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Test of connected 5G things

Published: 6 April 2021

The world's first automatic hand alcohol machine, which is connected to the 5G network, is now being tested at Teknikens Hus.

The machine sends a signal when the hand alcohol is running out and the supplier refills more. The test is part of two 5G projects where researchers at Luleå University of Technology are investigating how lightning-fast, wireless communication can make inventions in healthcare work better. Also included in the test and development of the machine is the Luleå-based company Thingwave, an innovation company that works with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), primarily focused on the mining industry.

5G innovations
Campus and the surrounding area is currently a test area for 5G. Through various things, such as the hands-on vending machine in Teknikens Hus, researchers at Luleå University of Technology want to investigate how 5G can create new innovations in healthcare. It can be things like shower robots or advanced alarms.

5G connected gadgets
With 5G networks, the speed of the internet is 50 times faster than with today's 4G. Wireless things can communicate with each other and with the world almost completely without delay. 5G also increases the possibility for more gadgets to be connected at the same time. It is needed, as more and more things are connected and more sound, text and film are streamed on the mobile network with each passing day.

The projects that run the test are called 5G for health and care in Upper Norrland and Wireless Innovation Arena funded by the EU through the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

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