Creating a 5G world-first

Enhanced video compression and data transfer capabilities over 5G URLLC

With funding from Innovate UK, we’re working with Kingston University to develop and deploy a world-first.

The tech will take advantage of the low latency, ultra reliable connectivity (also known as URLLC) 5G offers, meaning it will enable some seriously powerful IoT applications—particularly within critical emergency services where every second counts:

5G URLLC for healthcare and ambulances

5G URLLC in healthcare

With reliable, low latency connectivity, Ambulance operators will be able to accurately triage patients over video streams while en route to A&E, enabling speedier response times that cut costs, and most importantly, save lives.
5G URLLC for police forces

5G URLLC in policing

Meanwhile, body-worn cameras used in police forces will benefit from high quality, always-on video streaming to enhance crime scene assessment and save hundreds of hours spent on arduous paperwork.
5G URLLC for fire services

5G URLLC in fire services

And finally, latency-free video and instant sensor feedback can give fire units more control of emergency situations—whether that’s through critical live on-scene video footage or monitoring the vital signs and location of fire fighters.

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5G URLLC for on-the-move ambulances

What is 5G URLLC?

URLLC stands for ultra reliable low latency communication.

It’s one of the three game-changing use cases 5G is set to support, alongside enhanced mobile broadband and massive machine type communication.

Applications that’ll take advantage of URLLC will depend on 5G’s ability to transmit large amounts of data with delays of less than 1ms, making it perfect for situations where even a millisecond delay could be disastrous, like autonomous vehicles or remote surgeries.

Here’s why URLLC makes all the difference in our 5G project:


While 4G networks are certainly fast, they don’t have perfect coverage (check out our coverage checker of all four major UK networks to see for yourself!).

And in an ambulance that’s looking to stream video back to the hospital, passing through blackspots—or even just moving at high speed—could interrupt vital information and communication streams.

Ambulances using 5G URLLC for video compression in a city
Ambulances using 5G URLLC for video compression in a rural area
5G’s beamforming capabilities mean it can focus transmissions and overcome interference easily—wherever the ambulance goes, and however fast it’s moving—making it the perfect choice for the reliable connectivity on-the-move video triage needs.

Low latency

In ambulances, any delays in video streams or communication could lead to critical information being missed, incorrectly interpreted, or care decisions arriving seconds too late.
Ambulances using 5G URLLC for video compression on the move
Ambulances using 5G URLLC for video compression and triage back to a hospital
When it comes to life-threatening situations where seconds can make all the difference, up to the millisecond data transmission can literally save lives.

5G promises 1ms of latency, which is 10 times less than that of 4G—meaning transmissions are close to instant.

The man behind the scenes



Dr. Arslan Usman

Having completed his PhD in IT Convergence Engineering in South Korea, Dr Arslan Usman is credited with over 40 academic publications within the wireless communications field, with a big focus on 5G wireless networks.

Liaising with both Kingston University’s research body and our London team, he’s conducting the in-depth research for our 5G Project, which we’ll use to establish a business case for roll out to our partners.

Learn more about Arslan here.

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