November 16, 2021 onteca

Liverpool 5G wins ‘5G Innovation of the Year’ Award

The Liverpool 5G planning tool has been crowned ‘5G Innovation of the Year’ at the DigiLeaders100 Awards, 2021.

The prestigious awards ceremony took place at London’s famous Aqua Shard building, on the evening of 11th November.
‘5G Innovation’ is a special category introduced by DigiLeaders to demonstrate the amazing projects happening in a new area of digital transformation.

Liverpool 5G faced stiff competition from final seven nominees included Connected Cowes, The Live + Wild Project, and Zeetta Netsplicer – a multi-domain orchestrator for private mobile networks.

Anne Williams from Liverpool City Council and Jen Laing (Lead Programmer on Planning Tool) from CGA Simulation collecting their award.

The Liverpool 5G Network Planning Tool, has been created by Liverpool 5G partners, CGA Simulation, and uses ‘digital twin technology, artificial intelligence, and gaming visualisation to create a 3D copy of an urban or rural area – in the case of Liverpool 5G, Kensington in Liverpool. The tool enabling those planning a 5G network to accurately plot line-of-sight for 5G nodes. The tool created by CGA is an integrated technology that also allows planners to map and model other technologies like community LoRaWan, roaming radio technology , council fibre, alongside the position of lamp posts and trees. 

The 5G planning tool greatly reduces the manual workload and resources required to plan a 5G network, as planners can work online first rather than walking an area to map potential obstacles like trees. This reduces time and costs. The tool can also be used to generate valuable outputs like installation instructions and a bespoke google map.

It has been a week of wins for Liverpool 5G who also took home the ‘Connecting People Award’ at the Cambridge Wireless technology awards. They received the award in recognition of their work connecting digitally deprived communities in Kensington, Liverpool, giving them equal access to life changing health and social care technologies.