Rescue Robot Demo Shown at MWC

ON2019-03-07TAG: ShanghaiTech UniversityCATEGORY: School of Information Science and Technology

Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology ((SHIFT), in cooperation with Intel and iExec, demonstrated smart city service powered by 5G and blockchain at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 on February 25th to 28th in Barcelona. The demo presented a unified and decentralized smart city service platform based on 5G connection and blockchain technology. The robot rescue service developed by SHIFT was demonstrated as a smart city case study,  

Rescue robot is a fog computing demo developed by Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT). With the help of computing capability from fog nodes, robot rescuers are enabled to explore their environment, generating a map and navigating autonomously. Low-latency network connection makes it possible for robots to move in formation without global position information.

The rescue robot application assumes that a robot will fail to navigate due to certain faults in an unknown area. When the rescue service is started, the rescuer explores the surrounding environment and generates a regional map. The rescuer returns to the trapped area and forms a convoy with the faulty robots, leading them to a safe destination. By deploying the robot rescue service to iExec's market, users can order it from anywhere and pay for it using digital currency.

MWC is the world's largest annual exhibition in the field of communication. The theme of this year's event was Intelligent Connectivity, bringing together the latest innovative technologies and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies around the world and attracting about 110,000 trade visitors.