Two-month trial for AI and remote solutions using 5G at meat processing plants

BAI Communications will design, supply and install private 5G networks at two regional meat processing sites run by Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) and trialling solutions developed by Bondi Labs.

In a statement on Thursday, the communications infrastructure company said that it would install the networks at the sites to provide high-speed connectivity required for Bondi’s SmartInspect and SmartPack.

SmartInspect is described as allowing workers, equipped with live-video streaming glasses, to participate in remote audits, inspections, equipment maintenance and training. SmartPack uses AI to identify different types of meat products and verify that carton contents exactly match carton labels, reducing the potential for human error through correct identification of a wide range of symbols, including languages that use special characters.

“The trial is important in assessing the use of 5G technology within a processing plant, as well as from a processing plant to an external party,” said Dr Stuart Smith, Research and Engagement Manager at Bondi Labs. 

“Work being progressed by Bondi Labs to match carton labels with products in the box requires a stable and high-bandwidth internet connection which is enabled by BAI Communications’ solution.”

According to BAI, the two-month trial would demonstrate “the benefits of inbuilding coverage using low power 5G access points and moving computing traffic and services closer to processing plant operators” through the use of multi-access edge computing, all of it within a private 5G network.

“Meat manufacturing is one of this country’s largest manufacturing and agricultural export industries, vital to the Australian economy,” added Nick Gurney, Director of Telecommunications at BAI Communications Australia. 

“Leveraging the benefits of automated intelligence will bolster the industry’s already excellent international reputation and provide increased employment security for thousands of meat processing workers across regional towns and centres.”

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