Automation

Remove people from a process that could be done more safely or efficiently by machines.

Solutions available

Process automation:

  • Computer vision

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    Through video analytics and AI, you can monitor people, transport and things to alert changes in behaviour. For example, you could monitor busy junctions 24/7 and optimise traffic flow and reduce congestion automatically. One way of doing this would be by enabling traffic to be re-routed in the case of an accident, whilst emergency services could be automatically notified.

  • IoT asset monitoring and tracking

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    Use sensors to monitor the environment which then alter traffic flow to limit the environmental impact. For example, you could monitor pollution levels with automatic alerts to the intelligent traffic management system, to re-route traffic when thresholds have been reached, in order to rapidly reduce pollution.

Robotic automation:

  • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)

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    A portable robot which uses sensors and video analytics for navigation. These are often used to transport heavy goods around a factory or warehouse.

  • Drone based inspection and maintenance

    Use drones and remote-controlled (RC) robotics to complete tasks efficiently, securely, and sometimes in remote and/or hazardous environments. For example, you can send a drone to work at heights or check on hazards in a chemical plant.

Technology

These solutions can use the following technologies:

5G eMBBEnhanced mobile broadband

5G enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) could be used. This can speed up the collection and processing of high volumes of data to aid decision making or video rendering in UHD/8K/4K for entertainment or security (video capture) use cases. It also enables businesses to have the speed required to set things up quickly and change them as required. This is currently available on our 5G network today.

5G would enhance this in the future with new capabilities such as

5G uRLLCUltra reliable low latency comms

Ultra reliable low latency comms (uRLLC) is a future 5G capability that would enable near real-time response rates for critical responses, such as a machine shutting down when spotting a hazard. It will also offer a smoother, synced up to real-time user experience for VR, AR and other entertainment use cases. This 5G capability is expected to be live on our network in 2023.

5G mMTCMassive machine type communications

Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) is a future 5G capability that could be used to collect and process data from multiple points on a massive scale, with thousands of devices and sensors able to connect to a single cell, allowing larger scale operations. This 5G capability is expected be live on our network in 2023.

Get in touch

Talk to us about how these solutions could benefit your business in the future, by contacting your account manager or calling us on 0800 955 5590