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5G Realised - day 2

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 12 Apr 2019
  • Last modified 12 Apr 2019
The Congress Centre welcomed delegates back for a day of talks fuelled by health & social care, industry 4.0, smart tourism and gaming.

Hans Koolen, Head of Transformation & Innovation for Royal Philips kicked the days proceedings off with his presentation ‘Enabling Better Outcomes Across the Health Continuum with 5G.’ Pictured below: Hans captured on Twitter by ImmersiveRehab

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Hans vision for connected healthcare was simple; any place, anytime, anywhere. The vision is based around 3 key pillars:

  • Timely involvement of the best medical experts
  • 24/7 access from anywhere to artificial medical intelligence in the cloud
  • Optimal connected care which is cost effective, involving the best outcome with the least amount of effort

And across 4 main applications:

  • Within the care facilities via an on-premise 5G network
  • Between care facilities so ensuring optimal care coordination
  • Home and mobile involving direct-to-cloud wearables and implants
  • Emergency care, providing logistics and intervention

The overarching message was 5G would help them streamline and powerup their preventative measures.

Next to the stage was Carl Arntzen, CEO of Bosch and Mark Stansfeld, Chairman, giffgaff and Chair of the Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership; 2 key players in the 5G Worcestershire Consortium.  Mark pictured below: from Emma Ashdown, Vodafone, Twitter

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They discussed ‘Innovating with 5G in the Manufacturing Sector’ drawing on use cases from the factory testbed and trial. Mark explained that by moving from “dumb” time-based maintenance schedules to 24/7 real time monitoring, operatives can better spot trends or hiccups in production. This equates to smarter, remote maintenance and improved productivity gains.

Having spoken with Bosch, QinetiQ and Worcestershire County Council at the event, there was an increased feeling of optimism about the project and the not-yet-reported 1% productivity gains.

The third, and hotly anticipated presentation was the DCMS moderated panel: Stimulating 5G in the UK. Pictured below (thanks to Sophie Weston (techUK) for the pic): Tony Sceales, Sector Coordination Lead - 5G Programme, DCMS, James Heath, Director of Digital Infrastructure, DCMS, Robert Driver, UK5G Lead, Dritan Kaleshi, Head of Technology, 5G, Digital Catapult & Robert Franks, Interim Managing Director, West Midlands 5G

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James Heath stated 5G can be an important enabler for UK productivity and growth. The real value is likely to come from adoption in industry, so it needs to be more than simply an enhanced mobile broadband consumer based offer.  5G has the capability to digitally transform sectors.  He echoed a comment from Howard Watson (BT) who spoke on Day 1, that there is a need for National and Local Government coordination to unlock the significant social and economic potential of 5G. Without this cross-sector stakeholder collaboration and coordination, 5G won’t be realised.

Bob Driver agreed that collaboration was absolutely key, and that it was challenge for the technology supply-side to really understand the needs of different and complex industry sectors.  Language was a barrier!  Jargon busting was necessary. UK5G could help.

Dritan talked about the work of the Digital Catapult and how interventions can accelerate the uptake of 5G in the UK.  Robert Franks gave a preview of the very substantial and exciting city-scale projects being kicked off in the West Midlands - covering areas as diverse as health, transport and manufacturing. Watch this space for more news!

Next up was a panel session, moderated by Keith Willetts; ‘Driving Technologies and Services’ with Payam Taaghol, CEO of MYCOM OSI, Paul Scanlan, CTO, Huawei and Simon Muderack, CCO at Sigma Systems. Pictured below.

