Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said: "Our Liverpool testbed is exploring how 5G can transform health and social care and reduce the digital divide so no one is left behind by this revolutionary technology.
We’re also funding other ground-breaking testbeds across the UK to ensure the economy and wider society are fit for a 5G future.
CGA recently exhibited their simulation at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Copenhagen, attended by over 18,000 international delegates from the smart city/transport sector.
The digital copy of Kensington the tech company has created, is being used to plot the optimal position for street-level mesh networks, mounted on lampposts and street furniture. These networks will deliver affordable, mmWave 60GHz technology which means multi-gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity for all homes in the neighbourhood, created by Blu Wireless technology.
Using a digital twin at this planning stage, provides a more cost effective and accurate way to deploy a 5G technology network at scale.
The Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Testbed received £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) 5G Testbeds and Trials programme. The testbed explores whether affordable 5G connectivity brings measurable benefits to digitally deprived communities, by offering reliable access to digital health and social care solutions.
Inpatients at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) and users of Liverpool Adult Social Services, will benefit from the trial, by gaining access to Internet of Things (IoT) devices/applications and sensor technology, that’s been designed by Liverpool-based tech companies.
The devices and applications, which will run on the high-bandwidth broadband network, include: a pharmacy assistant device, which connects people taking medicine at home to a pharmacy, via a video link; a social gaming app, which combats loneliness in adults; sensors that monitor emergencies like falls and a dehydration monitor for older adults. The applications promote preventative care and extended independent living, with improved access to health and social care services.
CGA Simulation’s partners in the Liverpool 5G Testbed are led by Sensor City and include: Blu Wireless, AIMES, Inventya, Safehouse, DefProc, Digital Creativity in Disability, Liverpool City Council, RLBUHT, Liverpool University, and Liverpool John Moore’s University and the E-Health Cluster.
The UK’s Testbed and Trials programme has been set up to support the UK’s 5G development strategy. It aims to establish best practice in sectors like manufacturing, autonomous vehicle development, smart city technology and health and social care. 5G technology can improve innovation and growth, care solutions and efficiency.
Notes for Editors
About CGA Simulation - Jon Wetherall is Managing Director of CGA Simulation. Jon has an extensive experience in both industry and academia, including successful development of two similar platform type simulators - one with the MoD and one with SmartCity applications. Ben Mitchell has been programming Game AI since the early 90s. He has worked for a number of companies include Lucas Arts and Kuju. Dave Griffiths has delivered projects for a range of clients including Microsoft and Sony.
The Liverpool 5G Consortium is: The innovative health, social care and technology partnership is: Blu Wireless Technology, AIMES, Inventya, DefProc, Digital Creativity in Disability, CGA Simulation, Sensor City, Liverpool City Council, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT), Liverpool University, and Liverpool John Moores University. It brings dynamic experience from the academic, health, wireless, emerging and computer technology sectors.
The Liverpool 5G trials and test-beds:1. Telehealth in a box – improved communication between hospital and community. 2. Cloud based clinical mobility – using 5G connectivity to accelerate mobile solutions. 3. Use of brand new innovative hospital (RLBUHT) as a test bed for SMEs. 4. Pharmacy in the home – on call access to pharmacy assistant for vulnerable people in their own home. 5. Use of ambient IoT sensors within home care services – enabling people to live independently at home, for longer. 6. Deployment of a 'push to talk' device in social care situations to reduce social isolation. 7. Reducing loneliness in the older, adult population – harnessing emerging technologies like augmented reality to bridge physical distance using 5G. 8. Development and trial of hydration device - enabling remote monitoring of vulnerable user’s hydration and health. 9. Create a consent based trusted analytics/research (TAE/TRE) environment with access for researchers/analysts across the UK. 10. Use of chromatic cameras within home care settings to compare patterns of behaviour. 11. Optimise access and utilisation of 5G networks when multiple IoT devices - the health and social care use cases have all been identified by health and care practitioners.