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Putuo leading city into the 5G era

A NEW round of applications based on 5G technology has been launched on a trial basis in Putuo District to improve residents’ convenience, enjoyment and safety.

The 25 applications cover 11 fields such as shopping, traffic, garbage sorting and medical services.

Over 700 5G base stations have been installed to cover most of the district, Li Wenbo, director of Putuo’s science and technology commission, told a 5G promotion meeting yesterday.

Test data showed the 5G network is capable of a peak single-user download speed of 1.6 Gbps, nearly 16 times faster than 4G. Aside from speed, the low latency of 5G is especially helpful for Internet of Things applications.

At the Global Harbor Mall, a major site for Putuo to promote 5G, unmanned cleaning vehicles are sweeping the floors and collecting garbage across the city’s largest shopping complex. Artificial intelligence has replaced staffed customer services. A “facial emotion recognition system” can analyze customers’ preferences so sale staff can offer tailored services.

Robots patrol the mall to ensure safety, as well as guide drivers to find their cars in parking garages.

“These 5G applications can not only offer better experiences to customers, but also better services to shop operators,” said Ding Zuohong, president of the mall owner Yuexing Group.

Surveillance cameras can be controlled and adjusted based on China Mobile’s network to cover every spot in neighborhoods and improve safety.

The city’s first garbage room equipped with 5G technology has been launched in Caoyang Community, China’s first worker’s community built in the 1950s. The garbage house can weigh the waste, collect and transmit data as well as monitor dumping automatically.

An education theme park with virtual reality and augmented reality has opened in Putuo’s Shiquan community.

The new technology has also been applied to transmit medical images and conduct remote consultations.

The district aims to become Shanghai’s first “high-quality 5G district” this year, said Li.

It plans to build another 500 outdoor base stations in 50 key office buildings and five major innovation parks.

The district government signed an agreement with the three major carriers — China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom — as well as China Tower Shanghai, the major infrastructure constructor, to promote 5G.

To create more applications, the major innovation parks of Putuo, including the national-level China-Israel Innovation Hub (Shanghai) and the International Innovation Center of Tsinghua University Shanghai, will focus on 5G and attract leading and startups.


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