IoT Deployments- With digital transformation in full swing, the number of connected devices is increasing at a fast pace. IDC Data predicts 152,200 connected IoT devices every minute by the year 2025. While this translates to more data and, subsequently, more avenues to improve efficiency, a robust network is necessary for this data exchange. The fifth-generation wireless technology has features that will not only support high-speed mobile communication but also make IoT data transfer more efficient. Let’s look at these features in contrast with the existing 4G network:
- A higher band throughput
- 100 times faster than the current network
- 25 times lower latency (lag)
- The ability to support a massive scale for IoT communications. It is estimated to connect about 1 million IoT devices per square kilometer which is a thousand times more than now.
- A 90% reduction in power consumption, guaranteeing up to 10 years of battery life in low-powered IoT devices.
- Provide network slicing ability. In simple terms, network slicing means running multiple logical networks as virtually independent operations on shared physical infrastructure. Network slicing will give businesses the flexibility to design their network system according to their requirements, such as low latency over a higher bandwidth or more device connections over low latency.
All these features make the 5G network adaptable to the external environment, unlike its predecessors, which has limited network flexibilities.
Now that we know the capabilities of 5G let’s check how it will revolutionize various sectors when combined with the Internet Of Things.
5G will take Industry 4.0 to the next level. The extensive real-time data collected can improve quality control by identifying defects faster. The wide mobility, low latency, and high (mission-critical) reliability required in production automation and autonomous vehicle control in open-pit mining are only possible in the ultra-reliable 5G network. Also, in manufacturing setups, often radio links from traditional network layouts get blocked because of metal structures and barriers. A cellular-based positioning system deploys multiple Transmission/Reception Points (TRPs) within a facility which can interact with the machine from various directions. So, even if one path gets blocked, signals can come from other directions, creating a signal redundancy and preventing loss of communication.