Altice Labs Tests 5G for Emergency Situations in Portugal Facility
Monday, September 16, 2019 | Comments

Altice Labs 11 September held a simulation at its facilities in Aveiro, Portugal, to test the use of 5G in emergency situations using an experimental network installed in collaboration with Ericsson.

To illustrate some of the potential of this technology, namely its lower latency, higher bandwidth and that it enables higher user travel speeds, Altice Labs demonstrated through the simulation of a car crash, the use of 5G communications by relief teams to support their response.

During the rescue, 5G enabled equipment that provided images of the accident site, using a drone, as well as vital information of the victims in real time. Aid effectiveness, as tested in the simulation, allowed the authorities to adapt to each specific case. The demonstration involved the Aveiro City Civil Protection Office, Public Security Police, Aveiro Volunteer Fire Corporation, Baixo Vouga Hospital Center and the Coimbra Military Health Center.

Ericsson set up a 5G end-to-end (E2E) network, and OneSource and PDM & FC were involved. A total of 18 people participated in this simulation.

“This demonstration is yet another embodiment of the advantages of the 5G network in the future, in a territory that will benefit and continue to evolve with this technology,” said Luís Alveirinho, chief technology officer (CTO) for Altice Portugal. “5G is clearly an opportunity for Portugal, an opportunity that Altice will not miss. The intense deployment of fiber optics and the modernization of base stations in recent years across the country puts us in a more comfortable position in the evolution to 5G.”

The city of Aveiro’s STEAM City project aims for the city to become the first fully covered city with 5G by 2020. According to the objectives set by the European Commission, at least one city in each member state will have 5G coverage by 2020 and create an urban platform for technological innovation that supports skills development and new business.

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