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M1 and SUTD unveil joint research to advance 5G robotics technology and innovation

24 Jul 2019

M1 Limited (M1) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to embark on a joint research partnership around remote operation of tactile robots using 5G technology, further supporting Singapore’s Smart Nation transformation journey. The MOU was signed at SUTD’s annual Fostering Industrial Research Success Together (FIRST) Industry Workshop, where stakeholders from industry, academia and the Government convened to foster collaborative research success and deepen industry-academia ties.

Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 (left) and Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, SUTD Associate Provost for Research and International Relations (right) signed the MOU.

This partnership between M1 and SUTD will see a deep dive into the development of 5G technologies for advanced robotics systems. Through their collective expertise, M1 and SUTD will accelerate innovation in the development of 5G robotics.

M1 will provide and deploy the supporting 5G network, building M1’s technical competency in 5G system deployment and explore potential use cases of 5G. An indoor network testbed of 5G small cells will be set up in SUTD for researchers and students to test out and gain a deeper understanding of the potential of 5G technologies. Key areas of focus and application will include tactile security, delivery and mascot robots, real-time remote sensing, real-time remote operation of robots and e-scooters, as well as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content delivery with 360o video streaming. The aim of testbed is to translate innovative research into practical solutions for government and enterprises, as well as to cultivate a talent pipeline to drive Singapore’s Smart Nation goals.

“We are pleased to collaborate with M1 to be the first to testbed an indoor 5G system in Singapore. Such an industry-academia collaboration is mutually beneficial as SUTD’s students, faculty and researchers will not only have access to the latest 5G technology, and enhance their relevant knowledge and skills, but also lead to new innovations and solutions in SUTD’s 5G-enhanced autonomous mobility and robotics platforms,” said Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, SUTD Associate Provost for Research and International Relations.

“5G technology is capable of supporting ultra-reliable low latency communication that is well suited for secured remote command and control of robots. The collaboration with SUTD offers us an exciting opportunity to build on our in-house 5G technical competencies and attract students to participate in experimental 5G projects, nurturing them to become future leaders who can drive technology change and apply innovative technology that could make a difference to the lives of Singaporeans as we transform to a digital economy,” said Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1.

Last month, M1 won a 5G Trial Tech Call from Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and PSA Corporation Ltd (PSA) to study 5G performance and capabilities for port applications, including tele-remote control of port equipment and enhancing Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) operations.

Commending the 5G collaboration between M1 and SUTD, Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of IMDA said, “As we gear up for 5G, we are encouraged to see companies stepping forward and forming partnerships to explore the use of 5G technology to drive transformation in their business models and operations. We welcome more companies to come aboard this exciting journey to develop a vibrant 5G ecosystem.” 

About M1

M1, a subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over two million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere.

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About Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is Singapore’s fourth public university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a transdisciplinary, human-centric curriculum. SUTD seeks to advance knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs. SUTD also recently topped a list of emerging engineering schools in the world in a study conducted by MIT.

A research-intensive university, SUTD is distinguished by its unique East and West academic programmes which incorporate elements of innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and local and international industry collaborations. SUTD’s key focus areas are Healthcare, Cities and Aviation, supported by capabilities in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science and Digital Manufacturing. Multiple post-graduate opportunities are available. In addition, skill-based professional education and training courses are also available at SUTD Academy.