HKCEC welcomes 5G smart robot

Captain C can detect whether visitors are wearing a mask, and broadcast social distancing reminders.

HKCEC's 5G smart robot will serve various roles, including implementing crowd control and spotting attendees with high body temperatures.
HKCEC's 5G smart robot will serve various roles, including implementing crowd control and spotting attendees with high body temperatures.

To usher in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre's (HKCEC) new status as a venue equipped with 5G connectivity, a futuristic member has joined the team — 5G smart robot, Captain C.

Up to 100 times faster than the existing 4G network, 5G is expected to drive a new IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem.

For HKCEC, this 100% 5G coverage across event spaces, restaurants and backstage areas allows attendees and organisers to simultaneously access data-intensive applications and content.

Enhanced digital capabilities also mean exhibitors can expect more stable live streaming of events, including the use of technologies such as hologram and augmented reality.

Backed by both 5G and artificial intelligence technologies, Captain C will serve various roles, including implementing crowd control, and broadcasting social distancing reminders.

Armed with a 360-degree 4K high-definition surveillance camera, infrared detection camera, and a sensor for detecting smoke and fire, Captain C can also instantly transmit images to the security control room when it spots attendees with high body temperatures or those who don't wear a mask so appropriate follow-up actions can be taken.

Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first organisations in Hong Kong to provide high-speed indoor 5G connectivity. Our new 5G smart robot also helps us flexibly allocate resources and provide event organisers and visitors with safer, more reliable services.”

These upgrades are part of the centre's US$128 million (HK$1 billion) five-year advancement project to upgrade and refurbish facilities and infrastructure.



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