Zero lag time and increased reliability will transform the way we live and work.
Consider video conference meetings that are free of technical issues and delays.
Imagine being at tens of thousands-strong concerts and still having outstanding cell phone service for video streaming, calling, and using internet apps like social networking.
Thanks to 5G, that world will be here shortly. This is the fifth generation of wireless technology for cellular devices, including phones and tablets.
Here are four ways that 5G will change industries:
The occupants of buildings and operations will have access to real-time internet.
“5G is a gamechanger,” said Honeywell’s building technologies business director of engineering Amit Kulkarni.
5G encompasses a wide range of radio frequencies. According to Amit, specific frequencies, for example, will enable long-range connectivity within a building. This, for example, will allow wireless sensors and actuators to be connected for building automation. High-frequency signals allow pinpointing location precision and high-bandwidth applications such as 4K and even 8K video streaming.
This implies a guaranteed internet connection during office video conferencing with no lag time.
It also means that a building’s operational technologies will be speedier and more reliable.
Continuously recording video surveillance systems will give high-quality video in real-time.
In addition, sensors that detect occupancy and notify the need for lights or air conditioning will run more quickly.
Network slicing is another feature of the new wireless technology. This virtualizes the 5G infrastructure so that various platforms can share it. A building automation system, for example, can share a network with a life-critical fire system. The bandwidth and alarm latency requirements of both systems will be met.
Equipment in the warehouse (such as robots) will be optimized.
Engineer Paul Crimm summed up the implications of 5G for warehouses:
“There is no lag. The bandwidth is high. There are no wires. “There are no cables.”
In automated warehouses, sailors, conveyor belts, and truck unloaders currently rely on tethered communication cables.
5G will remove that equipment from being tethered, allowing optimal configuration possibilities to increase productivity.
Warehouses are also safer because of the lack of latency. The equipment may be controlled from anywhere globally, and adjustments can be made in real-time.
According to Paul, the warehouse environment will no longer be constrained by today’s perspective.
He added, “Even the definition of what an automated warehouse looks like varies.” “It’s almost like a catalyst that’s going to shift our perceptions of what these solutions are.”
Digital tools allow workers to stay connected at all times.
Workers will rely on technology to execute their tasks as sectors undergo digital change.
5G connectivity brings internet-based computing or gadgets closer to endpoints and systems, including plant workers.
“If I have a tablet or mobile-platform-based application that needs to connect to a back-end system in the cloud somewhere,” Mukesh Kumar, a Honeywell Forge expert, explained, “that communication will be considerably faster and far more dependable.” He has approximately two decades of expertise in equipment and network services, including developing IoT platforms.
Consider just a few of the mobile applications field workers require, such as video conferencing with specialists and colleagues and real-time data access via artificial reality and virtual reality platforms. These acts must also provide a positive user experience and be secure.
“With 5G, it will now be possible,” Mukesh added.
Utilities can broaden options.
With 5G, utilities will add new functions to serve their customers better quickly.
The wireless technology will deliver a reliable and secure IoT network. Energy businesses will be able to optimize their operations due to this. It will also make the integration of smart meters, which is a new type of sophisticated metering, more accessible. It will also hasten grid modernization, which involves upgrading the electricity grid’s equipment to modern standards.
Utilities will use near real-time information from a device to the cloud with 5G. This will help increase robustness and give customers more valuable insights into saving energy by automating and optimizing energy resources more efficiently.
Honeywell and Verizon have formed a partnership to accelerate the adoption of smart power grid technologies.
Ann Perreault, director of linked utilities for Honeywell Smart Energy, said, “Utilities now have a new avenue to exploit LTE IoT connection and strong Verizon Managed Connectivity services.”