• Zeetta Networks has delivered their network control and management technology onto the Bristol and Bath 5G Testbed infrastructure, with primary testing on 31st October and 1st November.
  • NetOS® delivers prioritisation of critical data flows and the dynamic reallocation of resources in response to the extension of the network, alongside managing mmWave backhaul communications, a pioneering technology controlled by the versatile platform.
  • This is one of the key use cases being delivered by the West of England Combined Authority’s 5G Smart Tourism project, which is funded by the UK Government through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Zeetta Networks delivered their network control and management technology onto the Bristol and Bath 5G Testbed infrastructure, which will save lives in smart cities as part of their technological contributions to the 5G Smart Tourism project. Primary testing was carried out on 31st October and 1st November.

This is one key milestone in a collaborative consortium of over 20 companies forming the 5G Smart Tourism project. Led by the West of England Combined Authority and funded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the project will see the development of a testbed to demonstrate 5G capability, establishing the West of England as a world-leader in the development of advanced fixed and mobile communication systems. The 5G Smart Tourism project will be further tested and delivered in a variety of locations in the South West including the Roman Baths, Bath, and M Shed, Bristol.

Zeetta Networks’ NetOS® technology enables slicing of the 5G network to prioritise key user groups, such as the emergency services, based on external triggers such as the image analysis software provided by Bristol City Council. Controlling and managing the sensors across the city as a separate network slice, through NetOS®, improves security and flexibility of how sensor data are visualised, monitored and used by the authorities and citizens alike.

This is achieved by the prioritisation of critical data flows and the dynamic reallocation of network resources as required by the changing operating conditions. The prioritisation policies extend across the network and cover not only the wireless access network but also the mmWave backhaul communications and the core optical network all the way back to the Operations Centre for an end-to-end management of the service.

Vassilis Seferidis, CEO of Zeetta Networks, shares: “In a smart city environment, a more agile, responsive communications network such as that enabled by NetOS® can help to enhance the response times and life-saving effectiveness of the emergency services, by providing them with much faster communication links to enable exchange of rich and detailed data between the first responders and their operations centre. We’re proud to contribute our expertise and our 5G network slicing and orchestration platform, NetOS®, to the 5G Smart Tourism project for the improvement of everyone’s life.”

Simulating the response to an incident in a crowded environment, Zeetta Networks has deployed a “pop-up” 5G network extension that shows how NetOS® technology can prioritise high definition CCTV cameras and cutting edge image analysis software to alert civil authorities of potentially life threatening incidents. Advanced sensor equipment operated by Bristol City Council will create a ‘virtual barrier’ around Bristol Harbour and NetOS® ensures that high levels of data analysed at speed to enable a quick response to the situation.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, comments: “The West of England has a vibrant economy, a collaborative and creative culture, and we are home to the largest cluster of digital expertise outside London.

“The 5G Smart Tourism project will allow us to trial some exciting technology at our top tourist attractions, whilst looking at wider and longer-term benefits for our region. It is a fantastic showcase for our innovative spirit, with world class experts using technology that isn’t available publicly yet, to explore, refine and better understand the capabilities and opportunities presented by 5G when it becomes readily available.

“This new technology could hold the key to a more advanced, sustainable and smart future which could revolutionise our economy and the way we all live, travel and work.”

Throughout the continued delivery of the 5G Smart Tourism project, other members of the consortium will deliver key milestones to contribute to an advancement in 5G technology and 5G engagement.