5G NR Expected to Find Public-Safety Applications Including Video
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | Comments

A new research report indicates that in the coming years, 5G new radio (NR) networks will be used extensively for a host of public-safety broadband applications that require faster data rates, lower latencies, improved reliability and higher device densities. The mission-critical applications range from video surveillance and analytics to the operation of drones, robots and vehicles to augmented, virtual and mixed reality.

Although a number of public safety-related 5G capabilities are yet to be standardized in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 17 specifications, public-safety agencies are experimenting with 5G NR connectivity. New Zealand Police are using mobile operator Vodafone's 5G NR network to share real-time ultra high definition (UHD) video feeds from cellular-equipped drones and police cruisers with officers on the ground and command posts.

Other practical examples include the following:
• The Shenzhen and other local police forces in China are beginning to rely on 5G-powered augmented reality (AR) glasses, smart helmets, drones and patrol robots to support public-safety operations.
• The Maebashi City Fire Department in Japan has been trialing 5G connectivity to improve mission-critical communications for emergency response and rescue services.
• The Singapore Police Force has deployed cellular-equipped autonomous robots to complement the work of frontline police officers.
• In Spain, the government of Catalonia is rolling out 5G-connected ambulances that can support data transmission rates of up to 5 Gigabits per second (Gbps).
• The Cosumnes (California) Fire Department integrated Qwake Technologies' 5G-ready augmented reality (AR) system into its firefighting helmets to enable firefighters to see in zero-visibility, hazardous environments.
Rollouts of localized 5G NR systems for incident scene management and related use cases are expected, potentially using up to 50 megahertz of band n79 spectrum in the 4.9 GHz frequency range, which has been designated for public-safety use in countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Qatar. In the longer term, these systems may be leveraged as a progression path from LTE to 5G-based public-safety broadband networks on a wider scale, if suitable standards and equipment are established.

These findings are part of SNS Telecom & IT's latest research report on public-safety broadband. The “Public Safety LTE & 5G Market: 2020 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the public safety LTE/5G market.

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