Optimizing response of rescue services with 5G

“5G: City – Country – Saving Lives” project develops radio technologies to coordinate rescue missions more effectively


We are exploring how 5G mobile communications technology might further improve the response of rescue services. In the project, we are working with partners to develop and test positioning and networking technologies for three application fields: emergency call, first aid and rescue forces. These technologies are designed to give rescue personnel fast, secure and effective support on-site and to inform those affected by the emergency. For example, our experts use hybrid methods such as satellite-based positioning together with 5G in order to navigate automated supply drones carrying first-aid materials precisely to the deployment site.

For their safety, rescue forces wear or carry sensors that record physiological parameters in a so-called wireless body area network. Sensors integrated into their clothing or devices carried with them use 5G signals or ultra wide band (UWB) to permanently monitor the distances of rescue forces to each other and determine changes in movement by means of inertial sensors. Combined with telemetric data about the position of the rescue forces both indoors and outdoors, they can be issued precise instructions that will guide them very quickly out of a situation in which their life or health is at risk. Combining all the data provides a quick and exact overview of the situation.