China Mobile, Ericsson to monitor natural disasters with 5G

Ericsson is teaming-up with China Mobile Zhejiang and other partners to deploy 5G technology in public-safety-focused natural disaster management in China

Ericsson and China Mobile Zhejiang have partnered to deploy 5G to oversee public-safety-focused natural disaster management in China.

This deployment follows the successful trial of a 5G mission-critical partnership solution, which is called the 5G Full-Closed-Loop system for Integrated Natural Disaster Management, in ten cities across the Lishui region in China.

The 5G solution will cover early-warning analysis, natural disaster monitoring, command and dispatch, and post-disaster assessment. The solution has now been included in China’s Ministry of Science and Technology’s Monitoring, Early Warning and Prevention of Major Natural Disasters demonstration projects. As a result, the partners expect nationwide deployment to get underway in the coming weeks.

Bringing 5G benefits to natural disaster solutions

The solution was developed and launched by the Lishui Branch of China Mobile Zhejiang Company and Ericsson along with several industry ecosystem partners under the leadership of Lishui Municipal Emergency Management Bureau.

Ericsson and China Mobile provided key insights and support for the development and validation of core applications by combining respective emergency communication practices, digital twin use cases, and network slicing technologies while jointly building 5G network connectivity.

The project was listed in the recent 5G in Verticals in China 2022 report published by the GSMA.

The solution combines the coverage, high bandwidth, low latency, and reliability benefits of advanced 5G network connectivity, edge computing, digital twins and 5G private network slicing. According to the two companies it incorporates:

  • Integrated 5G sky-land monitoring network: Solving challenges in data integration and sharing, deployment, coverage, and construction and operational costs by ensuring rapid network deployment
  • Intelligent 5G multi-hazard early-warning model based: Accelerating data processing and improves accuracy for rapid data transmission, consolidated processing, and precise multi-hazard identification
  • Decision-making assistant based on digital map models: A 3D model of disaster sites built by utilising 5G drones. Dynamic renditions of disasters duplicate and analyse impact range and create emergency evacuation routes
  • Portable 5G sites and communication vehicles for on-site communication: Vehicles provide 5G network coverage across disaster relief sites – with portable 5G antenna-integrated radios weighing less than 10 KG as well as satellite and microwave equipment
  • Simulated model assessment based on remote-sensing imagery: Evaluates disaster scale, physical damage and direct economic loss through the combined results from on-site surveillance results and the simulated assessment model.
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