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Portuguese city tests 5G in emergency situations

A simulation exercise in Aveiro by Altice Labs has demonstrated how 5G’s lower latency, higher bandwidth and faster speeds can support emergency workers.

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The exercise in the Portuguese city of Aveiro featured a simulation car crash
The exercise in the Portuguese city of Aveiro featured a simulation car crash

A simulation exercise in the Portuguese city of Aveiro has demonstrated how 5G’s lower latency higher bandwidth and faster speeds can support emergency workers in an incident.

 

This event marks the launch of the 5G experimental network in the city, which is aiming to be fully covered by 5G by 2020.

 

Supporting drone footage

 

The exercise was held by Altice Labs, the innovation arm of telecoms company Altice, in collaboration with Ericsson and featured the simulation of a car crash.

 

The initiative, which included Aveiro City Civil Protection Office, the Public Security Police, two Aveiro Volunteer Fire Corporations, the Baixo Vouga Hospital Centre and the Coimbra Military Health Centre, demonstrated how 5G can support drone footage from accident sites and the delivery of vital information about victims and their condition in real-time.

 

 

Alcino Lavrador, managing director of Altice Labs, said: “Technology has no meaning if it is not for improving people’s lives.”

 

“We want to demystify 5G and [there is no better way] than through these hands-on demonstrations. We want to serve as a platform for these technologies to be used by people,” he said.

“Technology has no meaning if it is not for improving people’s lives”

Luís Alveirinho, chief technology officer (CTO) for Altice Portugal, added: “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.

 

“5G is clearly an opportunity for Portugal, an opportunity that Altice will not miss. The intense deployment of fibre optics and the modernisation of base stations in recent years across the country puts us in a more comfortable position in the evolution to 5G.”

 

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The exercise made use of an experimental 5G network
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