16 February 2022
The top 5 deployment scenarios with the new mobile communications generation
Bad Homburg, Germany - 16 February 2022 - The spread of the ultra-fast mobile communications standard and, in parallel, the introduction of company-owned 5G networks, so-called campus networks, are still in their infancy. Now 5G may not be relevant to all sectors of the economy - however, numerous industries need the technology if they are to continue generating growth. NTT Ltd, a leading global IT services company, lists the top 5 deployment scenarios.
If companies want to implement business models or processes that need to process high volumes of data at low latency, they rely on 5G. From development to production, from logistics to sales - potential applications exist almost everywhere. Especially in the industrial environment, campus networks with a large ecosystem of providers help to remove previous technological obstacles.
From NTT's perspective, 5G technology can drive innovation in the following areas:
- Smart City. Intelligent parking systems, real-time diagnostics in the event of power outages, or optimized waste disposal - these are just a few examples of what is possible in a networked city. The fundamental basis is 5G, because networking an entire city requires the rapid sending and evaluation of huge amounts of data. Another area of application for 5G is smart grids. These intelligently controlled power grids ensure that the exact amount of electricity needed is generated at any given time - ideally down to the watt. The prerequisite is that the countless, spatially widely distributed sensors, devices and systems are networked in real time, which is possible with 5G technology. At the same time, 5G is significantly more energy-efficient in use compared with previous generations of mobile communications.
- Autonomous vehicles. The 5G standard is also necessary for future mobility concepts such as autonomous driving. Only if a passenger car is continuously supplied with information from the outside can smooth transportation and maximum safety for all road users be guaranteed. 5G enables real-time communication with other vehicles as well as with infrastructure such as signs and traffic lights. In the event of a dangerous situation, the car is forewarned and reacts completely independently in a millisecond. In the fleet management of logistics companies, 5G enables precise control - in the event of a problem, autonomous transport systems select an alternative route to continue supplying production with materials.
- Industry 4.0: By networking a wide variety of machines, production steps can be better coordinated. This applies both within the company and between different companies involved in production. The result is optimal utilization of plant capacity and faster delivery. Another 5G option is the monitoring of critical equipment: This includes sensors for temperature, humidity, pressure, voltage, and the status of controllers and control valves. In addition, 5G can be used to satisfy the data hunger and latency requirements of technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. Instead of waiting for an appointment with a service technician, repairs are simply done "by yourself" via data glasses and video transmission.
- Telemedicine. In healthcare, 5G can significantly improve care for the chronically ill by transmitting patient data in real time using mobile devices for analysis. This enables physicians to intervene in good time in the event of critical values. At the same time, costs can be saved because fewer doctor visits are necessary and hospital visits are shortened. The same applies to emergency care: Through real-time transmission of clinical data, the attending physicians at the hospital are already informed about the patient's condition before he or she arrives; in severe cases, this time saving can even save lives. In addition, 5G technology can be used to perform operations from a great distance. In this case, a doctor assists either via video link or with the help of virtual reality applications.
- Retail. A digital mirror combined with a 5G network enables the use of augmented reality and virtual reality solutions in stores. Customers have the opportunity to visualize the new outfit in combination with various accessories - whether shoes, bags or jewelry. 5G technology also enables state-of-the-art inventory mapping and coordinated fleet management.
"Often, technical issues and bandwidth aspects dominate the discussion around 5G. We need to move away from this discussion and towards an understanding of what innovative use cases and possibilities are possible through the use of the latest mobile generation and even 6G in the future," emphasizes Kai Grunwitz, Managing Director of NTT Ltd. in Germany. "A lot of it sounds like science fiction today, but it will become reality within the next few years and change the economy, society and our lives."
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