5G plays a pivotal role enabling Scotland’s private and public businesses to improve efficiency and competitiveness. The guides and use cases showcased here demonstrate how 5G provides tangible business benefits to a number of key sectors in Scotland. Find out more.
5G is accelerating the digital health revolution by enabling organisations to transform the way they care for patients and deliver core services. The use cases below introduce how augmented and virtual reality appointments can enable more efficient and reliable medical treatment and social care. Find out more:
5G Enabled Remote Specialist
The University of Glasgow have created a bi-directional teleoperation of a robotic arm allowing patients to receive specialist healthcare remotely. This emerging technology can be applied to dentistry where a remote specialist can conduct an inspection of a patients mouth in real-time with the assistance of a localised dentistry nurse.
5G Connected Medical Centre
NYU Langone Health partnered with Jacobs to implement a future-proofed 5G network to allow them to seamlessly integrate cutting edge medical technologies into their care services supporting patient monitoring, VR pain management, physiotherapy and medical training and increasing safety, efficiency and improving patient welfare.
5G Connected Ambulance
The West Midlands 5G Connected Ambulance provides an innovative new way to connect patients, ambulance staff and remote medical experts in real time. Paramedics can send 360° images and make secure video calls to doctors from the scene or in transit before arrival at the hospital to aid diagnosis and optimise treatment time.
5G Digital Automated Cloud Hospital
Nokia deployed its Digital Automation Cloud at Oulu University Hospital allowing staff to locate and track beds, wheelchairs and other equipment in real-time using asset tags. The Cloud also provides secure and reliable wireless connectivity creating the ideal infrastructure for robots to assist with certain tasks freeing up staff time.
Remote 5G Healthcare Training
5G enabled Extended Reality (XR) can provide medical staff with a real-time immersive training environment delivered by a remote trainer. Here is an example on how this emerging 5G technology from the University of Glasgow can be applied to the healthcare sector.
5G Real-time Remote Healthcare Training
Vodafone is helping Coventry University transform teaching and deliver immersive and interactive remote learning through 5G for the first time. Healthcare Students can take immersive, real-time AR and VR tours of the human body thanks to ultra-low latency on Vodafone 5G network. Network slicing on Vodafone 5G standalone network opens the door for other applications such as remote surgery and remote diagnostics.
5G technology will enable safer and more efficient travel, transform the way you manage deliveries and provide new insights into reducing negative environmental impacts. Find out more:
5G Enabled Roads
Jacobs used 5G technology to enable the UK’s first Connected ‘Road Sensor Network’. 5G sensors collect, process and share real-time traffic, emissions and weather data to improve safety for road users, enable predictive maintenance, reduce negative effects on the environment and save commuter’s time.
Smart Warehouse Logistics
AT&T and the US Department of Defence used 5G technology to create a smart warehouse where artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality were applied to maintenance, prototyping and operations applications. This technology improved efficiency, accuracy, timeliness, security and safety at the warehouse.
5G Connected Tunnel
Nokia have installed 5G-enabled sensors and cameras in the Cereixal Tunnel in Spain for assisted driving. This technology monitors vehicle count and traffic flow in real-time, detects the presence of smoke, obstacles on the road such as pedestrians and stopped vehicles, and warns users about congestion, slow vehicles and visibility.
5G-enabled Cranes in Ports
Ericsson demonstrate the capabilities of 5G to increase productivity and worker safety by introducing 5G into the Ports and Logistics industry. High-definition cameras and 3D sensors collect information, in real time, needed by the operator to control the crane’s movements from the safety of the control room.
5G Real-Time Monitoring of Autonomous Vehicles
Vodafone is transforming autonomous vehicle specialist Aurrigo’s three Auto-Shuttles, enabling the organisation to monitor vehicles in real time, via safe and secure communications using AWS Wavelength and Distributed Edge Computing. An important breakthrough in the driverless vehicle arena, this guarantees excellent levels of performance and cyber resilience as the data is not exposed to the public internet.
