With a wide variety of connected devices gathering and sharing information in real time, 5G can provide a variety of possibilities. From reducing road and traffic accidents, monitoring site safety, guiding autonomous vehicles or production lines that can automatically adjust processes – with 5G, the opportunities are infinite.
The Midlands Engine Connected Map creates a solution that will enable the region to become #5GNetworkReady.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) is a multi-million-pound programme set-up in 2019 by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to establish and accelerate the benefits of 5G and develop the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed.
West Midlands 5G has been working to facilitate better and more collaborative relationships between Local Authorities (LAs) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in relation to the Government’s 2019 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines.
West Midlands 5G has been working with Local Authorities (LAs) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to facilitate new Code agreements and encourage sustained, collaborative relationships.
Together with Mobile Network Operators and all seven local authorities within the West Midlands, the Infrastructure Acceleration team has already helped the region’s towns and cities accelerate access to 5G, working closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) seven constituent local authorities in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) joined forces with leading healthcare organisations, NHS Arden and GEM CSU, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and CorporateHealth International on an innovative pilot scheme to deliver a colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) at home under medical guidance.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) has collaborated with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust (UHB) and technology partner BT to showcase how 5G can transform paramedic services in a Connected Ambulance.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) partnered with telemedicine company, Tekihealth to explore how 5G can support the provision of GP care in care homes via the use of connected diagnostics tools.
WM5G’s Health and Care Team worked with the local teams to carry out a focused review to understand the ‘current state’ of service delivery and what will be needed to progress to that ‘future state’.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) successfully accelerated the deployment of 5G connectivity in Wolverhampton by more than six months.
The West Midlands is the first region to produce and test a Connected Map, driving a solution that will enable us to become #5GNetworkReady
Staying connected has become a defining feature of the modern economy and a significant trend of the 21st century. 5G networks are critical to driving economic recovery and will prove fundamental to fulfilling the potential of digital connectivity, as we live in an ‘always on’ more connected world.