July 28, 2022 – BAI Communications Australia (BAI) has announced its participation in a 5G-funded trial with the Australian Meat Processors Society (AMPC) and developer of augmented intelligence technologies, Bondi Laboratories.
BAI will design, supply and install a 5G communications network at two regional red meat processing facilities that will provide the reliable broadband connectivity required to enable smart verification technologies such as high fidelity video streaming that can be used for auditing remote and compliance monitoring. using computer vision technology.
BAI’s knowledge and experience of private 5G networks will be instrumental in Bondi Labs’ development and rigorous testing of two use cases: SmartInspect and SmartPack. Both of these innovations are designed to increase productivity and efficiency in the highly regulated red meat processing industry. The superior connectivity of 5G in regional and remote areas is particularly relevant to the trial, which will allow thorough inspections of animals by veterinarians, even when off-site.
This is part of the Australian Government’s 5G Innovation Initiative which provides businesses with the opportunity to try and test 5G applications that demonstrate the capability and benefits of 5G across a range of industry sectors and locations.
Nick Gurney, Director of Telecommunications, BAI Communications Australia, said: “The trial is an opportunity to showcase ever-evolving digital Industry 4.0 technologies that harness the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to better support industry through advanced interconnectivity, automation and machine learning. BAI’s private 5G network solution is a viable and scalable technology that will provide the connectivity that regional meat processors and other industries need to realize the significant benefits and savings enabled by 5G use cases and innovations. from Bondi Labs.
“Meatmaking is one of this country’s largest manufacturing and agricultural export industries, vital to the Australian economy. Leveraging the benefits of automated intelligence will bolster the industry’s stellar international reputation and provide increased job security for thousands of meat processing workers in cities and regional centers.
SmartInspect enables meat processing employees, wearing live video streaming glasses, to participate in remote audits and inspections, and undertake remote equipment maintenance and remote training, thereby which allows significant savings in time and travel. SmartPack harnesses the power of AI to identify different types of meat products and verify that carton contents match carton labels exactly. This technology reduces the potential for human error by being able to correctly identify a wide range of symbols, including languages that use special characters, such as Mandarin and Japanese.
Bondi Labs Head of Research and Engagement, Stuart Smith, said: “The trial is important for evaluating the use of 5G technology in a process plant, as well as from process plant to process. outer part. Ongoing work by Bondi Labs to match carton labels with products in the box requires a stable, high-speed internet connection that is enabled by BAI Communications’ solution.
BAI’s 5G private network solution enables rapid on-site trial set-up without disrupting processing operations. The two-month trial will demonstrate the benefits of integrated coverage using low-power 5G hotspots and moving IT traffic and services closer to process plant operators using IT multiple-access edge devices, all within a private 5G network. BAI has devised a rigorous test plan that, in addition to eliminating connectivity issues related to regional location, also allows for the extreme temperatures and enormous number of mechanical obstructions that are typically part of a processing plant. meat. Equally important is that BAI’s solution can meet the exceptionally high levels of security required in every plant and by the industry as a whole. It is hoped that a successful collaboration between BAI and Bondi Labs will be the start of big changes for the Australian red meat processing industry.
Peter Lambourne, Managing Director of BAI Communications Australia, said: “We are delighted to be involved in a trial which has the potential to reduce processor compliance costs, significantly improve operational efficiency and place an Australian industry at the forefront of best practices. worldwide”.