5G qUAlity slicing foR the Deployment of Security services

Securing industrial sites, facilities and large public events is an important task usually handled by human guards. However, high costs are driving companies and event organizers to explore the cost-saving potential of automated security technology. By investigating the ‘slicing’ capability of 5G that enables dynamic resource allocation to match demand, 5GUARDS will explore how different security services with a wide range of requirements can be supported simultaneously by 5G networks.

Remote and automated security on the rise

As the wider focus on safety increases, Belgian organizations are investing more in their security activities. While the cost of manpower goes up, the cost of technology is falling. Therefore, more firms, municipalities and venues are using new technologies such as sensors, automated analysis of faces and plate numbers, drones and others to help guarantee security remotely.

4G alone is not sufficient

Remote monitoring and service automation puts pressure on the resources of a communication network. Very large events and complex security setups would involve large amounts of data and require many internet connections, low-latency and reliable control interfaces and a hefty uplink connection. The 4G networks currently in place offer a basic level of Quality of Service (QoS) support, but must evolve to meet more enriched and dynamic QoS guarantees to cater to more complex requirements.

Disruptive 5G to overcome technical limits

Using the needs of user groups such as the Antwerp Fire Department, Securitas and the Belgian Navy as starting points, 5GUARDS will map security service requirements to the real capabilities of 5G networks – which are still under development. The possibilities of ‘sliced’ 5G networks are the foundation of this research. This innovative approach uses many logical networks that serve many purposes but that exist within a shared infrastructure.

The consortium identified three types of use cases with diverse requirements:

  • drone control – critical communication requiring high reliability and availability, and low latency;
  • video livestreaming – enhanced mobile broadband with a high average and peak data throughput;
  • IoT and sensing – massive machine-type communication enabling the use of numerous low-cost, low-energy devices sending small amounts of data.

Applications that can alter society

The possible capabilities of 5G networks also impact other key sectors that help build a digital and interconnected society. Think of remote machinery, smart homes, e-health, smart cities, self-driving cars, and more. To realize its objectives, 5GUARDS will work with partners with expertise in IoT and 5G network design and management.


“The 5GUARDS consortium aims to explore the capabilities of 5G network. Its goal is to drive the effective automation and remote management of security services – and potentially other wireless-reliant segments, from e-health and IoT to smart cities.”


5G qUAlity slicing foR the Deployment of Security services.


5GUARDS is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen.

It started on 01.04.2017 and is set to run until 31.03.2019.

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Project information


  • Accelleran
  • Ericsson Belgium
  • Orange Belgium
  • Rombit


  • imec - IDLab - UGent
  • imec - IDLab - UAntwerpen 
  • imec - Persys
  • KU Leuven - ESAT-TELEMIC
  • imec - SMIT - VUB


  • Project Lead: Olivier Van Rompaey
  • Research Lead: Steven Latré
  • Proposal Manager: Werner Van Leekwijck
  • Innovation Manager: Stefan Van Baelen

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