In the Exclusion Zone, Vodafone has expanded the coverage of high-speed 4G mobile Internet in the 900 MHz band (LTE900).
Particular attention to the provision of the Exclusion Zone with quality coverage by the operator is due to the preparations for the launch of a pilot project for fire safety monitoring in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. The project will be implemented jointly with the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management.
“Modern technology opens up ample opportunities for instant detection of forest fires. Thanks to the cooperation with Vodafone in Chernobyl, NB-IoT technology will work, which is based on the concept of the “Internet of Things” and allows you to securely and quickly transfer information between objects. And this, in turn, makes it possible to respond immediately to fire situations and localize them. I have repeatedly emphasized that the effective prevention of fires directly depends on the technical equipment and application of smart technologies. addition, the expansion of mobile coverage will contribute to the development of investment and tourism attractiveness of one of the most powerful Ukrainian magnets, “said Roman Abramovsky, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
According to Andriy Plyatsko, First Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management, the expansion of high-speed mobile Internet coverage in the Exclusion Zone is the first step in a pilot project to build a fire safety monitoring system in partnership with Vodafone. “World experience in forest fire fighting shows that the mobilization of all forces and means in the first 30 minutes can reduce the negative effects of fire. Therefore, it is very important that there is an effective and modern system in the exclusion zone, which will allow to quickly detect the place of ignition and respond to it, “Andriy Plyatsko emphasizes.
According to Andriy Bolshakov, Deputy General Director of Vodafone Ukraine, the next stage of preparation for the launch of the “pilot” will be testing the operation of thermal imagers, which will be installed at a height and cover a large area. This is the first such solution in Ukraine, which Vodafone develops and implements exclusively for the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. In the future, it can be scaled to other fire-hazardous areas of Ukraine.
Fire safety monitoring is planned to be carried out using NB-IoT technology based on the LTE network, which is designed for the “Internet of Things”. NB-IoT technology provides a high standard of security – encryption and authentication based on SIM-cards, which are not available in other technologies. In addition, it allows you to optimize power consumption, increasing the battery life of the device to 10 years. At the same time, the network capacity is much higher than in the voice network.
In addition, Vodafone Ukraine is connected to the global connectivity platform of Vodafone and has its own data center for data processing and storage. These components allow the company to implement ambitious and innovative projects based on the “Internet of Things”. It will be recalled that Vodafone’s high-speed mobile Internet appeared in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone in 2016. The 3G base station was launched in Pripyat. Deployment of 4G from Vodafone in the area was launched in November 2018.
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