Snapshot: 5G Landscape for Public Safety Technology
This year 5G rollout began across more than 15 larger cities and is expected to continue to expand rapidly through 2020. 5G promises faster data transfer speeds and low latency, opening up new possibilities for public safety technology and allowing for a better user experience for data intensive equipment such as body worn cameras.
The FCC anticipates that the adoption of 5G technology will “facilitate the demand for scalability, the ability to develop new functions easily, faster time-to-market, and use of off-the-shelf technology.” One critical advantages allowing for faster development of functionality and time-to-market is 5G’s network slicing capabilities. These capabilities will allow for greater network flexibility, dynamically balancing network bandwidth based on need and user-determined priority. A range of analytics and data, from usage to battery capabilities, will assist network operators in determining how they prioritize usage.
As 5G usage increases within the public safety sphere, we expect to not only see a rise in cloud based systems and connected devices, but also the expansion of network services to ensure network architecture keeps up with 5G capabilities.