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Faces of 5G: A day in the life of Nicholas Zylberglajt

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 15 Jun 2022
  • Last modified 20 Jun 2022
The latest blog post in our Faces of 5G series, showcasing the people working behind UK5G

Hello, my name is Nicholas Zylberglajt, and I’m the CEO of Unmanned Life. Striving to provide a seamless orchestration of autonomous robotics, we have worked closely with 5G for the last four years, building on 12 years' worth of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. One of our most recent projects is 5G Logistics, demonstrating how the technology can increase efficiency and productivity for the transport sector, funded by DCMS and led by West of England Combined Authority (WECA). 

5G private networks will transform business. In particular, we have been looking at supply chain visibility, through three main use cases: security, traceability and real-time tracking of goods; autonomous drone flights for port surveillance operations; and improvements to road traffic management through 5G smart junctions (AI-based traffic signalling), easing congestion and improving traffic flow around the port. 

My working day is largely focused on overseeing the development of infrastructure—this includes writing code, as well as talking to partners. Combining 5G, robotics and ultra-low latency lies at its heart. It is this unique model which solidifies the concept of a safe supply chain. Operating across the West of England, the testbed has already successfully trialled mobile edge computing (MEC), opening up the potential for new industry-wide solutions for ports, Enterprise Zones, business parks, local authorities and (eventually) smart cities.

It’s important to note that Bristol Port Company is not currently a freeport. Our team has highlighted, however, that 5G solutions can support this scenario, whereby freeport zones can operate at a distance from the central port site. The wider applicability of these solutions to other ports, and the logistics sector as a whole,  is a fundamental consideration of the project: the recent HGV driver shortages and Covid-19 pandemic showcased that supply chains internationally need to be reinvented.

1. What do you enjoy most about working on the project? 

Working on cutting-edge products to push the boundaries of technology.


2. What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done in the name of 5G?

Our CTO jumped into the river in Vienna to test a search and rescue solution. Thankfully, it was a success—the drone didn’t fall into the water!


3. What excites you most about the project?

Definitely representing the UK as a 5G “brand”. 


4. What would you like people to know about the project?

5G allows us to combine different technologies in a way that just wasn’t possible before. The world, as a result, is modernising at a very rapid pace. Soon, drones will be delivering groceries to your house.


5. What’s the biggest benefit you think 5G will bring to the UK?

Real-time communications and efficiency in several key industries.

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