When I first heard about 5G, I thought, “oh cool, another G to make my cell phone experience better!” 5G is so much more than that. It’s going to transform so many industries and ways of working. Given my passion for IoT, I started to think of what can 5G bring to IoT.
5G can be the answer to so many new IoT Use Cases. It can transform cities by deploying smart lights, drones for public safety (not sure I love that), smart parking solutions to name a few. It can also change rural areas and help our farmers globally through crop yield monitoring, milk preservation, soil sensors, weather integration and much more.
Why: 5G uses spectrum within three frequency ranges -sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz, and above 6 GHz- to deliver high speed and widespread coverage across urban and rural areas. It offers speed and scale when it comes to IoT devices. Service Providers need to make the best use of the performance characteristics (such as peak rates, traffic capacity, and latency) of each band to enable the diverse needs of varied use cases.
Benefits: With 5G, the greatest impacts will be on
Partnering across companies who can bring good AI solutions, flexible Cloud options and Secure IoT platforms will be key for IoT providers to bring integrated value to their clients across cities, rural area and around the world.
The world is experiencing a perfect storm of Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and Analytics and IoT.
AI algorithms make sense of the data coming from large numbers of connected devices with cloud providing the compute power. You add to that AI driven automation and IoT systems start to make sense, become real.
One has to start somewhere and I recommend picking some practical use cases, with a real problem to solve and clear benefit expectations. Then do a cost-benefit analysis both short term and long term.
IoT has the potential of making a huge difference in everything we touch and in making this works better! I have seen success stories across multiple industries and use cases ranging from parks, cities, health care, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and many more. The global use cases have also varied though applicable with a slightly different cost benefit in other countries.
IoT is helping farmers in Rwanda from over watering to working with parks in California in tracking mountain bikers and trail usage. These examples demonstrate the diversity of value IoT can deliver.
Every company need an IoT strategy. To apply it or play another role as a provider in the IoT value chain.