Patrick Callaghan, strategic business advisor, DataStax, explains how 5G and IoT increases demand for distributed data
5G and IoT-With all the talk of self-driving cars and automated drone deliveries, it is easy to forget that the Internet of Things has been around for years. Even before the term “Internet of Things” was first created in 1999, enterprising computer science students had automated processes to improve their experience. One of the first “internet-connected” devices was the Coca Cola machine at Carnegie Mellon University in the 1970s, where students could check how many bottles were in the machine and how cold they were before walking down to buy a bottle.
What has changed over time is how many devices are connected and how much data they create. For example, Traxens uses data from sensors within shipping containers to provide insight into where each container is located, alongside other data like temperature and humidity levels. This insight into data has helped Traxens deliver more accurate data to its clients in the shipping and rail sectors, as well as flagging opportunities to improve efficiency and save costs across different locations.
So, what will change in the future with the advent of 5G? How will this make a big difference to companies and increase the adoption of IoT? And how will companies use 5G and IoT together to scale up their businesses?
The potential for 5G – more connections, more data
With low latency and higher bandwidth, 5G, the next generation of mobile data infrastructure, will provide a fillip to applications benefiting from IoT data. According to Gartner, 66% of organisations plan to deploy 5G by 2020. Meanwhile, 59% say they will include IoT communications in the use-case for 5G.
IHS Markit estimates the number of IoT devices will rise from 27 billion in 2017 to 73 billion in 2025. Popular use cases will include environmental monitoring, smart metering, inventory intelligence, and operator productivity, says Capgemini. Use cases for 5G and IoT are continually expanding – as part of the UK government’s nationally coordinated trials, for example, the 5G RuralFirst programme has put 5G collars on cows to control a robotic milking system.