IIoT needs to satisfy several requirements and ICT networks are maybe the most important enabler. They integrate the largely increasing number of assets and and people connected, through ultra broadband and intelligent pipe networks features -required to manage Big Data in near real time and enable new levels of operational performance or many remote service business models.
In this sense 5G is a breakthrough realization designed for the IIoT, facilitating heterogeneous services and high volumes of data traffic with low latency, making possible the deployment of more complex solutions such as closed loop applications (decision making, autonomous cars, safety systems, etc) that are not practicable based on current technology standards.
In the following links you can find interviews and information about 5G vision, expectations and requirements and also pilot initiatives related to this hugely important topic.
- Ericsson CEO interview: link
- The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP): https://5g-ppp.eu/
- Huawei, “5G: A Technology Vision”.
- Aalto University – Industrial Internet Campus
Daniel Rojas Acuña is a Solutions Consultant with GE in Chile focusing on big data analytics and IoT for mining applications. Previously he worked as a project engineer for Andritz and as a specialist for remote diagnostics services for ABB. He holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering from Universidad de la Frontera (Chile) and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in control and automation as well as a Dilpoma in Operations Management from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Really good question Nick. Basically 5G is an evolution of 4G and is designed to meet different requirements of IoT in general terms, so I’d say that the main differences are 3:
– The speed is going to be higher: so far some test have reached peak data speed of 12 times more than 4G and is aiming to 10Gbps
– The latency is going to be lower: test have resulted in 2ms for reacting to a data transfer
– The capacity is going to be increased: bye an intelligent use of the spectrum allowing the optimal combination for service required and frequency.
In practice this means that new services will be enabled in a safety way so for example including advanced process control loops runing over non-deterministic control network or smart cars.
Hi Daniel, Really interesting comment. For those of us not so far down the technology curve, could you explain the differences between 4G and 5G in terms of ‘what you can do with it as a practitioner’