5G is arguably the first network specification that is primarily designed for enterprises rather than consumers. This means that it is not just about speed and bandwidth – ultra-reliable low latency communication is a vital feature of 5G connectivity, and arguably what really matters is 5G is to become ubiquitous across industrial use cases.
This has major impacts for the IoT use case as well. While IoT has existed and been used well before 5G came on stream, the improved latency performance opens many more use cases. Traditional IoT based on latency time of seconds was suitable for certain industrial applications, but now in industries such as healthcare and autonomous vehicles, this is no longer enough - lag tolerance has to be infinitesimal.
As a result, 5G and the applications it offers are making the ‘smart factory’ a reality. Edge computing and ultra low latency connectivity offered across dedicated network slices make near-real-time production processes possible – and just as importantly for a factory floor, all without the use of wires.
At the recent Layer123 World Congress 2021, Comarch’s Lukasz Mendyk goes into what this means for manufacturers, covering how 5G enables IoT at field level, the challenges for CSPs in offering this service, and how to turn these challenges into wins.