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New lifesaving harbour technology successfully trialled

The project was led by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) Photo:

A new 5G technology that alerts the emergency services when someone falls into the water has been trialled in Bristol.

Bristol Harbourside has started the successful first phase test of the 5G system.

The system is aimed at saving lives if someone falls into the harbour water.

It uses thermal cameras which are set up at certain 'trigger' points that work as barriers on the harbour wall.

Using thermal cameras means emergency services are given an accurate location of where the person fell in.

he system is aimed at saving lives if someone falls into the harbour water. Credit: Bristol Harbour

I am proud our region is playing such a pivotal role in both the development of 5G technology and the innovative first trials of these pioneering new wireless services which can offer real safety benefits for our communities.

We are ambitious to help support a commercial roll out of 5G infrastructure across our region and we see 5G as having a role in helping us address mobility across the region and in helping with digital inclusion.

– West of England Mayor Tim Bowles

Within 36 hours of the system being installed, it successfully detected someone who fell into the water and services were alerted.

The incident happened in the day, and pedestrians helped the person out of the harbour.

The project was led by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca).