Ericsson and Vodafone have successfully demonstrated a 5G Proof of Concept focusing on Machine Vision (MV) application at the Innovation Days at Ericsson’s R&D Center in Aachen. The companies developed a 5G Smart Network Edge prototype and showcased the benefits of network slicing and distributed cloud technology for MV.
“Within only 3 months we created a 5G Smart Network Edge prototype by connecting our labs,” Sonja Graf, Head of Vodafone Innovation Park at Vodafone Germany. “The Face Recognition use case is just one example demonstrating how 5G will meet the diverse needs of a wide range of industries.”
Due to reduced network latencies, the recognition rate of a cloud-based face detection application was increased. The demonstration also confirmed that the data could be stored locally, decreasing the risk of security breaches, loss or unauthorized access.
“We are delighted that the Ericsson and Vodafone labs have come together to innovate and this first use case shows an excellent example of how 5G can enable industries to become more efficient as well as more secure and cost effective,” said Valter D’Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe.
Machine vision uses high-speed cameras connected to cloud analytics platforms to measure and recognize manufactured objects; the software uses photos for quality assurance purposes, recognizing deviations in the dimensions and physicality of manufactured objects. Germany promotes the concept of smart manufacturing through a program Industrie 4.0.