healthcare industry is a step towards more proactive and autonomous care by analysing data at the point of collection in an environment where seconds count’); Smart manufacturing/Industry 4.0 (‘low latency capabilities help to enable immediate responses and real-time insights. The ability for equipment to make decisions based on real-time information without human intervention or delay could be a significant advantage for an organisation’); and Transportation/logistics (‘optimisation of traffic routes, for more effective city traffic management or logistics companies, could significantly impact quality of life in city centres and the environment. A more intuitive and digitised transport system also sets the scene for the management of autonomous vehicles in the future’).

Turk Telekom and Nokia have claimed the deployment of Turkey’s first private wireless network, for consumer/electronic goods manufacturing group Arcelik Global. The industrial-grade 5G-ready private wireless network will be deployed at Arcelik’s Cayirova-based washing machine manufacturing facility, providing a platform for the group to accelerate its digital transformation and implementation of Industry 4.0 use cases. Low-latency network coverage throughout the facility will boost automated guided vehicle (AGV) performance. With AGVs used throughout the manufacturing process for component logistics, improved connectivity will enhance AGV speed, control and operational efficiency. The network will support high-accuracy indoor positioning for real-time asset location tracking as well as enabling new video analytics-based applications for site safety and security. Further potential use cases include augmented and virtual reality, digital twins, inventory control, safety and facility management, quality control, high-resolution video for remote inspection, and facility-wide voice and video communication.

Telefonica Tech Ventures, Telefonica’s investment vehicle for cybersecurity, cloud and IoT/Big Data startups, has participated in a seed investment round in Monogoto, an Israeli company specialising in the management of secure private LTE/5G networks. Founded in 2018, Monogoto has developed an IoT connectivity cloud platform under the IaaS model that works in more than 550 mobile cellular networks in 180 countries enabling the management and control of a global network of devices. Gonzalo Martin-Villa, CEO of Telefonica Tech AI of Things, declared: ‘The technology proposal developed by Monogoto will be key to deepening our value proposition in the deployment of private LTE/5G networks worldwide. It will make it possible to introduce solutions that are more tailored to global market needs, that take advantage of the capabilities provided by 5G and edge computing for digital transformation.’

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