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Chula and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission Exhibits Use Cases “5G for REAL”

On 6 August 2020, the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission, organized the Chula 5G showcase event to feature the testing of 5G use cases under the concept of “5G for REAL”.  The event was held at the 5G AI/IOT Innovation Center, M Floor, Chula Pat 14.

The event attendees included professors and researchers from Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Institution of Research and Digital Innovations at Prince of Songkla University, and the management team from leading telecommunication companies, such as Advanced Info Service Public Co., True Corporation, Ericsson Thailand, Huawei Thailand, and Nokia Thailand.

Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, President of Chulalongkorn University, gave the opening speech and stressed the University’s commitment by investing in individuals, through research and development, to build future leaders and create high-impact and innovative research teams.  He adds that the 5G technology will help the university in achieving its commitment goals of developing “Innovations for Society” and will quickly propel the nation towards development.

Professor Boonchai Stitmannaithum, Chairman of the Project Committee, reveals that the project, funded by NBTC for a total of 2 years, began in 11 December 2018.  Since then, the University has collaborated with departments from both the public and private sectors, educational institutions in Thailand and abroad, network operators, and network equipment providers to arrange an open platform that tested, experimented, and developed the technology for use cases under sandbox.  The network coverage will extend over the entire campus, with a 5-year experimental phase from now until 10 December 2024.  The experiment aims to test the 5G spectrum at different bandwidths, point out interference signals, and gauge the sharing spectrum capabilities between 4G and 5G networks.

Professor Supot Teachavorasinskun, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, adds that the 5G technology is a key driver in converging digital communication – in both the physical and virtual world.  “We would like to thank NBTC for entrusting Chulalongkorn University, specifically the Faculty of Engineering, with the opportunity to partner and develop the said technology.  We hope this venture will lead to the development of the country and bring a better quality of life to people”, says Professor Supot.

The research project consists of setting up the 5G testing center that can check wireless equipment and services from network providers, and three other researches, including:

Health-care focused projects:

  1. Long-distance transmission of pre-surgery ophthalmic examination
  2. Transmission of data on air quality measurements in hospitals

Smart living and connected society projects:

  1. Service robots controlled via the 5G network
  2. Dust sensors and CCTV installed on smart poles and the CU pop bus to increase safety and efficiency on campus
  3. Use of virtual reality technology on campus via 5G network
  4. Development of autonomous driving for relocation of cars between parking spots
  5. Smart Pole based on 5G technology
  6. Single-phase smart meter based on NB-IoT, LoRa and 5G technologies
  7. Smart street lighting control system
  8. Real-time VDO analytics and image processing on cloud computing

Other projects:

  1. PolluSmartCell, a research based on closed-climate detection that facilitates air pollution from wireless communication signals.
  2. A training program that provides knowledge and training on 5G network testing and sharing experiences

Other projects featured at the showcase event includes a live discussion via Zoom from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan, under the topic of “5G Frequency and Network Regulation Policy in Japan”, “5G cross border” use case connecting Japan and Thailand from NTT DOCOMO, a discussion on teledentistry in an ageing society by Dr. Arunee Laiteerapong from the Faculty of Dentistry, physical examination via AI technology through telemedicine service by Dr. Chaiyapat Choonharuksamee, from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, autonomous vehicles by Assistant Professor Nuksit Noomwongs from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an interactive online group discussion by Assistant Professor Veera Muangsin from the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

To watch the video of the 5G use cases launching event, go to Facebook Page: CHULA 5G, visit www.5g.chula.ac.th, or call 02 218 6496.

Chula’s encouragement and support for research is excellent for teachers, students, and the public.

Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University