Smart Manufacturing Gaining Interest in Southeast Asia, with 5G on the Horizon

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By Kangrui Ling | 4Q 2019 | IN-5662


Uncertain Interest in Industrial 5G at ITAP 2019


Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC (ITAP) 2019 was a Hannover Messe trade show held in Singapore in October of this year that featured Industry 4.0 applications for the logistics and manufacturing sectors. Compared to the Hannover Messe Conference, which spanned 24 halls, ITAP 2019 was a much smaller trade show, spanning just 3 halls at Singapore Expo. Most showcases and discussions at ITAP 2019 revolved around cyber security, edge computing, industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI), and robotics.

The Hannover Messe conference in Germany in April was brimming with discussions about 5G applications on the factory floor, as explained in the ABI Insight Industrial 5G at Hannover Messe (IN-5467). It included an entire hall dedicated to showcasing 5G applications with a private 5G network. Some of the discussions included utilizing 5G to reduce the time taken to download software to the car at the factory (for Wi-Fi this takes up to 20 minutes, whereas for 5G it can theoretically be reduced to 10 seconds), remotely controlling Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), and repla…

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