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Dealing with emergencies of the future

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 27, 2014

3 min read

One of the most exciting aspects of Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the ability to see what the future may hold and how technology will improve our lives. The idea of creating a smart city has been something the tech world has been working towards for a while.

A smart city of the future will have intelligent transport systems to enable city infrastructure such as public transport, traffic authorities, emergency services and all cars to talk to each other, making the city work safely and more efficiently.

And we have been working with Ericsson to bring parts of this vision to life.

Life in the fast LANES

LANES technology map

Here at MWC we have the ‘Coordination Centre of the Future’ on display. This future looking concept uses what we call LANES technology, which at it’s simplest level allows us to manage lanes of heavy network traffic, like you would manage road traffic, to provide dedicated telecommunications access to emergency services during a large scale incident.

By providing dedicated access to the network for emergency services, we are looking to ensure that critical information could be shared in real time with and between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field. We also see the potential to use this type of ‘Coordination Centre of the Future’ to easily aggregate additional information from social media, service providers, weather services, and related areas to assist decision makers.

This concept shows that it is possible for all of this to be achieved while still managing the telecommunications needs of the general public.

What a smart city could look like

Keeping people connected in the smart cities of the future

The video below provides an overview of what this might look like in the future; however we have also been able to see this in action at a trial at the Woodford Festival in Queensland over the recent New Year period. While this wasn’t an emergency situation, we provided local Woodford police with access to the technology so they could easily communicate during the three day event where under normal circumstances the very large influx of visitors might cause periods of network stress .

What we saw from this trial was that we could effectively support a dedicated lane of telecommunications services to the Police while still providing our customers with a great mobile experience.

What is left is for us to develop the related industry interest in this technology that would support the development to scale and develop the related products to make the ‘Coordination Centre of the Future’ a not so distant reality.

WATCH: The Coordination Centre of the Future