Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest integrated telecommunications company, showcased a range of exciting digital solutions for businesses and consumers at the India Mobile Congress 2019.
As India’s #1 player in the enterprise connectivity segment, Airtel demonstrated a wide range of use cases and applications for a world on connected things that leverage 5G and pre-5G network technologies.
Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO – Airtel Business said: “The digital era is at our door and a connected world with limitless digital solutions will soon be the norm. Airtel is ready for this digital future with its secure network and end-to-end product solutions for smart businesses. Our ambition is to be the partner of choice in the digital transformation journey of enterprises we serve and build a vibrant Digital India.”
Cloud Based Immersive Gaming: Airtel showcased immersive cloud-based gaming experience between multiple users over ultra-fast low latency Airtel 5G.
Secure Mining: Using 5G and a secure private network Airtel demonstrated how digital voice communication and broadcasting of emergency messages, contributes to improved safety conditions and work environment in mines.
Smart Factory: Airtel showcased how Network slicing can help build multiple logical networks for smart factories of the future. These network slices, are completely separated and independent to the extent that if something goes wrong in one slice it will not affect the other slices. These sliced networks with ultra-low latency power manufacturing floor robots in smart factories and send real time data and analytics, allowing managers to send back real time instructions to the robots and optimize the manufacturing process.
Remote Healthcare: With extremely high throughput and low latency, 5G networks enable communication through the sense of touch using augmented reality technologies. Airtel demonstrated the next level of remote communication in a healthcare, allowing a doctors to maneuver a robot arm in real-time and examine medical patients in remote locations.
Smart Retail Stores: Users can experience virtual trials of different fashion outfits in real time using high speed-low latency networks.Customers can try designs and sizes of different clothing brands using virtual technologies.
Advanced Surveillance: Airtel’s AI based Video analytics security and surveillance platform integrates advance features like facial-recognition and object detection to search a single image from live video feed in under three seconds to identify and trigger an alert and also provide dashboard for detailed analytics. Can be used for object detection & tracking, attendance systems etc.
Real time Air Quality Monitoring: NB-IoT based sensor’s using high speed networks monitor air pollution levels and seamlessly provide real time data to citizens.
Smart Street Lighting Poles: Airtel’s smart pole platform are designed for energy efficient lighting and also offer other features such as surveillance cameras, and public address systems. The solution can be operated and managed remotely through a smart cloud based web platform.
Smart Charger: It is India’s first smart power bank rental service. The power bank provides fast charging and has inbuilt cables with all pin types. Solution has built an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to facilitate the shared economy use cases and to render a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution with a great user-experience.
Showcasing Image recognition capabilities based on Image Recognition system powered by AI using a completely Autonomous Smart Vision Device that can capture Image of the cooler cabin, various other data and upload to the cloud via Smart Gateway device.
The Smart Wearable solutions from Airtel including smart watch and belt mounted device have features like SOS button, Fall detection and Health Monitoring sensors, etc.
Airtel’s Next Generation Cloud Datacenter
Edge Computing Impact
Side by Side comparison of loading web app: The application running on Instart plus Airtel edge will load faster visibly and we will have metric to show on where we impact compared to an edge caching only CDN.
Video use case side by side comparison where content is buffering on standard CDN while Instart can reduce that latency by using specific geo location routing to edge location and caching techniques compared to traditional delivery.
India’s first internet car: Airtel showcased MG Motor Hector, which is powered by Airtel’s 5 ready connectivity suite
Smart Bikes: Bounce offers seamless, dock-less, scooter sharing solution which allows users to pick up a scooter anywhere and drop it off in any legal parking and walk away. It leverages Airtel’s network and IoT to provide clean, convenient and affordable commute options.