How telcos can make the world a safer place

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With the rollout of 5G, the telecoms industry could coordinate the development of early warning systems to mitigate the impact of pollution, wildfires, floods, infectious diseases and other threats.


Format: PDF filePages: 49 pagesCharts: 13Author: David PringlePublication Date: October 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Managing an unstable world
  • Monitoring air quality
    • Exploiting existing cellular infrastructure
    • Is mobile network data enough?
    • Smart lampposts to play a broad role
    • The economics of connecting environmental sensors
    • Sensors in the sky
  • Natural disasters
    • Spotting wildfires early
    • Earthquake alert systems
    • Crowdsourcing data
    • Infectious diseases
  • On street security
  • Conclusions – the opportunities for telcos
    • Ecosystem coordination – kickstarting the market
    • Devices – finding the right locations
    • Network – reliable, low cost connectivity
    • Data platform
    • Applications
  • Index

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: How cellular connectivity can help to improve public safety
  • Figure 2: Global gains in life expectancy are slowing down
  • Figure 3: Some large countries still don’t systematically monitor air quality
  • Figure 4: BT’s next generation Street Hubs are equipped with pollution sensors
  • Figure 5: FET’s streetlight monitoring service tracks power consumption
  • Figure 6: How a lamppost can be upgraded to support multiple services
  • Figure 7: Singapore’s lamppost-as-a-platform concept
  • Figure 8: Natural disasters are taking an increasing economic toll
  • Figure 9: NetOP’s Forest Capsule can be integrated with various forms of connectivity
  • Figure 10: Breezometer is adding data on wildfires to its air quality app
  • Figure 11: There is a strong correlation between wearables data and Covid-19 cases
  • Figure 12: Connected sensors & cameras used to monitor for accidents or bad driving
  • Figure 13: Telco suitability for specific market roles

Companies: BT, Deutsche Telekom, Dryad Networks, Google, FireWatch, LG Uplus, Magenta Telecom, MEC, SK Telekom, Telefonica, Vodafone

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