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Scanlan started, “let’s be clear. 5G has nothing to do with speed. It's cheaper than 4G... if you have growth”. A conversation ensued which earmarked a few important points; Payam highlighted data privacy concerns as he spoke about his pacemaker (which is currently ‘out of date’ in software terms). Some comments from the discussion which we scribbled down include:

  • 38,000,000,000kw (yes, that’s 9 zeros) is the estimated economic saving for the planet, if 5G is fully realised
  • Every lighting mast can be a small scale 5G connectivity hub. This of course will impact the telcos.
  • 5G is the enabler for rural connectivity

Scanlan says: “If you fragment 5G spectrum, the efficiencies drop off. The benefits aren't there. He matter of factly stated “5G isn't difficult to understand - we need more collaboration with industry players, sector wide, to better realise 5G”. Muderack briefly referenced an NDA project (without giving too much away) which involves transforming a car into a subscription model which hinges on 5G technology. Sigma Systems continue to work with customers on exciting projects which are paving the way for 5G.

Willett asked: is 5G the catalyst of this 'transformation' buzzword?

Taaghol: It’'s still talk. Out industry is still too exclusive. A lot of standards. We have proprietary routines which kills innovation. Failing fast (and cheap) is important in environments like this (trials)
Scanlan: Collaboration is key. The DNA of the operator is still a problem.
Muderack: I’m optimistic about 5G. The future is about Virtualisaton, IoT, AI and ML, and digitisation of B2B services. 5G permeates all of these.

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Pictured above: Chris Lewis, Founding Director, Lewis Insight, Rupert Barksfield, an ambassador for Magic Lines, Andre Ellery, Business Engagement IT Head at Royal Philips, Dr Isabel Van De Keere, Founder and CEO of Immersive Rehab and two ‘digital disruptors’ Ann Williams, Commissioning and Contracts Manager of Adult Social Services, Liverpool City Council and Rosemary Kay, Project Director of eHealth Cluster. Both Ann and Rosemary are instrumental leads in the Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care trial and testbed.

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Ellery said the spend in healthcare is set to reach 9 trillion dollars in 2020. He introduced Philips’ 4 core business areas;

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Connected care
  • Personal health
  • Other (covers innovation and royalties)

The 5 themes pictured above link everything together using 5G technology. He says “seamless and reliable connectivity is key” whilst describing these figurative 'spokes' of connected care with ubiquitous connectivity which will speed up diagnosis for all.

Van De Keere describes the benefits of immersive virtual reality during intensive rehabilitation programmes, opening with a reference to a personal injury sustained back in 2010. In summary, the technology she develops (AR) can help achieve quicker access to care and reduced waiting times (hospital lists). Case study subjects report increased engagement and motivation to carry out rehab, increased range of motion and reduced fear of carrying out exercise. Software features include:

  • Remote patient monitoring > which allows for continuous feedback to patients in their home environment. 5G allows for quicker data exchange
  • Personalised and adaptive programmes

Currently, ImmersiveRehab are working towards obtaining the CE mark which, as you can imagine, involves a lot of paperwork concerning clinical trials.

Next to the mic was Ann and Rosemary from the Liverpool 5G testbed who won an award the previous evening for the best use of innovation using 5G technology. Described as 'unexpected digital disruptors’ in the latest CW Journal 5G Testbed Special, Ann talks about the benefits 5G is achieving in the trial. Reduced deficits for the council and a council-owned network was a big selling point. For context, Liverpool County Council spend approx £39k per month on sim card provision for 1970s telecare - 5G will negate that deficit, which is quite spectacular if rolled out across the UK.

In their latest press release concerning continued funding, they state the 11 new 5G technologies being deployed across Liverpool.

“Technology is the easy part. It’s the human part that’s tricky” Ann said as a slide of the Blu Wireless node installation flicked across the screen. Adoption and implementation of technology can be challenging. Rosemary explains the importance of language: educating end users that it's not just about healthcare, but it's social care that’s being enhanced too. Think about auxiliary care, she continued i.e. the 2,000 weekly home visits undertaken in Kensington (Liverpool) which will benefit from 5G technology.

A good overview of the Liverpool testbed project was shown to the audience: 

Government health and social care budgets have been slashed which means the delivery of health and social care HAS to change.

