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12.16.2019Business Tech

Verizon 5G helps first responders with better situational awareness

By: Chris Ashraf

With Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and a new technology developed by MAGnet Systems, first responders can gain a better understanding of their environment, helping to improve public safety.

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Every day, first responders jump into emergency situations sometimes with only a cursory understanding of the landscape. Not having vital information about their surroundings could potentially endanger their lives and the people they’re trying to help. With Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and a new technology developed by MAGnet Systems, first responders can gain a better understanding of their environment, helping to improve public safety.

 MAGnet is one of the 15 companies chosen to be part of Verizon’s 5G First Responder Lab developed to give innovators access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network to create, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety. MAGnet uses smart sensors, 360 degree cameras and live streaming video to “rebuild” a 3D digital replica of the real world essentially in real time within a “video sphere.” This allows users to select the area they want to monitor and immerse themselves into that video sphere. The 360 camera also streams real-time video that’s overlaid with 3D maps allowing users to click on any object within the video and get geographic coordinates plus track objects in 360 degrees over the camera’s AI framework.

5G’s high bandwidth and low latency are critical to send data-heavy 360 degree, high-definition video in near real-time with multiple video streams. It’s also essential for real-time AI recognition and tracking.

“With 5G, we can stream full 4K video and do much better analytics so we can recognize, categorize and classify objects ranging from cars to people to firearms,” said MAGnet’s CEO Evangelos Foutzitzis. “Over 5G, we’ll be able to identify objects with better clarity and at longer ranges.”

Click here to learn more about Verizon’s 5G Labs.

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About the author(s): 

Chris Ashraf is an external communications manager at Verizon writing about 5G and network solutions.

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