28 July 2022 – BAI communications Australia (BAI) has announced its participation in a 5G-funded trial with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) and developer of augmented intelligence technologies, Bondi Labs.
BAI will design, supply and install a 5G communications network at two regional red meat processing plants that will provide the reliable high-speed connectivity needed to enable intelligent verification technologies such as high-fidelity video streaming that can be used for audit. remote and compliance monitoring through machine vision technology.
BAI’s knowledge and experience of private 5G networks will be critical to Bondi Labs’ rigorous development and testing of two use cases: SmartInspect and SmartPack. Both innovations are designed to increase productivity and efficiency in the highly regulated red meat processing industry. Particularly relevant to the trial is 5G’s superior connectivity between regional and remote areas, which will allow for thorough inspections of animals by veterinarians, even when they are off-site.
This is part of the Australian government’s 5G Innovation Initiative which gives companies the opportunity to try and test 5G applications that demonstrate the capability and benefits of 5G across a wide range of industries and industrial locations.
Nick Gurney, Director of Telecommunications, BAI Communications Australia, says: “The process is an opportunity to showcase the ever-evolving Industry 4.0 digital technologies that leverage the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to better support the industry through interconnectivity. technology, automation and machine learning. BAI’s private 5G network solution is a viable and future-proof technology that will provide the connectivity regional meat processors and other industries need to realize the significant benefits and savings enabled by 5G use cases and innovations from Bondi Labs.
“Meat production is one of the largest agricultural manufacturing and export industries in this country, vital to the Australian economy. Harnessing the benefits of automated intelligence will strengthen the industry’s already excellent international reputation and provide greater job security for thousands of meat processing workers in cities and regional centers. “
SmartInspect allows meat processing employees, who wear live video streaming goggles, to participate in remote audits and inspections, and to undertake remote maintenance and training of equipment, saving time and travel. SmartPack harnesses the power of AI to identify different types of meat products and verify that the contents of the carton exactly match the carton labels. 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 Involvement Stuart Smith says, “Experimentation is important for evaluating the use of 5G technology within a processing plant, as well as from a processing plant to an external party. Bondi Labs’ work to match carton labels to in-box products requires a stable, high-bandwidth Internet connection enabled by BAI Communications. “
BAI’s private 5G network solution allows you to quickly set up your test on site, without interrupting your processing operations. The two-month trial will demonstrate the benefits of internal coverage using low-power 5G access points and moving traffic and IT services closer to processing plant operators using multi-access edge computing, all within one private 5G network. BAI has devised a rigorous test plan which, in addition to denying the connectivity problems of being in a regional location, also takes into account the extreme temperatures and the huge number of mechanical obstructions typical of a set up meat processing plant. Equally important is that BAI’s solution is able to meet the exceptionally high levels of safety required in every plant and by industry in general. Hopefully, a successful collaboration between BAI and Bondi Labs will be the start of major changes for the Australian red meat processing industry.
Peter Lambourne, Chief Executive Officer of BAI Communications Australia, says: “We are delighted to be involved in a trial that has the potential to reduce processor compliance costs, substantially improve operational efficiency and put a leading Australian industry at the forefront. in Best Practices Worldwide “.