5G New Radio for Public Safety Mission Critical Communications

03/03/2021 ∙ by Jingya Li, et al. ∙ 0

Driven by increasing demands on connectivity to improve safety, situational awareness and operational effectiveness for first responders, more and more public safety agencies are realizing the needs of modernization of their existing non-3GPP networks. 3GPP based cellular networks offers the unique opportunity of providing fast, reliable, and prioritized communications for first responders in a shared network. In this article, we give an overview of service requirements on public safety mission critical communications. We identify key technical challenges and explain how 5G NR features are being evolved to meet the emerging safety critical requirements, including enabling connectivity everywhere, supporting efficient group communications, prioritizing mission critical traffic, and providing accurate positioning for first responders.

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