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The final report from the AutoAir Consortium

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 24 Sep 2020
  • Last modified 24 Sep 2020
The project explores the concept of the hyper-dense neutral host network where a number of easy-to-deploy small cells are installed in close proximity to the road or trackside.

The key findings and business case analyses for both road and rail are also laid out in the report published by Real Wireless.

For many years, the media has talked about the future of connected vehicles and the technology necessary to take fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) from a dream to a reality. Real Wireless is proud to be part of the AutoAir consortium, helping to deliver the technology that will make that reality possible.

By creating a new 5G testbed at the world-famous Millbrook Proving Ground, the consortium demonstrated through the use of both 60 GHz mmWave and sub 6 GHz networks, the ability to connect vehicles moving at high speed and stream data between them and with fixed infrastructure.

The AutoAir analysis primarily focused on road connectivity and the path to increased capacity using infrastructure sharing to meet future demand. The implications of these principles were also considered for rail deployments. When working with clients in the road sector, we’ve recently seen yet more new connectivity options and use cases emerging. We are finding the majority of applications comfortably fit within the capabilities of a more flexible connectivity platform, tipping the balance towards a 4G/5G evolutionary path and away from ITS-G5.

For Rail, our focus with clients in recent months has been on improving the understanding regarding reliability of voice services for passengers on various lines and rolling stock in the UK. At the same time, we’ve looked at how data services will benefit, with sharing of infrastructure as a core consideration. Methods for sharing of infrastructure are increasingly becoming of interest in both the Road and Rail environments; something that is a very welcome development.

Real Wireless is recognised as the world’s leading independent wireless advisory firm. With experience spanning transportation and connected places such as ports and stadia, Real Wireless and its digital infrastructure advisory service works with governments, regulators, end users, vendors and network operators to help plan the future.

Click here to download the full report

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