In an emergency, information is key. Not just any information, but the right information at the right time in the hands of the right people can help save lives. No one knows this more than the first responders and public safety professionals working on the front lines to keep our communities safe. The challenge, of course, is that emergencies can often be chaotic, even for professionals, and ensuring insightful information reaches the correct person promptly can seem near impossible.
5G, however, can play a key role in helping first responders in the field access secure, insightful, real-time data. And as the world becomes more mobile, 5G technology can transform how public safety professionals meet the needs of their mission, according to John Harris, Executive Director of Federal at Verizon.
“As we've seen over the last year, a year and a half, so many solutions in [the public safety] segment have moved to the edge,” he said, speaking at Nextgov’s recent 5G Futures event. “And so many more things have to be done now in a mobile environment, as opposed to say, a fixed environment. So, when we think about 5G, it naturally has some really, really great capabilities to bring massive amounts of data to the edge.”
What does more data and lower latency at the edge mean for public safety agencies? Harris offered four ways 5G can revolutionize public safety. Here’s what he had to say.