Taking a leap into the future, Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), switched on its Live 5G network at India Mobile Congress 2022 in the national capital today. The first call on Vi 5G Live network was made by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi who used Vi 5G Digital Twin technology to take an Immersive Tour of Delhi Metro under-construction tunnel in Dwarka. The call was attended by the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena who facilitated an interaction for the Hon’ble PM with a Worker at the site.
Using high-speed ultra-low latency 5G network, Vi demonstrated to the Hon’ble PM how 5G technology can be used in India for Worker Safety and Efficiency in supervision of critical construction sites such as tunnels, underground working sites, mines etc.
With a 3D Digital Twin of a Delhi Metro tunnel site created on Vi 5G, Hon’ble PM was able to view it remotely in real-time, and review the working conditions and well-being of the workers deployed at the site.
Along with the Hon’ble PM at IMC for Vi 5G demonstration was Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group.
Talking on the occasion, Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Group, said “We are inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India and are committed to make India a global superpower in the Digital era. Vi’s first step in the 5G era is an important milestone in India’s new generation technology odyssey. Vi stands committed to bring the finest in innovative technology and service offerings to take 1.3 billion Indians on an accelerated journey towards individual and collective growth”.
As a leading player in the Indian telecom industry, Vi has developed a range of 5G use cases in partnership with technology companies and domain leaders, to drive the development of 5G ecosystem in the country.
Vi in partnership with Athonet and Tata Communication Transformation Services (TCTS), created the digital twin of under-construction Delhi Metro site in Dwarka region. The set up involved the deployment of eMBB and uRLLC augmented by real-time VR & Artificial Intelligence based applications. 4K HD cameras were installed at site, connecting back to the network through 5G as well as to an Edge compute platform at Vi 5G Core location in Delhi. The digital images were ported on HoloLens worn by an operator for the Hon’ble Prime Minister to experience it live on screen at IMC event. The end to end connectivity from the Site to the Core and IMC Demo location at Pragati Maidan was on Vi 5G network.
Benefits of Digital Twin on Vi 5G
- Worker Safety: Project managers can remotely monitor and issue immediate commands to workers in case of any emergency observed at site.
- Communication & Connectivity: with high speed, low latency 5G technology, connectivity and communication is seamless, real-time and in HD quality.
- Efficiency: 5G brings efficiency in work as undesirable situations can be avoided, project managers can monitor several sites at the same time and get work done more efficiently.
With a vision for 5G for a Better Tomorrow, Vi is demonstrating a wide range of 5G use cases which can provide for large scale transformation in businesses and society, taking India into the digital era. Vi 5G use cases in many verticals such as Public Safety, Connected Healthcare with Smart Ambulance, Private Networks, IoT Connected Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Mobile Robot, 5G Cloud & Immersive Gaming and more, are available for experience at IMC 2022.
Earlier, during the walkthrough of the exhibition, the Hon’ble PM also visited the Vi Booth to experience SmartAgri – a technology use case developed by Vodafone Idea for transforming agricultural practices in India.