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Conceptual Evaluation of a 5G Network Slicing Technique for Emergency Communications and Preliminary Estimate of Energy Trade-Off

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National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos” 1, 15341 Agia Paraskevi, Greece
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Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Peloponnese, 22100 Tripolis, Greece
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Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) S.A., 15124 Marousi, Greece
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Academic Editor: Enrico Sciubba
Energies 2021, 14(21), 6876; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14216876
Received: 21 May 2021 / Revised: 11 October 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 20 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 5G Enabled Energy Innovation)
The definition of multiple slicing types in 5G has created a wide field for service innovation in communications. However, the advantages that network slicing has to offer remain to be fully exploited by today’s applications and users. An important area that can potentially benefit from 5G slicing is emergency communications for First Responders. The latter consists of heterogeneous teams, imposing different requirements on the connectivity network. In this paper, the RESPOND-A platform is presented, which provides First Responders with network-enabled tools on top of 5G on-scene planning, with enhanced service slicing capabilities tailored to emergency communications. Furthermore, a mapping of emergency services and communications to specific slice types is proposed to identify the current challenges in the field. Additionally, the proposed tentative mechanism is evaluated in terms of energy efficiency. Finally, the approach is summarized by discussing future steps in the convergence of 5G network slicing in various areas of emergency vertical applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: 5G; NFV; slicing; energy efficiency; eMBB; uRLLC; mMTC 5G; NFV; slicing; energy efficiency; eMBB; uRLLC; mMTC
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Kourtis, M.-A.; Sarlas, T.; Xilouris, G.; Batistatos, M.C.; Zarakovitis, C.C.; Chochliouros, I.P.; Koumaras, H. Conceptual Evaluation of a 5G Network Slicing Technique for Emergency Communications and Preliminary Estimate of Energy Trade-Off. Energies 2021, 14, 6876. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14216876

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Kourtis M-A, Sarlas T, Xilouris G, Batistatos MC, Zarakovitis CC, Chochliouros IP, Koumaras H. Conceptual Evaluation of a 5G Network Slicing Technique for Emergency Communications and Preliminary Estimate of Energy Trade-Off. Energies. 2021; 14(21):6876. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14216876

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Kourtis, Michail-Alexandros, Thanos Sarlas, Giorgios Xilouris, Michael C. Batistatos, Charilaos C. Zarakovitis, Ioannis P. Chochliouros, and Harilaos Koumaras. 2021. "Conceptual Evaluation of a 5G Network Slicing Technique for Emergency Communications and Preliminary Estimate of Energy Trade-Off" Energies 14, no. 21: 6876. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14216876

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