European telecom Orange has opened its first 5G lab in Antwerp, Belgium, to test and develop new use cases for 5G standalone network technology.
Orange said the lab will help uncover new use cases for Industry 4.0 and beyond, working with startups to be recruited into the Orange Fab acceleration program and to join the Orange 5G Lab for development.
The Orange 5G Lab will offer to customers, prospects, startups and others:
- A program for discovering 5G and various uses where experts provide knowledge through explanation, demonstration and animation.
- A program to develop and test new use cases or new products and services using 5G SA network technology.
The 5G lab will be connected to the Orange 5G Core system with development of new use cases to be deployed and scaled easily to customers’ premises. Additionally, the lab hosts various types of 5G devices such as routers, smartphones, tablets, smart glasses and cameras.
Orange presented two of the first use cases to be developed in the 5G lab, specifically:
- Robotic arm – A demonstration of potential future human-robot co-working using 5G SA network with low latency. The robot is controlled remotely via smart glasses connected to the Orange 5G network and uses augmented reality to visualize interactions with the robot.
- Autonomous trains – Working with startup OTIV, Orange is working to develop a train equipped with cameras and sensors as well as an artificial intelligence engine that provides assistance to the driver by autonomously detecting obstacles in front of the train and by alerting or stopping the train. 5G would provide the bandwidth and latency necessary to connect both the front cameras and the driver’s console to operate safely.
“Our growing network of Orange 5G Labs unlocks innovation from Paris to Bucharest and fosters collaboration across the ecosystem,” said Karine Dussert-Sarthe, EVP of innovation marketing and design at Orange. “140 businesses have explored 5G in details with us. More than 40 have benefited from complimentary customized support to prototype how 5G can support their own products or services to unlock value.”