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5G-Powered Robots Clean Singapore's Rivers


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Weston Robot's river cleaning robot.

Designed to collect garbage and monitor water quality, robots like this one have debuted in Singapore's Marina Bay, a hub of activity and a prime spot for their cleaning endeavors.

Credit: Weston Robot/YouTube

Singapore-based robot-as-a-service company Weston Robot is supplying uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) to clean Singapore's rivers by collecting garbage and monitoring water quality.

Said Weston Robot's Yanliang Zhang, "The robots need to be connected to a 5G network in order to achieve their desired efficiencies and to operate with safety in mind."

Zhang said 5G connectivity enables real-time remote control, allowing operators to receive alerts and support a holistic perspective of the cleaning process.

The USVs are equipped with sensors that evaluate water pH levels and chemical oxygen demand (the amount of oxygen that must be dissolved in the water to oxidize chemical organic materials).

Weston Robot partnered with Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority to deploy the robots in Marina Bay.

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