In U Mobile’s drive to gain further insights to the role of 5G in industries, the telco has partnered with leading contract manufacturer Hotayi Electronic (M) Sdn Bhd to implement mass workforce management solutions via two use cases at its facility in Penang.
The use cases, which are 5G-enabled Smart AI Facial Recognition and 5G-enabled Thermal Recognition is part of MCMC’s 5G Demonstration Projects (5GDP) and were recently featured as part of Techfest’s 5G Tech Forward program, which was organised by the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM).
The system is also able to capture structural features in real time as employees are entering the premise, and they include age range, expression, gender and it can even discern if accessories like glasses or face masks are used.
Another key benefit for this real-time solution is in the area of security as Hotayi Electronic is able to program a white list/black list of personnel. Any breach will be detected immediately, and security team will be able to be alerted to act straight away.
As for U Mobile’s 5G Thermal Recognition solution, it enables Hotayi Electronic to detect any abnormalities in temperature reading when employees are entering the premise and any abnormalities will immediately trigger the security team to take action.
The Smart AI Facial Recognition system will retrieve the identity of the affected staff and security team may ask him or her to leave the facility immediately, thus reducing the risk of cross infection. This is especially important for Hotayi Electronic as they have a huge production workforce.
Currently, both solutions are able to capture up to 10 employees’ faces and temperatures at one time, hence, leading to reduced lead time and improved effectiveness for Hotayi Electronic’s safety and security functions.
Woon Ooi Yuen, U Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer, highlighted that these 5G use cases provided the telco insights into the potential of 5G applications in the manufacturing industry.
“U Mobile is always about unleashing the unlimited potential of technology for the benefit of the end user. The company is constantly innovating and conducting various tests to find new ways to enhance our customers’ experience.
In this scenario, we are delighted to have been able to collaborate with Hotayi Electronic, as well as our technology partner Huawei, to conduct use cases that improve the operational efficiencies of a large firm like Hotayi Electronic through our 5G connectivity.
The learnings obtained will be valuable as we plan for 5G’s commercial rollout in the second phase of the Government’s National Digital Network (JENDELA) plan,” he said.