Is 5G Set to Transform IoT?
If the news hasn’t reached you yet, the word that’s going around is that 5G networks will serve 40% of the globe by 2024. This step up from 4G brings several benefits to the table. The most common of them include super speedy uploads and downloads. How fast you ask? It is 100 times faster than its predecessor technology and offers more reliability. Ergo, better automation and productivity is on the cards.
So, how is 5G going to shape the future of next-gen IoT (Internet of Things)? According to Gartner, by 2020, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices globally! This number is only going to mushroom in the years to come. The current wireless connectivity infrastructure is inept to accommodating the needs of these devices and the information exchanged between them. Even if they do, technical snags can’t be completely ruled out.
With 5G in the forefront, IoT-friendly ecosystem is going to thrive. It will allow several devices to gather data in real-time over a particular timeframe. Let’s look at the ways 5G can transform IoT:
Low End-to-End Latency
Latency, in simple terms, means the time taken or the lag that’s taken by a data package to go from one point to another. For instance, it can be from an antenna to any smart device. Or can be between two smart devices. With 5G connectivity, the maximum latency time that we are going to witness will be that of 1 millisecond. Compare this to 4G technology, which has a latency of 10 milliseconds, which limits several a number of IoT applications. This is tremendous progress, especially when it comes to self-driving cars, which tend to generate a massive amount of data through their sensors.
5G will facilitate direct communication between vehicles, vehicles to infrastructure, and also, communication facilitated by network. This will take autonomous driving to the next level, focusing on vehicle safety and convenience by collecting critical data.
The next benefit on the list is application support. 5G will include a new range of communication as MTC or Machine Type Communication applications. These can be either critical or massive, based on the requirements. These applications will include several devices right from home appliances to sensors. Even industrial processes fall under this category, which can be handled by nothing less than a powerful and reliable network. This is where 5G enters the scene.
Private 5G networks, for example, are going to provide the most secure scaffold that is needed by the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), by combining security and the core network architecture.
Connectivity All the Time, Everywhere
Another benefit of 5G is connectivity that is present all the time and everywhere. Active connections will become omnipresent and connect each active device. It will also allow mobile networks to become highly productive, cost-effective, and highly available. In short, interconnected devices will boost productivity and efficiency. Overall, it is going to make way for making IoT more significant in our lives.
Healthcare facilities, for example, are getting more and more dependent on RTLS or Real Time Location System. The need for real-time networks is greater for the healthcare industry and can be achieved with 5G networks. It can speed up the supply chain management, enhance the relay of information in real-time, reducing costs, increasing operational efficiency and so on. In the near future, it will be even possible to perform complex surgeries remotely with 5G to the rescue.
Support for Heterogeneous Network Services
Like 4G LTE, 5G will also support heterogeneous networks. This, in essence, means that it will cover several other network protocols and devices that are in its reach. It is a crucial factor when it comes to connecting different devices without any glitches. This is going to revolutionize the IoT manifold.
This is what will bring the vision of smart cities a reality as several sensors become embedded in city infrastructure. 5G will handle the massive data load and also, help integrate several intelligent systems that constantly communicate with each other.
5G – Missing Piece in the IoT Puzzle?
5G is several leaps forward in terms of speed, connectivity, and capacity. It is going to empower a volley of avant-garde products, services that are related to IoT.
All in all, the wireless network is going to transform millions of lives year after year. It can very well be the missing piece in the IoT puzzle that is set to do wonders. Is your business ready to embrace the change? What do you think of this disruptive technology?