For engineers as well as non-engineers, it’s important to understand the relationship between 5G technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IoT refers to the millions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. The 5G wireless network provides much of the architecture necessary for efficient interconnectivity.
Another way of looking at it: The Internet of Things is 5G’s partner in creating a more interconnected world.
In recent years, IoT and 5G technologies have matured to the point where business decision makers can evaluate the benefits of using them together in their digital strategy. They are finding that these technologies are more powerful when they both form a coherent part of their investment planning.
IoT and 5G together play a crucial role by enabling the enterprise to connect all stages of the planning-to-sales process in a continuous loop, in which data is fed to analysts and decision makers from sensors installed throughout the operations of the manufacturers, its suppliers and, in some cases, its customers.
Data no longer flows in a straight line but back and forth throughout a multidimensional ecosystem, enabling producers to respond quickly to potential breakdowns, shifts in customer demand, or constantly changing vendors.
Thanks to IoT devices, massive amounts of data are collected, enabling manufacturers armed with predictive analytics to undertake preventive maintenance and to plan to retool for product redesigns whenever the need arises. In addition to optimizing manufacturing processes, the newly flexible global ecosystem means that fully customizable manufactured products are no longer a distant goal, but are now within grasp.
Both IoT devices and 5G capabilities are expanding rapidly.The number of connected devices is set to increase to 3.2 billion by 2023. While there are a number of factors contributing to this rise, one of the most important will be the development of 5G networks, which go a long way toward improving the performance and reliability of these connected devices.
Take 5G data-transfer speeds, which are increasing significantly. There is a direct correlation between fast data-transfer speeds and IoT devices communicating and sharing data rapidly. The success of one feeds into the success of the other.
In addition to speed, 5G networks operate more reliably creating more stable connections. Having a reliable and stable network conditions is extremely important for any IoT, but especially for connected devices like locks, security cameras, and other monitoring systems that depend on real-time updates.
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