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Video: Weston Robot electrical Unmanned Surface Vessel did the cleaning job at Marina Keppel Bay in Singapore.
Weston Robot’s electrical Unmanned Surface Vessel (eUSV) is environmentally friendly with zero carbon emission with less routine maintenance than gasoline-powered vessels. When powered by 5G connectivity, eUSV allows remote monitoring and maintenance of the water area, by collecting debris and garbage found in the water. This also offers the opportunity for manpower to be deployed more effectively and with the re-skilling of staff to take on newly created high-tech roles of manning and remote piloting of such autonomous robots.
The conventional way of water-area cleaning often involves heavy amount of manpower., two workers performing the duty together, one is driving the boat while the other worker is operating the cleaning mechanics. It is very challenging to attract fresh graduates to join the workforce due to the harsh working environment. The boats deployed today almost all run on gasolines, which is not environmentally friendly. It often requires regular maintenance of the gasoline engines.
Video: difference of using electric unmanned surface vessel (eUSV) vs conventional gasoline powered boat.
Weston Robot was proudly invited by M1 to join the event to perform for the real-time surveillance and garbage clearing robots that taps under their 5G network at Marina Keppel Bay (MKB). At the event Weston Robot presented 3 types of robots which are the USV Vessel called SMURF for garbage clearing, USV ELFIN for water patrolling surveillance, and UGV SCOUT for ground patrolling surveillance. Our robots have displayed each of their features and abilities to increase the productivity and the efficiency of their roles, especially on the USV Vessel (garbage clearing), as it helps to clean the garbage thoroughly on the water and it also help the person to manage his/her cleaning efficiently and so it also increases their productivity too.
Picture: Dr Zhang Yanliang from Weston Robot, Keppel Chief Executive Louis Lim and M1 Chief Executive Manjot Singh Mann, and other senior management team from M1, viewing Weston Robot Autonomous Garbage Collection USV with camera streaming using M1 5G network
Besides the garbage collection robot, a small and easily portable autonomous unmanned surface vessel is also deployed at MKB for security surveillance. The USV can also do water sample collection, water quality monitoring. The USV is currently equipped with 4G remote steering (upgradable to 5G), GPS/RTK navigation with 77GHZ radar for collision avoidance.
Video: Autonomous unmanned surface vessel is also deployed at MKB for security surveillance.
Below are the articles from the media stated how robots and 5G network can clearly “elevate” their (M1 & Keppel) waterfront lifestyle and yacht experience.
Straits Times (https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/tech-news/waterfront-lifestyle-at-keppel-bay-gets-5g-security-boost): Other machines could also be deployed at the marina in the future to do dock inspections and surveillance from the water. They could also be used to maintain and monitor the cleanliness of the area, and automatically collect garbage floating in the water. M1 said this would help cut the resources needed to maintain water conditions at the marina.
Zdnet.com (https://www.zdnet.com/article/m1-taps-5g-to-enrich-waterfront-lifestyle-operations/): The robots also could be leveraged to monitor and maintain the marina's surroundings, automatically clearing any garbage identified in the waters. They then could reduce resources needed in maintaining water conditions.
Hardwarezone (https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-m1-and-partners-showcase-workplace-solutions-powered-m1-s-5g-sa-network): M1 and Keppel Land are both part of the Keppel Group and some of the solutions will be deployed at the marina to elevate the waterfront lifestyle and yacht experience. The new services would enable high speed and further automate and streamline processes, boosting productivity and efficiency for maritime operators, M1 and Keppel said. Autonomous robots can be deployed for security and maintenance using M1’s 5G SA network for communications and tracking and monitoring. For example, an autonomous robot boat with a 5G enabled camera can be used to scan and collect garbage in the waters of the marina. This would free up manpower to be used in other areas.
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