Optus and The Robot People, in partnership with Ericsson, SICK Sensor Intelligence and Universal Robots have showcased a cutting edge Australian first, demonstrating Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) on a 5G Max network. This has been enabled by ultra-fast, low latency 5G Standalone network and mmWave technology.
As a person approaches the robotic arm, the sensor communicating with the URLLC network instructs the robot to immediately stop preventing the person from harm.
The robotic arm is receiving instructions with a network latency of less than 1 millisecond - even faster than a human brain can signal to a foot! The demonstration also achieved a reliability level of more than 99.999%
There is an enormous demand for wireless factory automation solutions from our customers here in Australia to enable rapid application deployment of mobile, flexible and adaptable robotic automation solutions.
URLLC will be a game-changer in supporting mission critical use cases with stringent requirements for low latency and high reliability, where there is simply no margin for error. It opens the door to safe human robot interaction, previously only possible over a wired network and is set to expand the horizons of tomorrow’s businesses.