Low latency 5G communications are being used as part of a collaborative robot demonstration in an Industry 4.0 environment at GITEX.
Nokia and du are demonstrating how 5G will transform people’s lives with a showcase of 5G robot control and live streaming at GITEX Technology Week 2017 taking place this week in Dubai. The live streaming uses the Nokia OZO+ virtual reality camera and OZO Live, a real-time 3D 360 stitching software that delivers live virtual reality broadcasting.
The robot demonstrates how the ultra-low latency and high-reliability of 5G technology will usher in automation in industrial processes, promising substantial improvements in efficient production. With extreme reliability, ultra-low latency, and high speeds, 5G will be a key enabler of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by opening up new possibilities for applications, such as automated responsive robots in industrial production. Nokia and du’s demonstration of a dual-arm collaborative robot (also known as ‘cobot’) – which is connected via 5G to an automated parts and material handling platform – shows visitors to GITEX how 5G’s near-zero latency can visibly transform industrial operations with fully flexible, automated production.
Nokia and du also showcase at GITEX the capabilities of OZO+, the first professional virtual reality camera from Nokia Technologies. Visitors will be able to experience the 3D 360-degree live streaming experience, both at GITEX and on video-sharing websites with a virtual reality headset. Use of Nokia’s OZO+ virtual reality camera, along with OZO Live, present a unique experience of live streaming using eight cameras and microphones that come together to reproduce 360-degree video and spatial audio.
Saleem AlBlooshi, Executive Vice President – Infrastructure & Technology, du, said: “The speed with which our networks are evolving is astounding, and it will only grow with the growing demand. In the UAE, for example, we are in the process of building a smart city – a networked society of individuals, corporations, government services and things – and 5G use cases that will drive the future. If there is one thing that is certain about 5G today, is that there will be no 5G big bang. 5G comprises many components that will be evolved on our 5G journey. In our pursuit of this 5G journey, du is actively looking at the potential 5G use cases from now. Our demonstration of the dual-arm collaborative robot at GITEX is one of these futuristic use cases that show how 5G’s near-zero latency can potentially transform industrial operations with fully flexible, automated production.”
Rima Manna, head of du customer team at Nokia, said: “In recent months Nokia has been presenting its concept of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, and we are now delighted to work with du at GITEX to showcase these innovations in this region, and drive further thought leadership on what these technologies can do. We look forward to exploring more 5G use cases with du.”