Smart Robots and YAPE test the Vodafone 5G

Smart Robots and YAPE test the Vodafone 5G

Smart Robots and YAPE test the Vodafone 5G

Smart Robots and YAPE test the Vodafone 5G

Smart Robots and YAPE test the Vodafone 5G

5G technology and its practical applications. At the Vodafone “5G Experience Day” event for partners, startups and companies involved in 5G trials in the city of Milan, Vodafone presented 12 of these projects implemented on the 5G network in the fields of health and wellbeing, security and surveillance, manufacturing and Industry 4.0, as well as education and entertainment.

‘Our goal is to transform the city of Milan into the 5G capital of Europe,’ said Sabrina Baggioni, 5G Programme Director of Vodafone Italia. ‘For us 5G trials in the metropolitan area, which we started less than a year ago, represent a real “lab” of open innovation: every day we work with our partners to implement 41 use cases and new-generation services and applications by 2019. To speed up the implementation of these projects, we have already installed more than fifty 5G antennas throughout the metropolitan area of Milan in strategic locations.’

The 41 trials for the new network started by Vodafone include three in collaboration with e-Novia. Last-mile deliveries using Yape (Your autonomous pony express) see Vodafone collaborating with the Politecnico di Milano, e-Novia, Poste Italiane and Esselunga.

Yape, the ultralight semi-autonomous electric vehicle from e-Novia, offers a last-mile logistics solution that allows deliveries to be made in cities. Thanks to 5G, Yape is able to get around the narrow and irregular areas of cities by reacting to obstacles along the route in real time, thus becoming increasingly autonomous and significantly reducing the effects of pollution and traffic. ‘5G offers three main advantages,’ explains Filippo Galanti, Business and Innovation Development Manager at e-Novia. ‘First of all, it enables all services for smart cities, with a greater bandwidth that allows higher resolutions for CCTVs and much faster remote navigation, almost in real time.’ Yape is involved in two experimental projects, one with Esselunga and one with Poste Italiane.

Vodafone also presented an innovative collaborative robotics solution created with ABB, e-Novia and the Politecnico di Milano. In this case, thanks to 5G and Smart Robots, industrial robots do not replace people but safely collaborate with us. A robot is able to work alongside an operator, assembling valves with a truly collaborative approach, supported by 5G connectivity and by edge computing on the Vodafone network.

The 5G network allows a robot to communicate wirelessly with a device that is able to recognise the operator’s movements, transforming them into commands for the robot. The commands are generated by artificial intelligence software created by the Merlin (MEchantronics and Robotics Laboratory for INnovation) Lab of the Politecnico di Milano. The synergy between 5G, the Smart Robots device and ABB’s collaborative robot supported by artificial intelligence offers advantages for operators in terms of ergonomics and user friendliness during the assembly phases, thus allowing the process to be optimised with regard to the time and quality of the production cycle.