5G and IoT: The Perfect Match?

The era of fifth-generation wireless connectivity (5G) is all set to revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT). Expected to surpass 3 billion devices, there’s a growing need for enterprises to gather, managing, and analyzing data using IoT. The 5G network can help organizations deal with the high-speed connectivity requirements for the data-intensive IoT machines and cloud platforms efficiently than current 4G and LTE services.

5G and IoT

It is not that the 4G network and LTE services are not able to achieve connectivity requirements for IoT devices at all. But with the help of 5G connectivity, you can achieve a high level of performance by IoT running your operations.

Here are the advantages of how 5G improves connectivity for the Internet of Things devices.

1. Speeds up data transmission

You can consider IoT devices as an industrial hit since these devices are instantly connected with each other. This includes all the modern software, hardware, web or mobile applications, and even smartphones and smart devices. The connection success depends on how fast these devices share and exchange data with one another. Here, the 5G network plays a significant role in speeding up the data transition rate from one device to another or all devices connected.

Hence, 5G efficiently links data-intensive Internet of Things devices than do LTE or 4G. If you talk about smart home and industrial applications and devices, 5G network allows devices to minimize lag time and fast-track the network performance that helps devices to send or receive information. Therefore, ensuring 10 times faster data sharing speed for all home and industrial IoT devices.

2. Reduces latency rate

Reduces latency rateLatency rate should matter you to when your IoT devices perform business-critical activities that must go on continuously. With 4G connectivity, the latency rate capacity for your devices is almost around milli-seconds in one digit. However, 5G networks help you lower latency up to micro milli-seconds. It helps increase the responsiveness and reliability of IoT devices in exchanging information with one and another.

3. Provides faster and wider coverage

Provides faster and wider coverageAs technology advances, the internet of things world is growing rapidly with a huge number of devices and applications being connected to the internet. The 4G network at this point may underperform in connecting and integrating these devices loaded with data. Consequently, affecting the actual capacity and capabilities of the Internet of Things. But when you connect 5G with IoT, the strength of both helps accelerate the devices connected online.

One of the promising benefits of a 5G connection is that it provides you with a multi-band spectrum option. The multi-band spectrum feature helps in enhancing the coverage rate. Hence, wider coverage is provided regardless of the areas (urban or rural). Your IoT devices can reduce the time required for transferring data to other IoT devices with much greater coverage provided by 5G. This will help you save time and invest that time in an efficient critical decision-making process.

4. Provides greater capacity

Even though IoT devices do not require a lot of bandwidth individually but together they can use a large scale of capacity when transferring data. Today, the ever-growing digitization and automation of processes require every machine to uplift productivity. For example, as a fleet manager, you would want to enhance your productivity by automating heavy off-road machines and reduce the overall cost of the operation. To bring this idea to life you would require a greater capacity network that will connect with a number of IoT machines and applications at a time to a reliable connection. The deployment of a 5G connection allows you to connect the equipment online with a greater wireless capacity and operate the activity remotely.

5. Provides network reliability

Provides network reliability

IoT machines require a reliable and stable connection for speedy transmission of data among each other. But devices like security locks and cameras or any monitoring tool which is receiving real-time updates require a comprehensive reliable system. These critical IoT applications demand a responsive and uninterrupted network. Therefore, 5G connectivity significantly fulfills the network requirements of the IoT world. But before embracing 5G technology, enterprises must prepare themselves with IoT machines and applications that are compatible with this next-generation network.

Potential for 5G-IoT network

The 5G-IoT combo is becoming the talk of the town and will only continue to gain traction in the coming years. A lot of industries hold great potential for 5G IoT implementation in their operations. Industries that are ready to embrace 5G connectivity for their IoT applications include agriculture, autonomous transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and mining.

Let’s explore how 5G implementation is enhancing the data transmission capacity of IoT machines and devices in the healthcare, production/manufacturing, and automotive industries.

  • Healthcare Industry

5G and IoT

The Healthcare industry holds the most potential for 5G connectivity enhancing IoT healthcare devices. The patient’s applications can be used remotely, outside the hospital or clinic environment with 5G network. For example precision medicine, telemedicine, virtual consultation to the patients. Surgeons can efficiently perform remote surgeries with reliable and fast 5G IoT devices, something that 4G networks do not guarantee.

  • Auto Industry

The introduction of smart vehicles and connected cars has revolutionized the automobile industry. These smart-sensor vehicles have made the internet of things circle wider with their inception. The connected automobiles function efficiently with reliable, stable, and fast 5G networks. According to the research, the auto industry will be the fastest-growing market by 2023 for IoT solutions based on 5G-connectivity.

As mentioned before, off-road heavy fleet machines and vehicles are moving towards digitization. 5G connectivity supports it by providing efficient IoT solutions to these smart vehicles in conducting remote operations. Therefore, as a fleet manager, you would want to enhance your productivity by automating heavy off-road machines and reduce the overall cost of the operation.

  • Manufacturing Industry

Like all the production and manufacturing industry is also experiencing the era of digital transformation. The emerging technology trends are being adopted by different industries for improving operational efficiency and overall business model. The 5G networks help you integrate multiple manufacturing machines with another to speed the data transmission rate. This new connectivity makes sure that IoT devices are able to collect data with a secure and reliable network with a lower latency rate for efficient workflow.

It can help you in advance predictive maintenance of your machines, maximize productivity by precision monitoring and control. Lastly, provides HD video sharing services without latency for operational training of workers in maintenance activities using augmented reality (AR) gadgets.

Wrap Up

Coming years, there will be huge pressure on the IoT system since the internet of things environment will become populated. The 5G connectivity will be the only solution for IoT devices to confront the reliability, speed, and network stability or latency challenges for improving operational efficiency and performance.

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