Telia brings 5G robot to Helsinki airport


An autonomous robot will help carry out service tasks at Helsinki Airport after being connected to Telia Company's third 5G network in Finland.

The robot, which sadly is yet to be christened, will also oversee airport operations and also study the flow of passengers through the T2 terminal.

Telia and airport operator Finavia, which is Telia's first 5G customer, will research how staff and passengers react to the robot through real-time video feeds. 

The robot will be connected to a Nokia 5G base station operating in the 28GHz band. This will be the first time in Finland that millimetre waves have been used publicly and Finavia is Telia's first 5G customer.

Telia Finland 5G Program Director Janne Koistinen said: "5G will start with enterprise customers, especially for industrial automation and remote control.

"The low-latency connection and massive capacity of 5G will serve the airport well with its masses of passengers and data, and with the focus on security and fluency of services."

Heikki Koski, Chief Digital Officer, Finavia, said: "The robot can deliver real-time video stream from the terminal and enable for example monitoring the terminal area through remote or autonomous control and see that everything is running as it should. The robot can also guide passengers in the terminal, and we aim to try different use cases during the project."

Last month Telia opened a 5G network in Oulu with the aim to explore industrial use cases of 5G. This came a month after Telia's first 5G network was launched at a Helsinki football stadium.