As 5G broadband begins to rollout across the U.S., it not only introduces users to a faster internet, it also brings with it new technology architectures designed to further enable 5G networks in the future.
The development of 5G technology was necessitated because carriers worldwide were looking for solutions to cope with the ever growing demand of mobile data.
One of those architectures is called device-to-device (D2D) communications, which refers to the communication between devices, which can be cellphones or vehicles. This technique opens new device-centric communication that often requires no direct communication with the network infrastructure.
This is good because D2D architecture is expected to solve at least part of the network capacity issue as 5G promises more devices to be connected in faster, more reliable networks.
The difference 5G and D2D makes is significant. Take autonomous vehicles. Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) is often tied with 802.11p, which is the Wi-Fi standard specific to the automotive industry that has led the next generation of connected cars.
However, the challenge with 802.11p is that it will only talk to cars that can transceive its protocol. Although the technology relays information such as safety-related messages to promote safe driving, it doesn’t work with cars that don’t carry WLANp.
An important thing to understand about the new 5G technology is that it’s not just about faster smartphones. In fact, tech specialists are now referring to 5G as the post-smartphone era.
Higher speeds and lower latency will make new experiences possible in augmented and virtual reality, connected cars, the smart home and where machines need to talk to one another continually and without lag.
There are few areas of our lives that 5G will not impact, especially because this technology allows for expanded interconnectivity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. A sampling of game changing advances, include:
- Smart Cities
- Smart Grids
- Autonomous vehicles
- Remote medical surgery and monitoring
- Remote control of heavy machinery
- Drone control and coordination
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