Singapore operator Singtel has announced plans to launch a 5G-enabled “smart” retail store to help enterprises adopt digital services to meet changing retail consumer demands. Designed to look like a real store, the retail showcase will feature technology from Apple’s enterprise partners, Singtel said. 

With this showcase, enterprises can leverage Singtel’s connectivity, 5G network and multi-edge computing (MEC) services such as Paragon, Apple products and partner technologies to explore new solutions that they can apply in their physical or online stores, the operator said. For a start, the showcase will feature technology from six providers, namely SFX, Dabton, Matterport, Zühlke, Scandit and Eleos. These partner services will leverage Apple products and software to deliver solutions, using built-in features such as machine learning and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). 

The services will be deployed through the latest line-up of Apple products including iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and iPad mini. Together with Singtel’s 5G network, business customers are expected to be able to deploy retail applications for computational photography, spatial measurement, and real-time operations monitoring. 

The retail applications can also be managed via the Singtel Paragon orchestration platform for 5G, MEC and cloud services, which is designed to provide enterprises with a single portal to conduct network analytics, manage connectivity and workloads across their infrastructure for different connectivity needs, and deploy retail applications at the edge of the network to meet the demands of their business and customers. The platform also provides access to the Paragon Marketplace, where enterprises can list or acquire retail applications for immediate deployment. 

Retail enterprises interested in any of the services at the smart retail showcase can visit Singtel’s Enterprise 5G website or speak to a Singtel account manager. Singtel also reports that financial assistance is also available via the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s 5G Grant.

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