The 5th Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day was held in Chengdu on 3 September 2019. At the event, Huawei and partners showcased a variety of innovative industry applications to demonstrate the infinite potential of 5G commercial applications, such as 5G + virtual reality (VR), 5G + 8K videos, 5G + drones, 5G telemedicine, and a 5G connected ambulance.

5G + VR

At the Panda Sanctuary several kilometres away, 360° VR panoramic cameras broadcast the pandas’ movements from within the enclosure live over the 5G network to delegates wearing VR headsets. While wearing the headsets, participants enjoyed an immersive experience inside the enclosure with the adorable pandas.

5G + 8K videos

Supported by 5G networks, the 8K screen displayed live UltraHD (UHD) videos of performances in real-time, allowing participants to enjoy these performances with clearer images and details.

These innovative applications caught the eyes of visitors from many countries and regions in the Asia Pacific. Taking 8K video as an example, its resolution is up to 7680×4320; four times higher than 4K video. It requires a backhaul upstream bandwidth of at least 100 Mbit/s, which only 5G networks can provide.

Since 5G networks have greater coverage, 8K live streaming will be possible whenever and wherever you want it, at a lower cost and higher efficiency.

5G + drones, 5G telemedicine, and 5G connected ambulance

5G will enable more applications in various industries, greatly improving efficiency and reducing cost. As shown at the event, 5G networks will serve as the foundation of a comprehensive emergency medical aid system consisting of connected ambulances and AI-supported applications like AR, VR, and drones.

When a patient boards a 5G-connected ambulance, the doctor can use the in-vehicle medical equipment to complete medical examinations such as a blood test, ECG test, or a B-mode scan. At the same time, related information, such as scan images, medical signs, and medical records of the wounded can be sent to hospitals in real-time, so that doctors can make emergency treatment plans and prepare for operations in a timely manner.

This will save more time for rescuing the wounded and increasing the rate of treatment success.

Other 5G experiences

Visitors also experienced other innovative applications powered by 5G networks outside the venue. These applications included:

  • Demo truck of multi-dimensional 5G networks in the Southern Zone of the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone
  • 5G buses in the Chengdu Second Ring Road
  • Telemedicine of the No.3 People’s Hospital of Chengdu

In these scenarios, people experienced high-speed 5G networks and applications like 5G-enabled VR and UHD videos on the move.

5G is on. The commercial use of 5G networks will bring new experiences to consumers, enable industrial digitisation, facilitate innovation in industrial applications, and create greater social and economic value.