World’s first 5G Indoor Positioning verified by China Mobile Suzhou and Huawei

According to the official press news, the Chinese giant Huawei and China Mobile Suzhou reached a new milestone with the verification of the 5G indoor positioning capability in metro transport scenarios in Suzhou — a major city located along the southeastern edge of Jiangsu Province in eastern China.

The verification showed that, even with pRRUs being hidden, a positioning precision of 3 to 5 m can be achieved in 90% of the platform and hall areas. This is the first time that 5G indoor positioning has been verified on live networks in the world, providing valuable experience for the commercial growth of 5G positioning in vertical industries.

Indoor location-based services are in high demand of vertical applications,

  • Indoor navigation
  • Asset tracking
  • Geofencing
  • Logistics management
  • Personnel management

For now, indoor positioning technologies are of great variety and most of them need to be deployed and maintained individually, resulting in high end-to-end costs. As a part of the continuous evolution of 5G, positioning has been added to 3GPP Release 16 finalized in mid 2020 to realize indoor positioning by leveraging the ultra-high signal resolution empowered by 5G’s high bandwidth, multi-point measurements, and multi-access edge computing (MEC) deployment.

As 5G is quickly expanding to various industries, 5G indoor positioning will enable telecom carriers to provide diversified high-value services to transport hubs, industrial manufacturing, healthcare services, and other applications that hugely depend on accurate location information, which will be crucial for growing the 5GtoB market space.

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