JD.com and AI-LINK Make AGVs Smart through Private 5G-Based Operation and Maintenance Platform

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By Lian Jye Su | 3Q 2022 | IN-6620


AI-LINK Network Runs JD.com's AGVs over Private 5G Network


Based in China, AI-LINK Network is a 5G and edge computing technology vendor, providing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions built on cellular connectivity. In June 2022, the company connected more than 100 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in a 6,600 Square Meter (m2) JD.com warehouse at Changsha city in Hunan Province over a private 5G connection. By leveraging a 5G-based AGV operation and maintenance platform, JD.com managed to streamline its overall system process and increase its overall efficiency, setting up the foundation for more efficient and hyperscale automation.

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JD.com AGVs transmit various status data to the Warehouse Control System (WCS) over the cellular connection, including driver servo motor and scanned barcode information. However, when the robots were connected via Wi-Fi, some status data were not updated due to an unstable Wi-Fi connection. This led to the WCS…

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