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Verizon Showcases 5G-United Robots At Barcelona Conference

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Telecom giant Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) showcased two robots on the stage of the Mobile World conference, stating that robots use 5G connectivity and mobile edge computing to communicate with each other, as per reports. Edge computing uses machine learning and augmented reality to analyze bulk data where it was gathered, it could be the factory floor, oil rig, or office space, and requires fast data transfers that only high-speed 5G signals can offer.

“When you have more than one robot on the floor, you run into a problem, as these are still just machines, and they can’t naturally communicate with one another,” stated Verizon’s Chief Strategy Officer Rima Qureshi at the event in Barcelona.

Smarter-connected robots are considered crucial to making areas such as factory floors efficient with automation, allowing remote monitoring, cutting costs, and the need for plant infrastructure. As part of the demo, Qureshi showcased one dog-like robot called Gigi – after 5G that walked stiffly on four legs, and a second boxy bot named Mekeal, that rolled in on traction wheels. Global 5G in the cloud is expected to reach $10.6 billion by 2028, growing at 79.2% annually, as per Research and Markets reports.

The company is also working on connected drones that can be deployed at locations suffering from natural disasters and controlled by a single operator from hundreds of miles away equipped with live video and thermal imagery.

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(Read Original Story: CORRECTED-Verizon shows off 5G-connected robots at Barcelona conference in Reuters)


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