just launched: a 5G router for vehicles which significantly improves emergency response
Emergency services can fit the router to their vehicles for the reliable and secure connectivity that first responders need
- Sierra Wireless has launched a 5G router for vehicles which significantly improves emergency response
- The AirLink MG90 world’s first multi-network 5G router for vehicles from the IoT solutions provider
- Emergency services can fit the router to their vehicles for the reliable and secure connectivity that first responders need
As 5G towers go up around the world, many industries are preparing for the impacts of better connectivity and larger bandwidths. Connected mobility systems, like connected cars and ride-sharing apps, stand to benefit significantly from 5G automotive technology, as these systems rely on constant and consistent flows of data between cars, sensors, and people.
As more car manufacturers adopt 5G technologies, the benefits to drivers scale due to network effects. For example, according to a study by McKinsey, even just a 20 percent adoption rate of advanced telematics can tangibly improve road safety. 5G automotive technology is more than just telematic sensors: it includes cellular V2X communications, onboard WiFI, and the foundations for true autonomous driving.
Safer roads are a consistent goal of policymakers, automotive manufacturers, and drivers alike. As such, public safety will always be a guiding principle in the development of these technologies. In this article, we’ll introduce you to one important way 5G technology will materially improve safety.
Improved emergency response thanks to 5G
5G has ample applications to public safety, many of which facilitate the sharing and interoperability of data for improved situational awareness. Applying this technology to the connected mobility space improves safety for all.
The AirLink MG90 by Sierra Wireless, for instance, is not just the first multi-network 5G router for vehicles from the IoT solutions provider—it’s a world first. Emergency services can fit the router to their vehicles for the reliable and secure connectivity that first responders need. Ashley Burrows, ESN Project Manager, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, said:
“Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) uses Sierra Wireless MG90 routers to transform the cab of an emergency vehicle into a remote office, providing us with the ability to have accurate and timely mission-critical data communications remotely available at operational events to mitigate risk to DFRS staff and the communities that we serve.
We’re looking forward to the added speed and functionality that 5G will enable.”
Potential use cases include live video streaming for law enforcement officers to ensure they quickly get support in rapidly-changing situations, or remote triaging for paramedics to ensure patients have the best chance at survival. The router supports multiple networks to ensure it can seamlessly switch from one to the next with little-to-no disruption.
Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Research VP of Smart Cities and Communities – Public Safety at IDC, commented:
“First responders are looking to deploy 5G to take advantage of the performance and low latency it enables for critical applications, such as higher-definition video streaming and securing video evidence from vehicles in real-time.The mission-critical nature of these applications, combined with the multi-network capabilities needed to ensure always-on connectivity means that these agencies need a purpose-built router, like the Sierra Wireless AirLink MG90 5G, to enable secure sub-second switching between different cellular networks.”
A patented cognitive network switching algorithm by Sierra Wireless is used to switch between cellular networks in sub-seconds—guaranteeing the ability to do one or more streams of video at any time. Tom Mueller, VP of Product and Enterprise Networking at Sierra Wireless, said:
“With the AirLink MG90 5G, Sierra Wireless has delivered the first 5G router that’s purpose-built to meet the challenges of moving vehicles, with patented technology to deliver the maximum performance and coverage anytime, anywhere.
The MG90 5G tackles the toughest challenges where 5G matters most.”
The latest device in the MG90 range has the same form factor as previous iterations which makes for a simple migration.
An on-premise management system called AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) provides 5G network troubleshooting along with an overview of things such as coverage and vehicle tracking. More information about the MG90 5G can be found here.