M1 leverages 5G to enrich lifestyle and waterfront operations
M1 and its sister company Keppel Land have introduced 5G services which they believe aim to improve maritime operations and enrich the way of life on the waterfront. These include automated vessel analysis and recognition technologies to facilitate real-time monitoring.
Intended for deployment at Keppel Bay Marina, the new range of services would be delivered over M1’s standalone 5G network, the companies said in a joint statement Wednesday. M1 and Keppel Land are part of the Keppel group.
Ship owners in the bay could harness 5G to “improve” their waterfront lifestyle and yacht experience, as well as improve work processes for mooring operations, said M1 and Keppel. . The new services will enable high speed and further automate and streamline processes, increasing the productivity and efficiency of shipping operators, they said.
5G-powered surveillance devices equipped with automated vessel analysis and recognition technologies, for example, could facilitate real-time surveillance. This would ensure the safety and security of registered vessels and trigger alerts when unauthorized vessels enter the marina.
Surveillance robots could also be deployed on the docks to support on-site surveillance and remote assistance. These robots would be integrated with incident management applications so that data can be automatically captured, enabling communication between affected personnel during incidents and providing 3D visualization to aid in risk management and planning.
The robots could also be used to monitor and maintain the surroundings of the marina, automatically removing any identified waste in the waters. They could then reduce the resources needed to maintain water conditions.
Additionally, maintenance personnel could put on headsets powered by 5G to perform hands-free checks. The high-speed connection would also allow them to participate in video conferences, share real-time videos at any location and receive removal assistance.
M1 CEO Manjot Singh Mann said the mobile operator hopes to boost the uptake of 5G-enabled services in various industry sectors. Noting that this was in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 strategy to accelerate smart cities, Mann said: “[The launch] announces the start of our journey towards more viable, commerce-ready 5G solutions that will advance our digital economy. “