• Melo Acuna

Better technology seen with 5G and Augmented Reality

Huawei releases AR White Paper and expounds on 5G + AR

MANILA – At the most recent Huawei’s Better World Summit for 5G + AR, Huawei Carrier BG CM Bob Cai said 5G will switch on AR and AR will light up 5G. In his speech, Cai announced the release of the AR Insight and Application Practice White Paper which offers insights into the AR industry as far as devices, applications, and networking are concerned.

In a statement from Shenzhen, China, Huawei and third-party data predicts that the AR (Augmented Reality) market will be worth US$300 billion by 2025.

“AR will first see massive adoption in five prioritized industries, education, social networking, shopping, traveling and navigation, and gaming,” said Cai. He added AR can truly enable the convergence of the physical and digital worlds “making dreams a reality.”

During the event, Cai said there are case studies of Huawei employing AR. However, because of COVID-19, customers from across the world are unable to visit Huawei in person, so Huawei has began using AR to demonstrate its leading products and solutions online, improving and making communication more efficient. Huawei has used AR to achieve the quick delivery of 5G base stations which led to boosting delivery efficiency.

Huawei’s Cai demonstrated how Huawei “produces” AR. Huawei’s Air Photo uses unique algorithms to convert 2D photo into a digital 3D model, “considerably simplifying AR 3D character modeling. He also introduced Huawei AR Engine, the company’s AR development platform oriented toward mobile devices.

According to the statement, with Huawei AR Engine, developers need to write only 10 lines of code to create AR effects, significantly increasing the efficiency of AR application development.

Other resource persons were He Chengjian, Director of Shenzhen Communication Management Bureau, David MacQueen, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics, Huang He, Chief Producer of Shenzhen TV, Wei Rongjie, RealMax CEO, Hiroshi Fukuda, meleap CEO, and several others.

Shenzhen Communication Management’s Director He said Shenzhen is the first city in the world with full 5G SA coverage. ICT services represented AR can potentially be adopted across a wide rage of industries, including industrial production, e-commerce, real estate, home décor, culture, sport, tourism, healthcare, and education. AR applications have become a significant engine for digital transformation and will profoundly change production methods and how people live.

In closing, Cai said “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. The development of AR requires the entire industry to work together and create a prosperous 5G + AR value chain. AR and 5G are combining at the right time. 5G switches on AR, and AR lights up 5G.” (Melo M. Acuna)

Huawei Carrier BG CMO Bob Cai delivering his remarks on 5G + AR at the recent "Better World Summit" in Shenzhen, China. (Supplied Photo)

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