How 5G can accelerate the smart city growth

The full potential of smart cities will be unlocked by 5G networks. Communities that support 5G wireless technology will see significant economic and social benefits.


The key attributes of 5G that will benefit Smart Cities include higher speeds; more connections – thus enabling wireless connectivity in unprecedented locations, ranging from street lights to sewer holes; quicker, more adaptive response times that support time-sensitive applications, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communications; and ultra-low-power connections, such as sensors for leak detection in water mains, since, in many cases, the replacement cycle is directly related to battery life.

We have picked three areas – energy/utilities, transportation, and public safety – to showcase what is possible when municipalities welcome next-generation wireless technology.


Energy & Utilities

5G vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) could allow lead cars to communicate hazards to following cars, increasing reaction time and safely allowing car convoys.



Thanks to 5G’s ultra-fast speeds, cars will be able to “convoy” or “platoon” in groups,11 increasing road vehicle capacity, while providing substantial energy savings for vehicle owners. And if autonomous cars are supported by Smart Traffic Management systems, congestion could decrease and deliver additional productivity and quality-of-life improvements to residents.

With real-time information available about empty on-street parking spaces, vehicles will no longer need to circle the block, but instead go directly to an open space, identified as such by a low-cost 5G sensor on a street lamp.


Public Safety

Real-time monitoring of gunshots provides police and first reponders with exact location, speeding up response time.

Source: Accenture Strategy

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