Leeds Council roll out 5G pilots for public services

Leeds City Council has announced that it is laying the groundwork to conduct 5G pilots, which will also include trials to test how mobile network technology can help offer the city’s residents new public services.

Chief Executive Tom Riordan said that Leeds City Council has already hosted an event to let potential partners know about the council’s plan.

The council’s strategy document says that it intends to work with members of the GSMA Association of Mobile Operators to figure out how to use digital and telecommunications technology to further its smart city strategy. For this to happen, infrastructure needs to be available to investors who want to test out new technologies and launch data projects. These investors will work with both the public and private sectors.

The council said that it would set up standards for systems and protocols. Also, Leeds would adopt an open-data policy involving the use of its buildings and street furniture to install the necessary infrastructure.

Leeds City Council added that it is delving into collaborating with mobile telecommunications companies to provide the city with aggregated network connections.

Initially, the project’s aims would be to check the quality of air, get in touch with virtual health and care professionals and develop a template to plan the journey from start to finish. With 5G use available for public services, people would able to access digital health and care information in languages that they understand, as the technology would ensure real-time translation.

Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer for Leeds City Council, said that pilot scheme is among many that local councils are undertaking to help the DCMS get an inkling of the issues that are involved to ensure better public service.

Mr Roberts pointed out that the potential of 5G is immense; for instance, it would deliver data continuously to autonomous vehicles and allow patients to enjoy video consultations with healthcare professionals.

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