Tele-Control Warehouse Stackers Using 5G


 LSCM enhances the functions of existing warehouse stackers by using Fifth Generation Cellular Network (5G) and advanced sensing technologies.

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Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
technology licensing
Problem addressed

High labour cost and rental cost are two common challenges faced by many local warehouses. Therefore, LSCM utilises 5G to provide high-speed and low- latency data transmission to enable the tele-control of multiple stackers at the same time, and allow the incorporation of remote sensing technologies such as cameras for live image processing, and distance detection through laser technology (LiDAR).

  • High data transfer rate enabled by 5G technology with the features of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) allows tele-control by establishing large-coverage, high performance and reliable communication.
  • URLLC facilitates real-time control by lowering control latency to around 100ms, which is short enough for operators to respond in nearly real- time according to what is displayed on the screen.
  • Real-time assistive driving technologies and safety sensors have been applied. Operators can handle it without much training.
Key impact
  • The technologies allow multiple stackers, even in different locations, to be controlled in real time which can improve operational efficiency. 
  • More reliable and real-time communication compared to other wireless protocols.
  • The technologies can be applied to remote vehicles in workspaces with dangerous/adverse environment.  The working environment and safety can be enhanced.
  • Outstanding Tele-Control Warehouse Stackers Using 5G in Smart Living Partnership Awards 2021
  • Logistics & Warehouse management
Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006, with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes to bring about meaningful and significant impact on the industry and the community. 

LSCM serves the industry by initiating research projects, contract research, as well as providing business matching opportunities, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. LSCM initiates technology and knowledge transfer to the marketplace to promote industrial digitalisation, facilitate technology advancement and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading logistics and commercial hub.