5G to ‘rid UK of black-spots’ as £210,000 grant awarded to COCKPIT-5G project

Created April 11, 2019
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It has been announced that the UK’s University of Warwick’s COCKPIT-5G project, has been awarded the funding from Innovate UK’s Geospatial Commission to research where signal black-spots are in the UK to support and optimise the roll-out of 5G to improve both urban and rural coverage. Scientists at the university say that 5G could be available across the entire UK, as low/no-availability ‘black-spots’ are identified by the project run by the university’s School of Engineering. Once the scientists identify black-spots, they say they will be able to “enhance connectivity” for a range of users and applications including businesses, Artificial Intelligence, driverless cars and manufacturing.

Using real-time machines, the Warwick scientists can identify black-spots which, they say, “could revolutionise the future digital economy, which depends on mobile broadband services and is critical to ensuring connectivity across a wide range of social and industrial sectors, including driverless cars and manufacturing. Enhancing 5G across the UK will transform UK businesses and empower UK to lead the AI and 5G revolution.”

,Dr Weisi Guo (pictured), from the university’s School of Engineering commented, “COCKPIT-5G will enable the UK to be world-leaders in new technologies by getting 5G coverage in black-spots. Businesses will be better connected, which in turn improves manufacturing, and we can enhance AI and the development of autonomous vehicles. For the consumer of mobile data they could access 5G in rural areas and even on top of Ben Nevis, which, standing at 1345 metres, is the UK’s highest mountain.”

UK’s Geospatial Commission

The Geospatial Commission is an impartial, expert committee within the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, set up in April 2018 and supported by £80 million of funding. The Geospatial Commission aims to champion and elevate the UK’s strength as a geospatial world leader that coordinates the generation and facilitates the use of domestic geospatial data, products and services across the private and public sectors. The Commission is developing the UK’s national geospatial strategy that it will publish at the end of this year. It is running a range of projects to inform the strategy development.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/geospatial-commission


This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.