Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has inked and agreement with Singtel to deploy Singtel’s 5G infrastructure network solutions at its Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre in Singapore (HMGICS).
Claimed to be the first of its kind in the world, HMGICS is a S$40 million facility that will also produce electric cars. Slated to be ready by the end of this year, it will leverage Singtel’s 5G campus network with mobile edge core solutions that will provide uninterrupted high-speed connectivity and massive bandwidth for its high-precision quality control in manufacturing operations. It is designed to be the leading facility for the development of a metaverse for the manufacturing industry.
HMGICS will be an innovation hub for research and development in advanced mobility ecosystems. Apart from introducing smart mobility solutions such as electric vehicles (EV), autonomous vehicles (AV), and new forms of mobility products and services in Singapore, it will also serve as a testbed for human centred intelligent manufacturing and verification of Industry 4.0 technologies.
“Singtel’s 5G network and MEC solutions will overcome the performance limitations of WiFi to deliver the promise of digital twins and eventually metaverse for advanced manufacturing operations. Together, we are paving the way for Singapore to be the centre for Smart Manufacturing in the region,” said Lim Seng Kong, Managing Director of Singtel Enterprise Business.
“Through this partnership, HMGICS will feature the Hyundai Motor Group’s first deployment of a 5G network in vehicle manufacturing, leveraging 5G for a cloud-based centralised mobile robot management solution. We believe that Singtel’s 5G solution will not only redefine the manufacturing process, but the partnership will realise Hyundai’s vision of becoming the first mobility innovator to build a Meta-Factory concept, a digital-twin of an actual factory, supported by a metaverse platform,” said Hong Bum Jung, Chief Executive Officer of HMGICS.
Singtel’s 5G mobility network will enable Hyundai to deliver on its ‘metamobility’ concept, which refers to going beyond physical movements through robotics and into the metaverse to affect change in the real world – expanding the use of robots as a medium between the real and virtual worlds.