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China’s first 5G construction site

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Beijing’s 5G-powered construction site featuring smart glasses and heart monitors has been activated.

China’s very first construction site to adopt 5G technology has been activated in Beijing. A total of 40 contractors have enhanced their systems on a high-tech business district building site. The network has the ability to transmit data at 10GB per second.

It is expected the use of this technology and transmission speed could spark an increase in construction productivity. Among the technologies are “AI glasses”. These have the ability to allow engineers to get a detailed view of what workers are viewing on site from their offices and are able to communicate with them if needed.

Other forms of technology could also be deployed. These include advanced robotics, real-time monitoring and blockchain which can be utilised to verify various types of information. The internet of things (IoT) can also be utilised to automate progress reporting for projects.

The site is also utilising a health system where each worker’s health can be tracked using 10 different indicators such as blood pressure, electrocardiography and can also issue physical examination reports.

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Located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, the project is being developed by China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, a subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC).

Speaking to the CGTN website, Zhao Canzhen, Chief Project Engineer of the Eighth Engineering, spoke about the 5G systems and how they’re being used for better site monitoring.

“By using 5G, we can monitor tower cranes, and we have a multidimensional security monitoring system. In combination with the AI function, we can also identify if people are wearing masks on site.”

He then went on to say: “We will continuously explore other uses for 5G, such as blockchain, unmanned operations, robot construction and other applications in the field.”

The super-wide bandwidth that 5G offers is being used by many other companies to help automate their construction sites, increasing productivity and efficiency whilst enabling cost-reductions in certain areas in the long run. 5G has been adopted by companies including South Korea’s Doosan for the use of a remote-controlled excavator back in April 2019. Japanese contractor Taisei also tested a similar machine in January 2019.

SIte using the older 4G wireless systems usually run into issues with bandwidth speeds as modern construction sites require bandwidth thanks to the rise in on-site technology and the use of tools which integrate the Internet of Things. 5G aims to resolve these bandwidth problems for even the most technologically advanced construction sites thanks to its near-unlimited bandwidth. Moreover, 5G has the ability to accommodate many more users which is a limitation of 4G and older technologies.

 

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