This uses artificial intelligence and gaming technology to support the project’s health, social care and education remit, all of which have been crucial during lockdown.
Jon Wetherall, Managing Director of CGA, explains: “The tool creates a 3D digital copy of the network build area using local data from Ordnance Survey, local authority mapping, and the Office of National Statistics, to accurately access where houses, roads, lamp posts and street furniture are located - replicating these in a visual display. Using the planning tool, we can analyse how a 5G connection penetrates through walls, and where 5G nodes should be placed to navigate around obstructions like trees.”
Liverpool 5G’s technology lead, Andrew Miles, says this process saves time and money for planning teams: “The tool maps where on lamp posts, the side of buildings, or street furniture the 5G nodes should be placed to communicate effectively via ‘line of sight’.
“This reduces planning time as the hard work can be done online rather than by foot. It is a cost-effective, efficient and easy-to-use alternative for teams on a tight budget. The planning tool can also generate a ‘kit pack’ for planning teams, which lays out the exact technical parts a team needs to erect the working 5G network. They know exactly which parts to order and when.”