Moderator Lewis, asks the panellists to talk about the barriers to tech.
Andre: many players, with many interests. Privacy and compliance issues. Not a tech problem, but a wider problem involving infrastructure.
Van De Keere: education about emerging technologies is key. Proving patient outcomes is really useful if you want high adoption rates.
Williams: the technology is not as intrusive as you might think... Most of us would agree that GP waiting times and appointment slots aren't slick. And GPs welcome change. The healthcare providers are only now beginning to realise they need to change.

The penultimate Smart Tourism discussion was moderated by Claire Caminade, Commercial Product Lead 5G at Digital Catapult involving Professor Graham Thomas, Section Leader, Research & Development, BBC, Anthony Karydis, Founder & CEO of Mativision and Justin Paul, Director of Marketing for Zeetta Networks.

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Professor Thomas from the BBC described the technology powering the Roman Baths AR technology; it’s about low latency, high delivery bandwidth applications. And delivering highly engaging content across tourist sites.

Location through time allowed the BBC to share some untold stories about the Roman Baths; adding another underline in the tourists handbook for further reason to attend. Considering circa 4,000 people visit the Baths (per day) during peak tourism; the technology needs to accommodate that demand.

Thomas passionately explained the historic narratives which the augmented reality showcased via magic window technology. By partnering with animation experts, Aardman, they used remote rendering and edge compute technology, which, according to Thomas is a more sophisticated approach. Gamification was used to encourage users to travel through the app in its entirety. The trial network launched the 4k 360 video in 1 second Vs 30 seconds on the default CDN onsite.

Mativision’s use case involved streaming of high-quality enhanced 360° video content to multiple users in a small area delivering synchronous immersive experiences to groups of people, exploiting the capabilities of the 5G network which was developed by the Project Partners. Karydis spoke about the KPIs achieved;

  • on the unoptimized network, 4 devices can achieve 50mbps streams 100% of the time
  • As you'd expect, as more devices were added, the sustained bandwidth decreased along with the mbps. 10 devices  can achieve 30-50mnps 23% of the time

Zeeta Networks are a project partner in the Smart Tourism testbed but also consulted on the 5G RuralFirst project. Pauls’ presentation was on tourist safety and network slicing; his opening slide set the tone.

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Paul introduced IAN; Incident Area Network which is powered by network slicing.  Popular coastal cities often attract hen and stag groups, and when you couple alcohol with water, the public safety use case is obvious. Emergency service networks now have data laden requirements; they are “'bandwidth hungry” says Paul. Thankfully, the technology is evolving and becoming more sophisticated, for example, cameras that detect packages being left unattended for certain periods of time in city centres, and using the example above; cameras that can detect if bodies have fallen into the water.

Typical smart tourism use cases were described and Paul explained the dynamic slicing technique whereby in critical situations, the smart tourism network might be flexed or degraded to accommodate those demands from the emergency service network. This raised the question; how are these ‘bursty demands’ by ESN to be paid for?

Caminade asked panellists: why not WiFi or 4G?
Graham: asking people to register on a public WiFi network is a barrier. Rich content cannot always be accessed in densely populated areas
Paul: Scalability is key. Wifi streamed Massive Attack concert used as a network slice example i.e small bandwidth slicing for retail POS tills as the convert continues. 5G is an enabler of this application.

Finally, Derek Long, Head of Telecoms and Mobile for Cambridge Consultants and Dave Ranyard CEO of  Dream Reality Interactive presented on 5G Media & Gaming Realised.

They discussed the evolving landscape of gaming where we’re now experiencing subscription based business models. Ranyard stated shared experience is a big draw for virtual reality applications and the industry is moving from a 2D world to a 3D interface where mixed reality technologies are driven by ai.

Mansoor Hanif, CTO of Ofcom, offered some feedback stating he’d like to see more of the telcos get in touch with content creators so that they are plugged into the conversations and become part of the business model.

Another video goodie was shown to the audience -  Sir David Attenborough in hologram form (view the video here). Holographic technology is being used to capture content, with clever techniques such as gaze capture.

In summary, a successful final day to 5G Realised with a mix of 5G narratives that we’re sure many delegates will take back to the office for further discussion with their colleagues.

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