The #Roma 5G project, launched in 2017 by Roma Capitale, Fastweb and Ericsson, takes a further step and is enriched by a new experimentation in urban mobility and public security. In collaboration with Atac, the transport company of the City of Rome, the first bus connected in 5G of the city and some application scenarios were presented during a press conference.
Through the coverage of the fifth generation network, it was possible to develop cutting-edge applications that significantly improve the efficiency and reliability of public transport.
To ensure passenger safety, a video surveillance platform has been set up for real-time monitoring and reporting of danger situations. Three latest generation cameras have been installed on board the Audi A6 for the transmission of high definition images to the Atac control centre, which, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, analyzes them in real time to signal critical situations within the bus, such as the This use scenario may also be used to collect data on the flow of passengers in the vehicle, but also to counter the so-called free riding and evasion. In addition, the driver’s cab is equipped with a button for emergencies connected in the cloud that, if activated, launches an alarm at the control center, signaling the GPS position of the vehicle.
The real time telemetry and predictive maintenance solution consists instead of a diagnostic system of on-board connected directly to the CAN-bus, the system that connects the different electric control units of the Audi A6, with which it is possible to keep monitored the state of health and The system sensors are also able to detect and report in real time the exceedance of a number of parameters, including the pressure and direction of the engine, the speed and actual consumption, or the temperature and humidity level within the bus.
In the context of the trial, a system for intelligent traffic management was also developed with the possibility of prioritising public transport. Thanks to the integration with the urban traffic control system, the system allows to adjust the passage of public transport to intersections reconfiguring traffic lights to ensure green light to buses with the advantage of increasing speed and reducing journey times. This functionality can also be used for other types of vehicles, for example for rescue and police.
For the development of new digital services, Fastweb and Ericsson have built an integrated platform that uses the 5G 26Ghz frequencies made available by Fastweb and consists of two cells, located on a building in Via Prati Fisca The two antennas, connected to Fastweb’s fibre optic transport network, transmit to Ericsson’s IoT platform, which collects in real time all the data and video images from the bus. The terminal receiving the 5G signal was installed directly on the bus and connected to a router that allowed to aggregate the various network components for the realization of the different use cases.
During the press conference, supported by the use of a 360 degree interactive video, a smartphone app was also shown to facilitate the travel experience of citizens of Rome Capital during the trial, which allows you to receive useful information on the lines in the