How 5G and IoT work together

The Internet of Things(IoT) is a large network that connects devices beyond only computing devices. IoT includes everything from sensors, cameras, vehicles, assembly lines and more. IoT data combine computing power of the cloud to feed an AI engine. This AI engine can deliver insight and new levels of machine-to-machine coordination which will improve lives and boost economic growth.

Why 5G and IoT?

IoT devices will generate more than 50% of data around the world by 2025, according to research done from IDC. This transmission of data worldwide will require a strong wireless transmission to succeed. This is where 5G comes. 5G provides wireless capacity that is 1000 times stronger than its 4G predecessor.

5G will use ultra-reliable low-latency communication that will unlock transformative use cases in various applications in infrastructure and manufacturing systems. 5G will take IoT to the next level as it will allow IoT to deliver real-time intelligence while keeping the data local.

Both technologies will be able to complement each other very well and this will be beneficial to many businesses around the world. 5G networks will offer benefits to manufacturers with its high level of speed, latency, reliability and security. 5G is designed to be as fast as fiber optic cables, with a cheaper cost and more flexibility. 5G will also enable IoT devices to integrate into consolidated platforms making it easy for devices to connect and communicate with each other.

How can 5G and IoT be beneficial for business?

5G and IoT will bolster many businesses once it is implemented. Firstly,  5G will make it easy to share data around the world. Many IoT devices will be connected through the 5G network and this will enable business to gather more precise untapped data. Secondly, 5G and IoT will also create more productive manufacturing opportunities. IoT devices will be able to use vision-based inference (cameras) and this will open up possibilities from safer cities to boost manufacturing for companies. Finally, 5G and IoT will provide real-time optimization for businesses. 5G will allow IoT, edge and cloud to work together to distribute computing resources to meet demand needs. IoT applications will also be able to optimize consistently and to enable time-sensitive IoT applications.

How can 5G and IoT be used across different industries?

IoT vendors are going to be able to cater to a variety of industries

There are a multitude of ways that 5G and IoT can be used across industries. This includes:

  • Seamless Retail
    • Retailers will be able to instantly updates inventories, enhance their security and check out customers without a checkout line
  • Manufacturing
    • Manufacturing machines will be able to speed up processes, monitor the supply chains, easily calibrate equipment and perform repetitive tasks
    • IoT will provide manufacturers with less machine downtime, higher product quality, convenient maintenance and more informed decision making.
    • The role of wireless technologies will also increase as issues of vibration, sound, heat (etc…) will be eliminated through the partnership of 5G and IoT.
  • Smarter Cities
    • 5G will connect communities where traffic systems, first responder, municipal service and transit IoT devices can react to one other for improved service
  • Connected Health
    • 5G and IoT will make it easier to utilize diagnostic imaging technology that can leverage powerful computer vision and cloud analysis to improve overall healthcare

What are some other characteristics of 5G and IoT?

Other characteristics of 5G and IoT include:


  • Very fast data-transfer speeds:


    • 5G will be 10x faster than current LTE networks and this will allow IoT devices to communicate and share data at a high rate
    • This will reduce lag and improve speed in which devices can receive data and notifications


  • Network Reliability


    • The increase in speed will allow networks to establish more stable connections, more devices will also be able to connect on the 5G network
    • This means that devices will have high-speed connectivity, low latency and a greater coverage, making the IoT network stronger than ever before


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