MEET Captain C – a new recruit at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre who owes his high-powered job to 5G technology.
The smart robot joins after serving an “apprenticeship” at the recent Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival and his deployment is thanks to the venue implementing full 5G coverage across events spaces, restaurants and backstage areas.
“As an industry leader, HML is committed to using smart technology to offer better service to our customers, and we are delighted to be one of the first organisations in Hong Kong to provide high-speed indoor 5G connectivity.
Monica Lee-Müller, managing director of HML, the company operating HKCEC, said the venue is one of the first in Hong Kong to provide high-speed indoor 5G connectivity.
“Our new 5G smart robot also helps us flexibly allocate resources and provide event organisers and visitors with safer, more reliable services,” Lee-Müller said.
The 5G coverage will allow a larger number of facility users to simultaneously access data-intensive applications and content. Exhibitors can also integrate physical and online marketing through more stable and better real-time livestreaming of events with by using holograms and augmented reality to enhance engagement with visitors and stream high-definition videos to mobile devices.
Captain C combines 5G network and artificial intelligence technologies. It is equipped with a 360-degree 4K high-definition surveillance camera, infrared detection camera, and a sensor system for detecting smoke and fire.
The robot can also play versatile roles such as implementing crowd management or pandemic prevention measures such as broadcasting social distancing reminders.
If a person shows high body temperature or does not wear a mask, Captain C will instantly transmit real-time images to the security control room to follow up.
HML kicked off the US$128 million HKCEC Five-year Advancement Project in 2019 to upgrade and refurbish facilities and infrastructure over several stages. The introduction of Captain C is a benefit of the Hong Kong government’s “Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G”.