5G can build a more connected manufacturing future to create efficiencies and drive operational improvements. 5G enables smart factories with streamlined operations and supports remote monitoring and automation of repetitive tasks. Find out more:
5G Connected Manufacturing Plant
Ericsson demonstrate how 5G-enabled technology can transform manufacturing, introducing autonomous mobile robots, asset condition monitoring, Augmented and Virtual Reality and digital twins. This technology increases employee satisfaction, decreases downtime, improves safety and efficiency and reduces costs.
Automation in Manufacturing
AT&T and Whirlpool have used 5G technology to enable a fleet of Automated Guided Vehicles. The first phase of the 5G rollout covered 200,000 square feet in the factory resulting in significant cost savings, reduced damage, increased customer satisfaction due to quicker reaction times and flexibility.
The University of Glasgow combine teleoperations with sensing and imaging technology to showcase how scientists can work remotely, sharing high quality images and data in real-time while ensuring the conditions of the clean room, lab and storage areas are monitored and maintained.
Revolutionise Manufacturing Processes through 5G
Vodafone 5G is completely transforming production at Ford’s Electrified Powertrain in Manufacturing Engineering facility in Dunton, Essex. High-speed, low-latency 5G Mobile Private Network (MPN) enables ultra-secure data capture, real-time independent control, full data sovereignty, analysis and remote expert support. 5G provides real-time handling of the data generated by the electric battery welding process. It also brings greater flexibility to operations, as Ford can reconfigure production lines more easily.
5G can help turn the tide and continue the blue revolution for aquaculture and continue to support farmers maximise yields whilst supporting the environment. 5G-enabled agriculture and aquaculture gives real-time insights and real-time monitoring to increase productivity and reduce negative environmental impacts. Find out more:
5G Connected Ocean
JET Connectivity has built a unique floating 5G and live data system, specifically designed to combat the current challenges being faced offshore across a range of industries with a lack of affordable, reliable connectivity. Industries connect to the robust 5G network without the need for specialist equipment and are immediately able to use internet and voice capabilities.
5G Connected Dairy Farm
At its South West Dairy Development Centre in Somerset, Agri-EPI Centre along with their partners used 5G technology to measure, monitor and analyse grass feed and automate milk production through collecting data from cows in real-time. 5G allowed for multiple sensors to be connected to the cows, relaying data back in real-time to the cloud for processing.
5G Rural Wireless Broadcasting
Media production is highly competitive, and consumers are now looking for high quality, real-time, immersive experiences – especially when it comes to live sporting events. Mobile network coverage is limited in some rural areas, and this can present challenges for live broadcasting. 5G wireless technologies have the capacity and speed to deliver reliable wireless transmission of broadcast-quality videos, that can capture fast-paced activities within a diverse range of environments. Here is an example on how this emerging technology from the University of Strathclyde was applied to broadcasting.
Bringing the power of 5G and Energy together means better connectivity, more data insights, increased security and smarter grids. It’s estimated that 5G connectivity could help save over 250 million tonnes in CO2 emissions globally by 2030 through accelerating the move to wind and solar energy. Find out more:
5G Inspection of Nuclear Power Plants
Ericsson demonstrate how drones can be used to conduct site inspections of nuclear power plants. An extremely hazardous environment, workers get exposed to approximately 10% of the annual limit for radiation exposure after just 1-2 minutes of reactor inspection. However with 5G, drones can inspect the reactors, providing secure footage.
Energy Saving 5G Solutions
The race against climate change and the huge increase in energy prices presents huge challenges for organisations, a simple and effective 5G solution like the University of Glasgow’s Persuasive Energy Conscious Network, can help businesses in assessing their energy usage behaviours and work towards improving it.
Connecting Rural Communities
Rural Scotland accounts for 98% of the land mass of Scotland and 17% of the population are resident there. In Scotland, the population per square mile is lower than any other part of the UK. This causes significant issues for broadband delivery as telephone exchanges often serve large geographical areas. It is imperative that businesses, schools, public services and residents have good and reliable network coverage within their area in order to meet their needs and requirements. Emerging 5G technologies allows rural communities to implement their own wireless network. Here is an example on how this emerging technology from the University of Strathclyde was applied to rural communities.