4G data speeds have stimulated innovation in music and TV on the move
The release of 4G cellular data speeds starting in around 2012 has stimulated innovation at a rate never before seen. We now consider it common to subscribe to services like Spotify, which give us what we want on the move, where previously, we would listen to music far more, while at home on CDs we’d bought ourselves. There is life in 4G networks yet and the data speeds available are stimulating innovation even now, 6 years on from release. Mobile TV, fueled by AI, 4G (Top OVO Mobile Plans) is now the new frontier.
Now, here comes 5G and with it, the Internet of Things
5G is next. (Click to see What is 5G and how does it work) The next generation of mobile data, will start to become available in 2020, and will allow up to one million devices to be concurrently connected to each cellular network tower. The capacity has been built in anticipation of the coming ‘Internet OfThings’, (IoT) a once in a generation proliferation of internet access.
The IoT will change the world in ways as fundamentally as BlackBerry and the modern smartphone did. However, this time, instead of connecting people to the internet, we’ll be connecting every physical asset you, companies and the government owns. The efficiency and economic benefits will run I the trillions, give artificial intelligence the fuel is needs to get smart and help humanity solve problems we never knew we could.
How 5G will find its way in to your life
Examples of the new capabilities are hard to come by. The concept is nebulous and ethereal. To understand how the IoT will affect our day to day lives, here are 5 Internet of Things solutions we will likely see delivered first.
- Internet Connected Traffic Lights:We all know the feeling of being sat, engine idling, at traffic lights with no other vehicles visible around. It’s a waste of time. Connecting Traffic Lights to the internet, linked to cameras which monitor traffic flows and automated systems to optimize traffic flow is likely to be one of the first public uses of the Internet Of Things and to materially improve congestion in the world’s cities. IoT enabled traffic lights will integrate with autonomous cars, driving in coordinated ways, millimeters apart, at high speeds. The results could reduce commute times and change the wealth in a country by reallocating house equity from city centers where commute time is short, to areas outside the main conurbations where shorter travelling times and the ability to work while the car drives you in, become relatively more attractive.
- Electric Doors:There are already cheap (sub $100) product packages (for example Ring Video Doorbell 2)available which can connect your front door on the internet. Imagine the postman knocking on your door, to deliver a package, while you’re at work. These Internet connected doors allow you to talk to him as if you were there, from your smartphone and, if you’d like to, to pop the door so he can lean in and deposit your delivery before closing the door and moving on.
- Artificial Reality Education: 5G will also benefit from a feature called ‘zero latency’, a key requirement for workable implementations of artificial and augmented reality. Children of school age will be able to attend schools from home, answering questions as if they were there in the flesh, even while separated by large distances from the classroom.
- The Internet of Sheep:Assets can be animals when you’re a farmer. There are already examples of livestock being tracked to provide data which will raise yields. GPS location tracking can deter rustlers (people who steal sheep and other animals from farmers fields) from their illegal activity. There are also examples of farmers using drones to scan their fields to see which areas need watering / providing with fertilizer.
- Health Services:Perhaps more than any other area, health services, informed by the data produced by ever smarter wearable technology, could be the exemplar of an industry which will benefit from internet of things technology. Clever scientists are working on internet connected toilets which can analyze our daily ablutions, to identify potential problems with health and diets. The change is fundamental. With these new dataset, we will move from a break / fix model of healthcare to proactive lifecycle management. Instead of waiting for someone to have a heart attack and then calling an ambulance to treat it, individuals at risk of a heart attack will be warned years early to improve their diet and increase their exercise. If they don’t, when their heart starts to beat erratically, they’ll be told by their wearable to sit down and relax.
The far future is harder to predict
This first tranche of Internet Connected assets is relatively easy for us to understand. However, 5G holds more promise than these simple ideas. In the same way that it was hard to imagine commercial TV being fundamentally challenged by binge watching and Netflix which arose as a result of unlimited fixed broadband data allocations, it is equally hard to anticipate the downstream effects of every physical component of the world worth more than fifty dollars being connected to the internet.