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Smart Urban

“From clever technology on platforms to prevent icy surfaces and new ‘seat-switching’ apps to improved 5G wi-fi connections, harnessing innovation will be crucial to modernising the network and making our railways greener and cleaner, as we build beyond coronavirus and look to the future.” - Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport

Smarter cities, better living

As we rethink and redefine the role of cities in light of the covid-19 crisis, creating smarter urban environments should be a priority. 5G will be a key enabler of smarter cities, greatly improving quality of life for the four-fifths of the UK’s population that lives in urban areas. 5G delivers the tailored connectivity needed for smarter mobility, utilities, and construction, all of which will be integral to our ability to recover and rebuild greener.

Use case Environmental benefit from 5G connectivity

Social benefit from 5G connectivity

Smart Urban Construction Fuel efficiency/reduced carbon emissions

Safety-related benefits, e.g. reduction in accidents

Reduced driving times/ wellbeing

  Urban hotspots including public transport

Improved public transport operations

Smart buildings/ support for green building initiatives

Improved city living experience

Better access to information and media whilst travelling

  Stadiums Support for green initiatives in stadiums Better enjoyment/ experience
  Smart automotive

Better energy use/less waste

Support for green construction policies, e.g. remote management of machines

Increased safety of automobiles

Social and environmental implications of 5G-enabled smart urban (Source: Analysys Mason)

How 5G enables smart cities

The benefits from 5G-enabled smart cities range from smarter, safer and more sustainable mobility - including autonomous driving and smart public transport - through to safer and greener construction and buildings.

5G provides the ultra-reliable low latency connectivity needed for the effective operation of connected and autonomous vehicles and also enables the development of innovative public transport and traffic management solutions designed to reduce congestion and pollution and improve safety. Smarter mobility will be key to achieving the UK’s goal of reaching net zero transport emissions by 2050.

Case Study - Ericsson, Einride and Telia power sustainable, self-driving trucks with 5G

5G also has the potential to be a game changer for buildings and construction. Smart buildings will bring greater convenience and comfort to residents while substantially decreasing energy usage, supporting the government’s plans for a green upgrade of England’s buildings. On construction sites, 5G connectivity can improve safety by underpinning the remote monitoring and control of both driver-operated and autonomous construction vehicles and drones.

Analysys Mason estimates that 5G will generate £4.1 billion in net economic benefits by enabling “smart urban”. The study estimates the costs of deploying the additional 5G infrastructure needed to enable these new use cases, including smart construction and smart automotive, and compares this to the expected economic benefits.