SliceNet presented “5G Network Slicing for Mission-critical use cases” at this year’s Network Virtualisation and SDN Europe Conference in Berlin on the 23rd May.

Conference organiser Christopher Silberberg commented on Network Virtualization & SDN Day 2:

A reminder that whilst we may not ourselves save lives, what we enable does. Mark Roddy from the Cork Institute of Technology took us through SliceNet and some exciting Mission Critical (MC) use cases for 5G Network Slicing. Takeaways: We can do this in 4G (as currently trialled) BUT enterprise will invest with 5G with the Quality of Service. For MC we need wide scale coverage and today we do not have that – if we did, MC would invest as TETRA is not able to evolve to the new use cases we can develop with 5G.

The demand for prehospital emergency care has increased in terms of numbers of emergency calls and dispatched ambulances. This is a challenge for both the prehospital emergency systems and the emergency departments at the hospitals.  Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK and prehospital ambulance paramedics are in a unique position to reduce delays in presentation and treatment in acute stroke.

Mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies will bring application intensive processing closer to the data source, thereby reducing latency for real-time applications. Gartner expects a steady increase in the embedding of sensor, storage, compute and advanced artificial intelligent (AI)/machine learning (ML) capabilities in edge devices. Intelligence will move toward the edge in a variety of endpoint devices, from industrial devices to screens to smartphones to automobile power generators.

The Smartly Connected Ambulance Service aims to develop a generalised 5G ambulance telemedicine system that supports MEC-based AI and ML to provide paramedics and hospital clinicians with rapid prehospital in-ambulance diagnostics that will enhance and improve patient outcomes. Through innovative dynamic network slicing, coupled with guaranteed quality of service, the SliceNet project is leading the way in designing a 5G architecture that will support the deployment of mission-critical eMBB services on future next generation public cellular networks.

SliceNet presents at the 2019 Network Virtualisation and SDN Europe Conference