• Autonomous drone surveillance

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  • The challenge

    Determining the right level of response for an emerging situation

Before they send first responders into potentially dangerous or uncertain situations, they need frontline insights as incidents unfold.

However, getting a comprehensive view of a situation and dispatching resources quickly can be challenging.

Public safety agencies need to know how severe an incident is to know what level of response it requires.

  • Future use case; not all technology currently available.
  • Autonomous drones can quickly capture video of an unfolding incident.

    By powering drones with 5G, public safety agencies could safely monitor large crowds in near real time and respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately.

  • 5G opportunities

    Increase awareness with 5G-enabled autonomous drone surveillance.

Autonomous drones could allow public safety agencies to monitor impending situations with less risk.

5G will eventually have the bandwidth to stream high-definition video from numerous drones.

When autonomous drones are dispatched to emerging incidents, the low latency of 5G could help reduce transmission delays and support near real-time video feeds.

Incorporating 5G-powered drones into routine public safety operations could support more effective use of first responders’ time and resources.

How it works

Improving mission effectiveness with 5G-enabled drones

      • When large crowds are gathered together, public safety agencies need to monitor what’s happening so they can get people help when needed.

      • 5G-connected drones could capture video that allows applications using computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to identify all sorts of emergency situations that can occur in a large crowd.

      • When the AI application recognizes a problem, an alert could be sent to the proper agency, allowing them to respond immediately.

      • The drones could provide video and information based on crowd congestion or other obstacles to help first responders reroute for faster response.

      • 5G-connected drones could operate autonomously, requiring less staff to control drones and monitor video feeds.

      • Deploying 5G-connected autonomous drones for surveillance could help public safety agencies get a clearer view of exactly what’s happening on the ground at any given moment.

5G built right

Our 5G Ultra Wideband network is built right to enable transformative possibilities for public safety. 5G Ultra Wideband could help support the deployment of autonomous drones to help monitor crowds and keep first responders informed.

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    • Achieving 5G Ultra Wideband’s extraordinary speeds requires a massive fiber infrastructure
    • Verizon has made significant investments in fiber densification in major cities around the nation

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  • Millimeter-wave spectrum


    • Verizon has critical spectrum holdings that include millimeter-wave and C-Band spectrum
    • Millimeter-wave spectrum supports 5G Ultra Wideband’s transformative performance and C-band will enable performance and expanded coverage

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  • Small-cell deployment

    Small-cell deployment

    • Verizon has spent years densifying its 4G LTE network, and its 5G network leverages the same densification
    • Verizon has relationships in place with large and small municipalities, enabling its small-cell deployment

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  • Edge computing

    Edge computing

    • Verizon has network locations that are ideally suited for housing edge-computing resources
    • MEC could deliver access to the tools, power and locations to deploy at scale

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    • This is 5G built right, from the network agencies rely on.

    • 5G Nationwide available in 2,700+ cities on most Verizon 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities.
      Verizon 5G access requires a 5G-capable device.  5G UWB access requires a 5G-capable device with select voice/data and 5G UWB plans.

    • Future use case; not all technology currently available.

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