Samsung has built the first private 5G commercial network for cloud-based autonomous robots. The South Korean giant partnered with NAVER Cloud on Thursday to develop South Korea’s first private 5G network. Deployed at NAVER’s new second headquarters, Samsung’s network solutions will support NAVER’s private 5G commercial services this month, powering cloud-based autonomous mobile robots. The new service will allow autonomous robots to travel throughout NAVER’s Seoul headquarters to assist with package deliveries, coffee deliveries and lunchbox deliveries to employees.
Faster connections on smartphones are mostly used for streaming video and browsing social media, but Samsung has come up with a new use case. The headquarters, known simply as 1784, will initially employ 40 robots that will move across three floors. By the end of the year, the idea is to have “hundreds of robots moving across the entire 36-story skyscraper.”
All robots are connected to a cloud server that operates as a shared brain, offloading much of the required computation from the individual robots. According to Samsung’s press release, the 5G network will be the neural network that connects robots to the cloud, enabling “support for tens of thousands of robots in real time.”
The network uses Samsung Compact Core and 5G radios that support the 4.7GHz and 28GHz spectrums designated by the South Korean government for private networks. The improved uplink allocation capability of private 5G radios is three times that of other commercial 5G radios.
Yong Chang, vice president of global sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics’ network business, said the business will continue to work with public agencies to implement the service in various use cases such as transportation systems, hospitals and schools.