Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

5G innovation to support Australia’s future

The 5G Innovation Initiative will support 19 projects across key sectors of the economy, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport, and education and training.

The 5G Innovation Initiative will support 19 projects across key sectors of the economy, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport, and education and training.

Trials funded under the Initiative will make the most of a range of complementary technologies to demonstrate the benefits of 5G. This includes:

  • 5G Remote Controlled Firefighting Tank—Using 5G to support long-range remote control of an autonomous 'Firefighting Tank' capable of traversing extremely dangerous terrains to support rescue, path clearing and firefighting missions.
  • Lifesaving pathology supply—5G-enabled telecommunications infrastructure for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles in remote and unserviceable locations, for precise monitoring of location in supply chain of medicines and temperature of cargo during critical medical supply delivery.
  • 5G-enabled livestock counting—Using 5G for high-quality 4K video streams to count sheep at a regional livestock exchange, automating the process and removing human error. A supporting 5G edge network will process the counting on site and relay the data in real time back to farmers on a tablet or mobile device.
  • 5G and Sydney Ferries—Sydney Ferries to deliver a safer environment for its passengers using 5G network capacity and performance to support live video-stream viewing.

More information about the Initiative is available here.