How 5G Can Reshape Public Safety
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How 5G Can Reshape Public Safety

Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

As advanced wireless technologies impact how public safety agencies operate, 5G will facilitate the tools and applications developed and enhance how they are used to maintain and improve public safety.

FREMONT, CA: In the next few years, it is expected that mobile 5G wireless networks will be implemented in metro regions. When integrated with multi-access edge computing, they will aid public safety agencies in a variety of ways. Some of them are real-time video surveillance analytics, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, traffic control, and other public safety activities.

Public safety agencies will be able to achieve more standards quality of service for specific applications, such as voice conversations, video feeds, and data from the Internet of Things sensors, due to the 5G network. 5G network will allow first responders to prioritize certain use cases within those application categories, such as data available from sensors on firefighters' gear.

Revolutionary New 5G Public Safety Applications

5G will offer entirely new abilities based on 5G New Radio (NR), in addition to enhancing connection for existing LPWA and other 4G applications. 5G NR can deliver data rates several times faster than a typical cable or fiber internet connection since it uses a distinct part of the wireless spectrum called mmWave.

mmWave with a new 5G Core Network allow genuinely revolutionary features, such as ultra-high dependability, very low latency, and very quick handoffs, supporting new forms of fixed and mobile public safety 5G IoT applications related to:

Access to information – 

5 G capabilities will enhance first responders' capability to get vital information. First responders will have access to more information before they arrive on the spot and during their reaction, from streaming data gathered from smart city sensors to quick access to patient data as patients are taken to the ER.

Autonomous vehicles, beyond-line-of-site drones, and robots – 

5G will improve the command and control of beyond-line-of-sight drones and other unmanned vehicles, enabling emergency responders to react faster and obtain a greater understanding of the situation.

Real-time video – 

The potential of 5G to transfer large amounts of data in real-time will aid the development of new in-car and body-worn camera systems that offers real-time situational awareness to command staff, responding officers, and other field units. Public safety experts will provide more informed support and make better decisions in an emergency with more eyes available to observe a constantly evolving scenario.

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