AIS and SCG move forklifts in 5G use-case first

AIS and SCG move forklifts in 5G use-case first

This forklift in Saraburi is remote-controlled from Bangkok using 5G on the 2600MHz range.
This forklift in Saraburi is remote-controlled from Bangkok using 5G on the 2600MHz range.

Leading mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and SCG jointly launched the country's first 5G use case for industry on Friday, offering trial remote-controlled forklifts via 5G tech on the 2600-megahertz spectrum range.

The trial used two forklifts for SCG's routine operations in Saraburi, controlled from headquarters in Bangkok's Bang Sue district.

The number of connected forklifts for remote operation is expected to increase soon. Other 5G use cases are also projected to rise.

Through the cooperation, SCG was able to operate the forklift, manoeuvring pallets from point A to point B accurately in real time.

The development serves as a model for other industries to follow.

The latest move came after AIS proceeded with the 5G testbed in four regions of the country in collaboration with universities, partners and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

The trial of remote-controlled forklifts is also in partnership with Prince of Songkla University.

AIS and SCG signed a deal for joint R&D for the application of 5G technology to other projects. They also commit to jointly develop workers' skills in line with digital development.

Wasit Wattanasap, head of nationwide operations and support at AIS, said the collaboration marks a significant milestone in Thailand's 5G testing.

With the NBTC's consent, the 2600MHz spectrum was used to demonstrate the remote control of forklifts in Saraburi from SCG's headquarters in Bangkok, which is 110 kilometres away.

"The result was a success, reiterating that 5G technology will play an important role in Thailand's business in the future," Mr Wasit said.

5G infrastructure development, he said, involves the government, companies and academics.

"Everyone has a part to play to promote and support 5G innovation, which also makes it possible for Thailand to compete in the global market," Mr Wasit said.

Attapong Sathitmanothum, director of mechanisation, automation and robotics and Industry 4.0 at SCG, said 5G tech will help strengthen SCG's operations.

"A number of plants located in different locations can send data to the control centre, where information is assessed in real time," he said.


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