ATIS’ Next G Alliance (NGA) today announced publication of Network-Enabled Robotic and Autonomous Systems, a white paper exploring how the integration of advanced communications technology in these systems will transform industries including logistics, transportation, manufacturing, education, healthcare and more.
The paper provides an overview of the 5G mobile technology poised to have the greatest impact on robotic and autonomous systems. Combining this with future 6G technologies and applications will create great potential. Pivotal factors to the integration include how efficiently and reliably a 6G system can support the interfaces and other means necessary to incorporate multi-modal sensor data into advanced communication technology.
The new NGA paper examines service scenarios of individual robots or a group of robots that have autonomous decision-making capabilities. These include delivery robots; autonomous driving; cobots, or collaborative robots in smart factory settings; SOBOTs, or personal assistance service robots; and other areas of robotics.
“The future success of robotics and autonomous systems largely depends on development of advanced communication systems to support these technologies,” said Next G Alliance Managing Director Mike Nawrocki. “With this paper, the Next G Alliance takes a forefront look at how — from everyday living to transportation to industrial manufacturing — intelligent compute and communication between systems and humans will be crucial to ensuring safety, efficiency, accuracy, privacy and resilience in the robotic world to support human needs.”
“Along with NGA’s 6G audacious goals, this white paper assessed the evolution of intelligent cyber-physical control and applications in key verticals and highlighted implications for 6G systems and services, such as requirements and socioeconomic impact,” said Ki-Dong Lee (LG Electronics), NGA Applications Working Group Chair. ”Thanks to the NGA Applications Working Group members who contributed to this effort. We are excited to see the path towards 6G technology enablers.”