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Meet the 5G robot on the frontline of China’s fight against Covid-19

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In recent weeks China has managed to ‘flatten the curve’ of its coronavirus outbreaks, reporting only a handful of new cases each day, and 5G technology is playing an integral part in the country’s battle against Covid-19.

One use of 5G tech which has drawn particular attention is patrol robots, which are being used in busy areas such as airports to monitor citizens, and ensure that people are wearing face masks in public spaces.

The robot's cameras and sensors give the impression of a face, making them less intimidating.

The robot's cameras and sensors give the impression of a face, making them less intimidating. (Image credit: n/a)

The robots were developed by Guangzhou Gosuncn Robot Company, with additional support from IoT hardware and software specialist Advantech. And the robots have already been deployed in airports and shopping malls in cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guiyang.

Remote operation can save lives

Where a manual temperature check must be conducted by a human operative, putting them and their immediate family and friends at risk, these robots operate remotely, and are equipped with infrared thermometers which are capable of scanning the temperature of 10 people simultaneously, within a radius of 5 meters.

The 5G robots are able to monitor body temperature from up to five meters away.

The 5G robots are able to monitor body temperature from up to five meters away. (Image credit: n/a)

If a robot detects someone with a high temperature, the robot will alert a detection team, and a real-time response can be initiated. And although the robots are autonomous self-driving machines, they can also be controlled remotely if required.

Once a robot detects a high temperature, it can alert authorities within the airport.

Once a robot detects a high temperature, it can alert authorities within the airport. (Image credit: n/a)

The robots are powered by an IoT edge computer from Advantech (the MIC-770), and are also equipped with an Intel Core i processor and GPU iModule (MIC-75G20) aimed at IoT applications. And the robots also come with a ruggedized chassis and cast aluminium heatsink, to protect it against vibration and shock.



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Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.