Vodafone Idea to Test New 5G Powered Technologies


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Indian wireless carrier Vodafone Idea is planning to test a 5G-based aerial traffic management and motion capture system, according to India Today, partnering with startups Vizzbee Robotics Solution and Tweek Labs. The two companies were winners of the 5G Hackathon, which was held last year by the Department of Telecommunications to find India-focused 5G applications.

Through its partnership with Vizzbee Robotics Solution, Vodafone Idea will bring its 5G network to trial solutions that will make the skies safer for drones.  Vodafone Idea’s 5G network will be used to validate safety solutions, such as streaming live video from a drone, that will make air traffic control more efficient and effective, according to Vibhu Tripathi, the Co-founder at Vizzbee.  

“5G will not only ensure faster and reliable communication links for drones but will also enable long-range autonomous operations even in dense urban environments,” Tripathi said. “Low latency V2X communication along with real-time Internal image processing in the cloud will help these aerial vehicles reach a new level of autonomy.”

With Tweek Labs, Vodafone Idea will test a full-body motion-capture suit using 5G technology, which can be used to monitor the performance of athletes. It uses sensors to record the player’s posture, moisture, form and technique, providing real time data analytics for a coach to view an athlete’s form and performance.

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