Ericsson and China Mobile demonstrated an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) prototype on an end-to-end, stand-alone 5G network at Mobile World Congress 2019 Shanghai.
With the growing adoption of industry digitalization and improvements in industrial automation and intelligence, AGV is becoming increasingly prevalent in manufacturing, ports, and other industries. 5G networks’ powerful mobility management, seamless coverage and quality of service assurance enable them to provide the reliable communication needed for of various AGV applications, such as AGV tractors, AGV pallet movers or AGV forklifts.
The AGV prototype that China Mobile and Ericsson demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2019 shows how AGV helps to automate product testing using a 5G network. This validates that a stand-alone 5G architecture can adequately be used for industry digitalization.
5G network slicing can help to create dedicated industrial networks based on the requirements of industrial scenarios to ensure the security and reliability of production data. Deployment the AGV application systems on edge clouds and use the forwarding plane for edge computing will divert traffic locally; meet the requirement for low latency; and ensure the effective management of industrial applications by factory.