If you take a look out of the window when you arrive or leave Hans Christian Andersen airport near Odense recently, you may see a four legged robot named spot “freely” patrolling the surrounding fence to check whether the fence is damaged. This is not science fiction. This robot is real and connected to the 5g built by TDC net using Ericsson technology. This 5g use case test is a project carried out in cooperation with the Danish Institute of technology.
Robot spot patrols the fence around Hans Christian Andersen airport.
The experiment is one of several 5g use case scenarios jointly developed by Ericsson / TDC net 5g innovation center in Denmark. The partner has successfully tested and deployed the indoor 5g industrial network with Grundfos, a Danish water solution provider.
At the same time, they are also developing use cases for TDC 5g commercial network, which became the first Nordic network covering the whole country in December 2020.
Breakthrough in 5g robot technology
In the cooperation with the Danish Institute of technology, the partner focused on how to fully release the potential of spot on the national 5g commercial network of TDC net. Spot is a quadruped mobile robot developed by Boston Dynamics. However, spot only performed tasks for the institute through Wi Fi network before, so the connection distance is limited, so the distance between the operator of spot and the robot can not exceed 30 meters.
After connecting spot to the 5g commercial network of TDC, the partners really unlock various new use cases of the robot. 5g high speed, high bandwidth and very low delay help the robot send massive data to the whole network safely, and the network can also send the data back to the robot in real time.
Spot can travel on rugged terrain, climb stairs and enter narrow space, so in theory, the robot can be used in any place with 5g network. Robots such as spot, equipped with 360 sensors, front and rear cameras and space for carrying packages and supplies, can assist in emergency response, rescue work or industrial inspection tasks on the spot.
This is exactly what the partners want. In collaboration with Hans Christian Andersen airport and Lorenz technology, they took the perimeter fence security inspection as their first test case.
In order to comply with the security and safety instructions, airports, ports and many construction sites need to conduct a number of perimeter fence inspections every day. At present, the general method is to let employees patrol around to check for signs of damage.
This 5g experiment uses the deep learning method, so that spot can check the surrounding fence for signs of damage in real time. Spot can start to patrol the fence after connecting to the 5g network built by TDC net using Ericsson technology.
The development of the fence inspection robot technology is supported by the education and research institutions under the Danish Ministry of education and research.
Tap the potential of 5g
The experiment ended at the end of February, which confirmed that spot can be widely deployed in the use case without Wi Fi through mobile network. The success of the experiment proves that spot can be used for independent innovative use cases such as monitoring, image recognition and video analysis.
Thomas H ü iberg giselsson, a senior expert at the Danish Institute of technology, said: “in order to conduct real-time analysis, it is necessary to be able to process the data directly on the spot, or be able to effectively transfer the data to the appropriate equipment. Our tests show that real-time analysis can be achieved by connecting spot to 5g. “
“The spot collaboration with the Danish Institute of technology effectively and specifically demonstrates the possibilities of our national 5g network,” said Mike binzer, vice president of TDC net. UAV, mobile robot and other familiar technologies can complete new and more demanding tasks after connecting to faster network, so as to create greater value. We are still in the early stage of development, but we are jointly promoting cooperation with Ericsson through our joint innovation center to continuously tap the potential of 5g. “
Niclas Backlund, head of Ericsson Denmark, said: “there are more and more industries and enterprises in the world that have obtained huge indoor production and operation benefits through 5g. This exciting project, jointly launched by TDC, Danish Institute of technology, Hans Christian Andersen airport and Lorenz technology, highlights the power of the national 5g business network to transform business and society. “