The 5G era will transform five industries in radical new ways.
The potential for real-time communication is increased by the expectation that 5G networks would provide far more data much faster than 4G.
In addition to distant data transmission, the implications of this capacity include new degrees of automation that have the potential to significantly improve many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, transportation, and agriculture. (Read Our Experts Respond to Your 5G Questions.)
How Will Manufacturing Be Affected by 5G?
Building “smart factories” that can take use of the potential of connection to achieve higher safety, efficiency, and automation is now achievable thanks to 5G.
Will 5G improve the smart factory? asked a ZDnet story. The advantages of 5G for manufacturing include enhanced real-time data streams, but it also goes beyond that by offering more flexibility:
Operators can become aware of issues through real-time data collection and analysis of data ranging from machine performance, staff activity, and logistics — as well as through predictive analytics — through Internet of Things (IoT) networks of sensors on the factory floor and through the supply chain.
You can see a quick presentation on how AT&T and Samsung portray the factory of the future that takes use of cutting-edge technology that runs on 5G in the video below. Visitors may explore seven distinct industrial use cases at Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s 5G Innovation Zone, which will increase productivity and safety while extending the potential of robots that are aware of their surroundings.
Without the latency issue, 5G in Healthcare Telemedicine might truly take off, not only for remote patient diagnostics but also for surgery.
The American Medical Association (AMA) pushed for increased connectivity as one of its objectives back in 2018. Patients are at the confluence of health and technology, as Dr. Gerald E. Harmon noted. Patients in underdeveloped communities will confront even more health issues without internet and wireless.
The potential for remote robotic-assisted surgery in healthcare is being investigated in the same manner that 5G has advanced automation and robots in industry. A surgeon in Fujian, China, performed the first remote surgery utilising 5G mobile network technology in January 2019 when he removed the patient’s liver from a separate location.
With just.1 seconds of lag time, the 5G connection enabled him to operate the robotic arms that performed the procedure.
“Researchers claimed the high-speed can lessen the chance of lethal medical errors, and increases hopes that 5G-enabled remote surgery may soon be dependable enough for use on human patients,” reads the description of the video below.
The Function of 5G in Retail
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are made more usable by 5G, which might allow customers to visually try on clothing at home or in shops.
By 2020, “100 Million Consumers Will Shop in Augmented Reality Online and In-Store,” according to a Gartner news release from April 2019. According to Anna Karki, principal research analyst at Gartner, quoted in the release, retailers are looking for technological solutions, such as “AR and VR to offer customers a unified retail experience inside and outside retail stores,” in response to consumer demand and expectations for retail experiences.
Karki used the IKEA Place app, which allows users to see different items of furniture that are for sale within their own homes, to illustrate how it enables consumers to experience “immersive worlds.” After a transaction, “AR may be utilised outside the shop to promote consumer happiness and loyalty,” she said.
According to Sylvain Fabre, senior research director at Gartner, 5G may help with “not just consumer engagement but also the full product management cycle of businesses,” according to the same press release. He stated: “5G can boost store traffic statistics, optimise warehouse resource use, and allow beacons that connect to customers’ cellphones.”
The Future of Transportation is Driven by 5G
Dive safety may increase with connectivity.
According to Carritech, 5G allows “vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connectivity,” which are essential for enhancing driver safety. V2V may be utilised to warn a motorist when automobiles are slowing in front of them even before they can see their brake lights.
A major accident may be avoided with advance warning since striking automobiles that suddenly halt is a common cause of crashes. If a road condition requires stopping, V2I communication may let the motorist know in advance so they can take an alternate route and avoid traffic.
Safe operation of autonomous vehicles requires such awareness of other vehicles and traffic conditions. (Read Seven Myths About Autonomous Vehicles.)
According to a remark from Tasha Keeney, an analyst for autonomy, there may be advantages to being able to communicate greater streams of data in real time, such as “a complete video feed or additional information from the whole sensor suite.”
That may be particularly useful in emergency circumstances when “human remote operators” are required to act. The autonomous vehicles may be better guided for efficiency and safety using both V2V and B2I data.
Shaping Agriculture with 5G
Farmers can monitor, measure, and automate their systems to improve outcomes using real-time data given over 5G.
Dairy producers are already using the Internet of Cows by equipping their cows with smart collars and sensors, allowing them to receive data in real-time. Me+Moo is a service provided by one business, 5G Rural First, situated in the UK. The startup received support from the government and plans to use the app to show farmers the potential of 5G for agriculture by keeping them constantly informed of what their cows are doing.
Mark Gough, one of the herdsmen at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre, is quoted in an ABC News article about the program’s implementation as saying: “You can be at one end of the building, you get an alert, it’s telling you exactly which cow it is, what the problem potentially is, and it’s an instant assessment.”
The same concepts that made autonomous driving feasible might allow farms to run autonomously with self-driven tractors and other devices, going beyond just relaying data. The Hands Free Hectare experiment, run by Precision Decisions and Harper Adams University, provided evidence of such in England.