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KT partners with research body to develop 5G AI robot platform to solve social problems

By Park Sae-jin Posted : October 20, 2021, 16:45 Updated : October 20, 2021, 16:45

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SEOUL -- South Korea's top telecom service operator KT has partnered with a state research institute to develop a 5G-based robot control tower platform that will help solve social problems such as the quarantine of a coronavirus pandemic and increase the convenience and safety of people's livelihood.

South Korea, which has a nationwide network of ultra-fast 5G mobile communication, has already adopted a fleet of connected robots that use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technology to reduce operational costs and labor. Serving robots were commercialized at restaurants to carry food from the kitchen to the customer's table. Quarantine robots equipped with sanitizing devices roam hospitals and public facilities. Guide robots are deployed to airports and shopping malls.

KT said it has agreed with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to share their know-how in robotics, communication, and cloud computing sectors to cooperate in the development of an integrated platform including 5G-connected robots, a control tower, and management systems.

"We will contribute to the solving of social problems in the quarantine and industrial sectors by utilizing KIST's robot development capability and KT's 5G-connected robot platform and cloud technologies," KT's enterprise division head Shin Soo-jeong said in a statement on October 20.

KT and KIST will work on various projects including a control tower platform for robots carrying everyday necessities and groceries. The 5G-connected platform will be demonstrated in late 2021. The two sides will develop robots hooked onto KT's solutions to reduce safety accidents at industrial sites and commercialize technologies in the bio and healthcare sectors

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