August 12, 2021
Bell Canada has announced a collaboration with Tiny Mile to provide 5G connectivity for the growing fleet of food delivery robots in downtown Toronto.
Collectively named “Geoffrey,” Tiny Mile’s remotely operated pink robots rely on built-in cameras and GPS to navigate the busy streets of Toronto. Connecting Geoffrey to Bell’s 5G network enables high-definition video telematics data capabilities, improving real-time decisions and enhancing safety and response times, the company said.
“Bell is thrilled to work with the Canadian entrepreneurs at Tiny Mile to leverage the incredible speed and response time of Bell 5G and enable this innovative and timely food delivery option for their customers with mobile edge computing (MEC),” said Nauby Jacob, senior vice president of products and services at Bell Mobility.
In the first phase of the service, remote tele-operators will be able to pilot the robots more easily with Bell 5G’s faster sensor and video feed data response time, the company said. Tiny Mile will then later implement Bell 5G and MEC service, moving computational power to the edge, providing ultra-low latency response and automating services like collision avoidance. Bell said streaming data from multiple cameras and sensors on each robot will transmit to the edge with near instantaneous processing to guide the robot around pedestrians, moving objects or obstructions such as potholes or poles.
“The Bell 5G network will enable our remote controlled robots to transmit large amounts of data with incredibly fast speeds – an important milestone in advancing the development of our autonomous delivery model – which is a perfect fit for us,” said Ignacio Tartavull, CEO of Tiny Mile. “This will help to optimize our business delivery model with an improved solution to help our team do what they do best – deliver fresh restaurant meals to our customers.”
Bell announced the launch of its 5G network last year, and last month announced a partnership with AWS to provide Wavelength Zones on Bell 5G for fast and efficient 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC). The company said companies like Tiny Mile will be able to access a portfolio of services to build applications that require ultra-low-latency connectivity to improve their operations.
For more details on Tiny Mile’s robots, visit its website here.