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In-store robots could get smarter with 5G connectivity

August 2, 2019


The goal of equipping robots with 5G, according to Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland, is to make operations more efficient and consistent and to improve customer service.

“By alleviating in-store connectivity and processing constraints with 5G, Badger’s multi-purpose robots can become the ultimate multitaskers,” Rowland told sister publication Grocery Dive in an email.

Wi-Fi access points, which Badger’s in-store robots currently rely on for connectivity, can typically handle about 250 users without degrading service. Equipping the bots with 5G will ensure there’s no slowdown or loss of connectivity, the company noted. 5G is reportedly 10 times faster than 4G and can handle millions of users, Phillip Hartfield, AT&T’s general manager of retail industry marketing, told Grocery Dive in an email.

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