By Will Egner – Axon Director of Wireless Strategy
Published on Feb 7, 2019
Right now, 5G technology is dominating the conversation in the communications industry with claims of “wire-like” speeds and experience. This means incredibly fast upload and download speeds with incredibly low latency – which will be fantastic for consumers who want faster accessibility to high quality pictures, videos, games, etc. But what does this mean for law enforcement? How will 5G impact your day-to-day operations?
When thinking about in-car video systems, there will be no less than three areas of significant impact.
Flat rate pricing models will have a considerable ripple effect on in-car video capabilities and operations. First, it will enable more and higher quality videos because agencies will no longer be charged by the gigabyte. This will obviously be an easier budget line item to manage as well. Additionally, multi- and omni-cam capabilities will become more feasible with the removal of budget and data cap barriers.
Currently, most in-car video systems upload their data once they are on the department's secure WiFi. While WiFi can be quite secure, the SIM and “beam” technologies of 5G make things inherently more secure simply because it is more difficult to intercept data through this connection. Where a WiFi signal creates a large bubble with a larger area of possible access, 5G communications are direct. Our enhanced and remote-upload enabling tech will also allow for data and evidence to uploaded instantly and kept safe on the cloud.
Faster, Better, Smarter Information
Information and awareness will be coming much faster with 5G. Devices themselves will have need for less storage because of the aforementioned ability to offload instantaneously. Devices could potentially even rid themselves of the need to have AI built into them because the speeds on 5G are so fast that the device could always be connected to the cloud. Information and calculations can be computed on the edge of the cloud and near instantly sent back to the device. In-car power systems can be cranked down because there won't be the need for as many processors in the vehicle.