5G In Industrial IoT - The Critical Game Changer for Industry

Published by:
Dipankar Ghosh
11th April 2023

Like consumer IoT gadgets depend on reliable connectivity to work well, so do Industrial IoT devices. From sensors and monitors to equipment such as power plants, heavy machinery, and windmills, smart industrial devices these days rely on high-performing connections to perform their tasks. A robust high-speed network is a must-have for this purpose.

5G can prove to be a game-changer here. Wondering how? Let’s discuss this in detail.

5G can enable faster and more stable connectivity to industrial devices. If you look around, you’d see self-driving vehicles, smart grids for renewable energy, AI-enabled robots on factory floors. All of this benefits from a secure connection provided by 5G.

A wireless Industrial IoT system benefits manufacturing industries in the following ways:
• Reduces costs
• Greater flexibility
• High mobility

The biggest challenge manufacturing industries face is selecting the right wireless technology to offer seamless connectivity between devices. This is where the role of 5G comes in.

The vision for 5G is expressed in the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) standards development organization standards. Until now (I mean 4G), these standards were limited to improving cellular networks.

The three major differences between 4G and 5G are:
• Faster speeds - It is expected that 5G will be 100 times faster than 4G.
• Higher bandwidth - 4G uses a narrow spectrum from 600 MHz to 2.5 GHz, but 5G is divided into three different bands. Each band has its own frequency range and speed.
• Lower latency - Latency is lag time in communications between devices and servers. It is already low in 4G, but 5G will make it virtually zero.

With new 5G standards, operators will enter new markets that will help advance technology in industrial setups. Here are a few areas where 5G technology can transform the industrial IoT.

• Factory automation: 5G networks help manufacturers and telecom operators to automate their processes and optimize their resources. For example, 5G can enable remote control of robots, real-time monitoring of production lines, and predictive maintenance of machines.
• Smart cities: 5G networks can support various applications that make cities smarter and safer. For example, 5G can enable traffic management, waste management, public safety, and environmental monitoring.
• Healthcare: 5G networks can enable telemedicine, remote surgery, and wearable devices that monitor vital signs and alert doctors in case of emergencies.
• Agriculture: 5G networks can enable precision farming, smart irrigation, and livestock tracking. For example, 5G can enable drones to monitor crops, sensors to measure soil moisture, and cameras to detect pests and diseases.

As you can see, 5G has the potential to revolutionize the industrial IoT and create new opportunities for innovation and growth. However, there are also some challenges that need to be addressed before 5G becomes widely available and adopted. These include:

• Cost: Deploying 5G networks requires a huge investment in infrastructure, equipment, and spectrum licenses. Operators need to find ways to reduce the cost and increase the revenue from 5G services.
• Security: 5G networks are more vulnerable to cyberattacks due to their complexity and diversity. Operators need to ensure that their networks are secure and resilient against threats from hackers and malicious actors.
• Regulation: 5G networks involve multiple stakeholders from different sectors and countries. Operators need to comply with various regulations and standards that govern the use of spectrum, data privacy, and interoperability.

In conclusion, 5G is a critical game-changer for the industrial IoT that can bring significant benefits to various industries and sectors. However, it also poses some challenges that need to be overcome before it becomes mainstream. Operators need to work together with regulators, manufacturers, service providers, and customers to ensure that 5G delivers on its promise of transforming the industrial IoT.

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