In just a couple of years, the fifth generation of mobile networks will be commercially available, with the promise of better connections, faster speeds and lower latency for those who live in a hyperconnected world. Its processing power, for example, has the potential to take us to the touch web, the vision of an internet world in which a computer on the network can intercept and feel the simple touch captured by a sensor.
5G technology is more than the next step in the evolution of the connection. Its incredibly faster speed, its greater bandwidth and its greater availability have the potential to transform all sectors. Since all countries plan their full commercialization by 2020, this connectivity has the potential to transform the way companies operate, from how they manage their day-to-day communications to the use of smarter business applications and the creation of opportunities for organic growth. .
Imagine printers, televisions, freezers and coffee makers integrated into a global network, able to charge instantly for the services that customers choose and consume. The 5G will be a transformer for companies in the broadest sense of the word and product designers are already rubbing their hands in anticipation of a new era in communications.
How everyday technology will evolve in urban life after 5G
Higher speed, lower latency and greater capacity could make ultra-high definition video on the fly, virtual reality and other advanced applications possible. Even business applications as simple as telephone conferences have the potential to be renewed.
The broadband needed to allow this type of technology has not been commercially viable until the last five years and its geographical coverage has been limited. But in the future, the availability of more speed, mobility and capacity will make possible an evolution of greater draft. We must prepare for the mass adoption of virtual reality technologies, both in the conference room and outside, which will allow remote users to see and interact with each other as if they were in the same room.
But this is not all. Outside the office, the 5G will be used in the smart cities that will proliferate in the future, and in vehicles without driver and in drones of autopilotados that will be able to build new structures without needing to put a scaffold. The greater speed will make possible the permanent connection, allowing the cars and robots to communicate with each other and with the streets, to decide, for example, how much lighting to turn on.
You can receive messages from your town hall about the route of entry to a city with better air quality, depending on the traffic situation or a specific time of the day. And in another vital sector such as healthcare, the 5G will bring a lot of innovations such as robotic telesurgery and personalized medicine, which will work with the data sent by health trackers that the user will wear.
This ability to monitor health could have a great impact on the insurance sector, which will be able to set the price of premiums based on the client's lifestyle. The industrial scale shipping of sensitive data to ubiquitous ecosystems means that IoT security will be a source of large investments in the coming years.
The new 5G cloud
In addition to having a growing role to meet the growing demand for connected devices, 5G networks will also offer the broadband and latency necessary to improve the cloud services of companies. In the future, cloud technology is likely to be stable enough to replace traditional data centers. This reliability of the cloud will also make manufacturers no longer have to include processors or memory in the devices, so the hardware will be increasingly compact. The efficiency in terms of cost for companies could be enormous, because they will no longer need to continuously update the devices to be up to date.
The ubiquitous SIM
Many companies connect to the Internet via WiFi, but this technology is not without its problems. The next generation technology will soon bring 5G SIM, which means that IoT devices can connect without the need for WiFi. This will lay a new foundation in the connectivity of the devices as companies can introduce a SIM in devices that traditionally do not need it, such as cameras, laptops or printers, and can handle them immediately. As its adoption becomes widespread, the functionality of the devices will change again, giving technology companies more reasons to opt for a minimalist strategy.
In addition to practical improvements, eSIMs promise greater security and flexibility so that workers are more mobile, allowing fluid connectivity wherever they work. In the long run, it means that a single user can use several different profiles simultaneously, using a single device.
The 5G not only promises to boost productivity and unleash the full potential of automation, but it will also allow us to explore technologies still in diapers such as virtual reality and augmented reality, which could bring unprecedented transformations. Called to reinvent the lives of consumers and businesses in the future, the 5G is postulated as the backbone of a hypermobile and hyperconnected world that will bring a new wave of exciting news.
Whether it's for an SME or a multinational, a car without a driver or AI in hospitals, access to faster speeds and lower latency can bring improvements at all levels: from the way companies communicate and connect with customers , to daily life in cities and public sectors.
Eva Sánchez-Caballero is business development manager Canon Spain & Portugal