COMMUNICATIONS: How 5G Can Power Public Safety Communications
Investing in public safety communications is a balancing act. Communities need to equip themselves not only to handle emergencies, but to prevent them. Both efforts require strategic coordination, situational awareness and intelligent deployment of resources.
Improving Public Safety Communications
Preparing For The Worst
For starters, robust 5G Ultra Wideband allows citizens in need to be connected during times of crisis. And as 5G helps make some of today’s most promising technologies more viable, first responders should be able to use computer vision and augmented reality training tools to simulate emergency events that are otherwise difficult to recreate, from five-alarm fires to multi-car accidents, allowing them to perform more confidently when every second counts. “First responders should have the absolute best,” says Toby Redshaw, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions at Verizon. “That means the most effective technologies available as they protect our communities and respond to emergencies large and small.” 5G could also increase environmental awareness via intelligent video and AI-assisted analysis. The ability to deploy more cameras in tighter spaces—and to focus on vital information in near-real time—has the potential to significantly alter the public safety apparatus, from finding lost children to deterring lawbreakers.