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5G RuralDorset - introducing project partner Excelerate

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  • Published on 28 Sep 2020
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5G RuralDorset last week visited communications technology partner Excelerate at its Cardiff HQ to catch up on progress with this exciting Government-funded project.

28 September 2020

This ground-breaking project, led by Dorset Council and part-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, is aimed at understanding how next generation connectivity can help people live better, safer and more prosperous lives in rural communities. It includes work on public safety and emergency response communications, which are both Excelerate specialisms. The company also provides high tech systems integration of data, video and voice via satellite and 4G solutions into most of the Incident Command Vehicles for UK Police, Fire and Ambulance as well as other sectors whilst ensuring optimum connectivity and coverage resilience.

Excelerate Operations Director Bethan Evans took the opportunity to show off the latest in emergency command vehicles, which the company now exports world-wide. Excitingly one of their command vehicles is being supplied to Qatar’s National Ambulance Service as part of the Emergency Preparedness requirements for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Bethan commented: “This week we are showcasing examples of what we provide to our mission critical First Responder customers globally. There’s a two-way benefit to our involvement in the 5G RuralDorset initiative. We bring 19 years of global experience, whereas the work of the project will serve as a catalyst to help us develop newer satellite and 5G connectivity solutions.”

“Our past, present and future innovations will be crucial to the success of the 5G RuralDorset project which is being undertaken in beautiful and sensitive environments and comes with the connectivity challenges you would expect with remote locations.”

Excelerate most recently provided a similar command vehicle to act as an emergency communications hub for the Nightingale Hospital in London. This technical knowledge and experience will play a key part in the public safety aspects of the 5G RuralDorset project.

Dorset Council Deputy Leader Peter Wharf remarked: “5G is coming fast, and it is great to see our partner Excelerate innovating in this space and helping to keep people safe and secure in these trying times. The technology that Excelerate provides will be invaluable to the success of the 5G RuralDorset project in Dorset’s very challenging and sensitive environments.”

 5G Rural Dorset Partners Dave Happy and Gary Littledyke from the 5G RuralDorset team

For further information please contact:

James Pryce, 5G RuralDorset Communications Officer
james.pryce@dorsetcc.gov.uk  |  01305 225064

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