West Midlands 5G (WM5G) partnered with smart sensor provider Vivacity Labs, to validate the application and use of 5G-enabled smart sensors to accurately identify and classify road usage in real-time.

Two roads near Solihull (Lode Lane and Damson Lane) that regularly receive high volumes of traffic were identified for the trial. Lamp posts were equipped with Vivacity smart sensors powered by 4G and 5G connectivity to compare the capability of each network generation.

By utilising 5G connectivity, the trial was able to provide a proof of concept for successfully collecting and transmitting highly granular – yet fully anonymised – information on all road users and vehicle types.

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