Combining 5G, AI, and IoT will help companies collect more data, analyze it more quickly, make more accurate predictions, and rapidly take action.

Principal Analyst with Gartner, about how 5G will affect data analytics and IoT technology. Well, our expectation is that, even though IoT eventually will be a huge part of what 5G is going to create benefits for, in the next several years, it’s going to be relatively limited. So right there, you’re looking at over 70% are going to be accounted for by two applications that benefit from really high data speeds and a lot of data throughput and, to a certain extent, an improvement in latency.

The IoT specific elements that rely on things like massive machine-type communications and ultra-low latency high reliability are going to unfold in a longer-term than that. The ability, over time, to evolve that to a 5G deployment means you can support more of those endpoints and you can collect a lot more data and have that much higher level of determinism because of the low latency. So, if you have a facility that needs to retool every couple of years, then the idea that you’re going to be able to move around those pieces of machinery without having to rerun cable in order to get that same type of broadband connectivity to all your sensors and control endpoints on that machinery, that’s a huge benefit. You can already do that with 4G, but as those endpoints are enabling much more sophisticated operations in that machinery, the availability of 5G and the fact that you’re going to be able to operate it with a pretty high level of quality of service versus, say, an alternative like Wi-Fi, that’s where you’re going to start seeing those benefits.

And see, those are known use cases, right now though, when you think about 5G, the expectation is they’re going to be new use cases that emerge that we really haven’t even thought of yet. Those are things that came up as it became clear, especially as developers were able to really work with the networks, what was going to be possible, and we fully expect that some new implementations in IoT will emerge that really maybe even isn’t on the radar yet. So yeah, autonomous vehicles. Yeah, high-resolution medical imaging.


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