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Impact of 5g in the Robotics Industry

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

The impact of 5G on robotics in India is expected to be significant, as it opens up new opportunities for businesses to optimize their operations, reduce costs, and increase overall productivity. The advanced capabilities of 5G in terms of speed, bandwidth, and low latency, are expected to revolutionize the way robots interact with their environment, enabling a range of new and innovative use cases. The new 5G technology will considerably improve a large number of services and accelerates the digital transformation of an industry. One of the most significant impacts of 5G networks for robotics is the ability to operate with greater accuracy and efficiency. With the increased bandwidth and lower latency of 5G, robots can process and transmit data in real-time, allowing them to make decisions and take actions more quickly and accurately. This can lead to increased productivity and reduced costs, as robots can perform tasks faster and with greater precision, while also reducing the risk of errors and accidents. The increasing size of AMR fleets and the expanding use of Industry 4.0 and industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies on the floor are driving the need to adopt industrial-grade 5G private wireless communications. For efficient processes and operations, it is crucial that AMRs get the right job assignment at the right time, can perform the task when it is expected, and coordinate well with other AMRs and site conditions. High-speed and reliable connectivity are required to perform these and other tasks.

Another impact of 5G for robotics in India is the ability to develop new applications and use cases that were previously not possible. 5G networks can enable remote control and real-time monitoring of robots, which can be particularly useful in hazardous or hard-to-reach environments. This can lead to increased safety for workers and reduced costs for businesses, as they can operate robots from a distance without having to send human operators on-site.

It can help the industry in the development of more advanced and sophisticated robotics applications, such as the use of AI, ML, and computer vision. These technologies can be used to create robots that can learn and adapt to their environment, making them more versatile and effective in a wide range of scenarios. For example, in the manufacturing industry, robots can use AI and ML to optimize production processes and reduce waste, while in the healthcare industry, robots can use computer vision to assist with surgeries and other medical procedures.

Another area where 5G can have a significant impact on robotics in India is in the field of autonomous vehicles. With 5G networks, autonomous vehicles can communicate with each other and with other devices in real-time, allowing for more efficient and safer transportation. This can lead to reduced traffic congestion and accidents, as well as increased mobility for people and goods. Connectivity between cars and the traffic infrastructure enables cars to be one step ahead by building awareness like there is a slow-moving traffic and will slow down its speed automatically with information processed through inbuilt Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). By the time it reaches the traffic signal, the signal would have turn to green from red signal thus reducing its waiting time on the signal. ‘Traffic Light Information’ is a novel Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) service. In some countries, cars are more likely to chase the ‘green-wave' in the city. With this, they are able to see few metres ahead of what speed is required to reach the next green light making the driving more efficient. This all depends on connectivity. Having good connectivity at the speed of light provided by 5G network enables quick data processing and decision-making ahead of the time.

However, there are also some challenges associated with the deployment of 5G networks and robotics in India. One of the main challenges is the lack of infrastructure and skilled workforce required to support these technologies. In order to fully realize the potential of 5G and robotics, India will need to invest in the development of infrastructure, such as high-speed internet and data centers, as well as in the training of a skilled workforce capable of designing, building, and maintaining these systems. AMRs generally demand better than 100 ms of latency between the AMR and the fleet manager. While some existing technologies can do this, none can do so with all the other benefits provided by 5G. AMRs communicate with supervisory systems to send (upload) and receive (download) data and information like:

  • Download configuration/map changes

  • Upload activity data

  • Upload image/camera information

  • Upload/download navigation/coordination information

Some of these activities are constant low-latency/low-bandwidth, while others are intermittent high-bandwidth where latency is less critical. With current technologies, users must be aware of these needs and balance activity to avoid streaming too much data or performing too many changes at once, so there will be no momentary overloads. High latency can lead to trajectory information being shared too late for the AMR to make an appropriate steering decision, causing less than intelligent behavior.

Despite these challenges, the potential benefits of 5G and robotics in India are significant, and many companies are already investing in these technologies. As the deployment of 5G networks continues to expand, we can expect to see more advanced and innovative robotics applications, leading to increased productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness for businesses in India and around the world. The combination of 5G and robotics has the potential to transform industries such as manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, and transportation, leading to increased innovation, growth, and job opportunities.

In conclusion, the impact of 5G on robotics in India is expected to be significant in the coming years, as more businesses adopt these technologies to optimize their operations and stay competitive in the global marketplace. While there are some challenges associated with the deployment of 5G networks and robotics, the potential benefits are significant and will likely drive continued investment and innovation in these areas. AMRs are helping companies everywhere work more efficiently and safely. As digital transformation and IoT initiatives progress, it is natural for users to incorporate advanced data gathering, visualization, and fleet management tasks into their AMRs. In many cases, however, the existing WiFi infrastructure constrains this growth. For industrial operations, 5G private wireless networks deliver the high bandwidth, reliable low-latency connectivity, and massive IoT capabilities to meet the needs of current and future AMR deployments. 5G is becoming mainstream for commercial use, and there are many options for integrating it into industrial environments

Rosa Tech is hopeful that automation and robotic systems will increase the productivity of India’s manufacturing sector, giving it a competitive edge and helping it to withstand foreign competition in the future. We have seen growth opportunities in the industrial sector to deploy technology as a driver of digital transformation through 5G industrial solutions. We believe that the collaboration will foster the ecosystem of the Robotics industry to have the potential to cope with opportunities and competition which will arise in the future

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