5G Networks – It’s a phrase, a solution, and one of the more popular technology innovations being discussed in 2016. It’s seen as the necessary next step in terms of enabling telemedicine, autonomous driving, virtual reality, video communication and much more. It most likely will also be here sooner than we thought! Current estimates target 5G Networks being utilized between 2020-2025, but Nokia has stated that they believe 5G will become a reality a lot sooner than that. The current market already has many clear use cases for 5G networks, and Nokia recently brought their first 5G-ready product to market, the Airscale radio access solution, this past February.
5G – Change Will Be a Constant
5G networks allow for larger data transfers without latency and will raise performance levels for people and things. One big change will be the telecommunication capabilities between different devices. Objects will learn to organize themselves to fulfill our needs by automatically adapting to our behavior, environment and business processes.
4 Ways 5G Will Improve Our Lives
- How we travel and experience our environment (real world mobility)
- How we control remote environments (virtual mobility)
- How the infrastructure around supports us (high performance infrastructure)
- How we produce goods (4th industrial revolution)
Future Life with 5G
Faster telecommunication between devices will also allow for the creation of new applications, which will make our lives easier and more efficient. Instead of collecting your groceries in a basket, waiting in line to pay, paying, and then leaving, you can just collect groceries to your own bag and walk out of the store. Payments will be scanned automatically, and databases will even learn and store your food preferences and provide data about your health, and even in-store food recommendations.
5G will also greatly affect the possibilities for telemedicine. Using technology, we will be able to monitor a person’s vitals remotely and call help if needed. This allows people with high blood pressure, heart diseases or diabetes, which would normally require monitoring, to live at home longer, and safer. Remote monitoring and remote doctors also means tremendous savings on healthcare costs, which could benefit us all.
Lastly, there is autonomous driving. In the near future you will be able to step into a vehicle, and it will autopilot from there. The Auto / Human connections are important from a health and safety perspective. When you give your life on the hands of a machine, you want to be sure there is no latency in the decision-making. Currently, 4G reacts to things in 10-20 msec. 5G can do this 10-20 times faster, in less than 1 millisecond, which equals real-time processing! To that, I will end with a quick 5G “Thank You” and request:
Dear 5G Networks – We look forward to your gifts of safety, efficiency and living comforts moving forward.