Docomo, Sumitomo Electric test 5G real-time traffic monitoring

2017-11-13 13:59:01 | Source:TeleGeography

Sumitomo Electric Industries and Japanese operator NTT Docomo have been jointly testing the real-time collection and delivery of traffic information using HD sensors connected via 5G mobile communications system for advanced driving support, reports Telecompaper on November 10, 2017. The system networks sensors that have been mounted on vehicles and installed along roadsides or in buildings are designed to collect traffic information that is analyzed in real time and then fed back to drivers and pedestrians.
This test is being conducted at a course within the Yokohama Works of Sumitomo Electric. Sensors have been installed along the course and in vehicles. The vehicles are also equipped with Docomo 5G terminals that communicate with Docomo 5G base stations at the course.
The 5G network enables the system to collect and analyze HD data on traveling vehicles and their surrounding environments, such as pedestrians and road conditions. The data is collected with high-definition cameras, LiDAR sensors that use laser light to measure the distances and positions of targets and millimeter-wave sensors that use radio waves to measure distances and positions.
Sumitomo Electric is researching and developing sensors and other equipment for the collection of traffic data from vehicles and pedestrians as well as for vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-network communications. Docomo is researching and developing technologies to connect vehicles and everything via wireless systems, including existing LTE and coming 5G technologies. Docomo’s envisioned 5G communications system is designed to enable sensors to collect, analyze and provide detailed traffic information in real time to drivers anytime, anywhere.

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