Did you know that 5G adoption will triple this year? This is because smartphone companies are rolling out 5G compatible phones to the public. Plus, more locations now have 5G sites available – and it is expanding.
5G will change the world because of its seamless and lightning-speed network. It has ultra-low latency and high reliability that can help improve quality of life. It can bring in a new era of technological advancements such as real-time connectivity, smart cities, remote robotic surgery, and more.
You are probably thinking about how this technology can change the world and make life better. Read on to know what 5G network is and five exciting examples of the future with it.
What is 5G
5G is the fifth-generation mobile network. For 40 years in 10-year development increments, global telecom networks are busy developing various radio network technology. This gave birth to 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and the current 5G (fifth generation) network.
5G enables creating a new kind of network that connects everyone and everything, including computers, objects, and gadgets.
5G wireless infrastructure can provide multi-gigabit per second (Gbps) peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, improved reliability, huge network bandwidth, increased availability, and a more consistent user experience to a larger number of devices.
5G and the World
Imagine a world with zero lags and delays? What if cars can talk to parking lots telling you where is the available spot – and booking it for you too? How about playing an online game without any latency whatsoever?
These are only some of the changes you are about to see as 5G, IoT (internet of things), and AI (artificial intelligence) are taking a step forward.
5G can enable long-range communication within a building. With this kind of connection, wireless sensors and actuators (a device that causes other devices or machines to operate) can connect for building automation—making operation infrastructure quicker and efficient.
Video monitoring devices can produce high-quality video in real-time, sensors can detect people, and the need for lighting or air conditioning.
Because 5G uses higher-frequency radio bands (usually used for communication like air traffic controllers to airline pilots, medical devices, etc.), this will make your video calls smoother. Using this newest generation network ensures a guaranteed internet connection with no lag time.
Another Level of Gaming
With a connection without any lags, gamers worldwide are celebrating. This would mean fully immersive gaming without any latency that usually impacts online gaming.
If you played Pokemon Go, then you are familiar with Pokemons popping out of the screen with the help of augmented reality (AR). And with 5G and further development, there is a possibility to see them while interacting with the real-time environment.
Rising of Smart Cities
Did you know that two-thirds of U.S. jurisdictions have invested in smart city infrastructure?
For San Diego, for example, implemented smart lighting systems that dim when no one is around, saving about $2 million in annual energy costs. Pittsburgh replaced 36,000 streetlights with LEDs that have sensors to track air quality.
In South Bend, Indiana, sewer levels can rise dangerously high, so they put sensors inside manhole cover to divert water flow. San Francisco registered a 35 percent reduction in cases where shots were fired after installing gunshot-detecting microphones in high-crime areas.
By using the connectivity of 5G, cities can process data from millions of IoT devices and add low-power sensors that can last for years. This would improve their ability to intelligently manage traffic flow, air quality, energy use, public safety, etc. In a 2017 Accenture Strategy survey, cities can save $160 billion by using 5G networks to handle traffic and electricity.
Better Self-Driving Cars
Think of 5G as the “oxygen” for self-driving vehicles. With its speed and ability to compute in real-time, it can communicate to other cars, homes, individuals, and even street lights.
This can produce faster, smarter, and safer cars that can reroute quickly, better estimate arrival times, prevent collisions, and overall safe and secure streets.
Do not forget the role of IoT and AI that can carry these innovations to life.
Remote Care and Robotic Surgery
3D X-rays will become common. The possibility of doctors performing robotic surgery on people in rural areas from a remote hospitals will increase. In an emergency, 5G-connected ambulances can communicate with the local traffic network to set traffic signals and notify other vehicles of their position, ensuring that their route is safe.
These could revolutionize healthcare, especially for people living in remote areas and the whole world.
5G is the start of a whole revolution of changes. It will make the quality of life better and even smarter. With IoT and AI slowly progressing to the norm, you will see them using this newest generation network’s power to bring innovation to life.