Learning from Liverpool’s deployment of 5G networks

In a move to more effectively deploy 5G across the city area, Liverpool has recently created a simulated version of one it’s neighbourhoods to accurately map the best locations for internet of things (IoT) technology.

The Kensington neighbourhood has been digitally rendered to assist project leaders with the plotting of mesh networks mounted on street furniture, to provide affordable multi-gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity. Using a simulation has many benefits, such as allowing project teams to observe the networks in action and respond to any problems at the development stage, before it is deployed. The overall goal is to find a more cost-effective way to roll out 5G technology at scale.

The project uses AI, sensors, virtual reality, robotics and IoT, forming 11 trials across Liverpool where areas have un-reliable broadband. The trials include augmented reality technology that aim to combat social isolation, a device that connects vulnerable people at home to pharmacies via video link, and passive IoT sensors that monitor falls in dehydration for older adults.

At the head of the test bed is the Liverpool 5G Consortium, that earlier this year received £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) 5G Testbeds and Trials programme to help deliver the government’s 5G strategy. The consortium consists of Liver Liverpool City Council, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT), Liverpool University, and Liverpool John Moores University, and many private sector supporters. To find out more, click here.

If you would like to know more about the deployment of IoT and 5G across your area, you can visit the Public Sector Solutions Show on 20th November at Manchester Central, where we will be discussing the key to delivering digital connectivity. To register please click here.