Ericsson collaborator claims 5G public safety first

Taiwanese comms provider Far EasTone Telecom has developed the world’s first 5G smart police patrol car solution, according to its partner Ericsson.

The company has done this by leveraging the latter’s “end-to-end 5G network slicing technology, including 5G Core and RAN slicing, utilising dynamic radio resource partitioning in a live 5G standalone network.” Ericsson believes that the development proves advanced 5G’s capability to enable “mission critical applications for the public sector.”

Discussing the patrol car solution itself, a spokesperson said: “It is an innovative application, created for the Kaohsiung City Police Department, to support license plate recognition. With the application, patrol cars equipped with high-resolution photography devices use AI image analysis to identify vehicles that have been reported stolen.

“The data from moving patrol cars can be transmitted in real-time, allowing for the immediate recognition of these license plates being sighted by the device. The police then can take actions based on the information provided.”

President of Far EasTone Telecommunications, Chee Ching, said: “The 5G smart patrol car is made possible by our continuous investment in big data, AI and IoT, combining with Ericsson’s top-notch 5G technology and the great support from Kaohsiung City Police Department. In collaboration with both public and private sectors, we will continuously explore various scenarios with 5G to enhance the efficiency of urban governance.”

David Chou, president of Ericsson Taiwan, said: “Network slicing enables communications service providers to offer innovative services to enter new markets. By creating and operating end-to-end logical networks on top of a shared infrastructure, it can provide tailored services with different requirements on speed, latency and reliability for various use cases.”

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