Industry sectors that can take advantage of the scale of massive machine type communication in 5G include manufacturing, farming and utilities companies (for resource metering and management); they are expected to be early beneficiaries of 5G device density.
IoT devices attached to machines on the production floor across multiple locations can be expected to relay information through the 5G network, taking advantage of the power of mobile edge computing. Through such implementation of IoT, machines could run in near-autonomous mode unless edge-based artificial intelligence algorithms flag problems. In such cases, 5G should enable predictive maintenance over the preventive or run-to-fail mechanisms that have traditionally been the cornerstones of the industry.
Any industry that requires remote and continuous monitoring of assets—from windmills to gas and water pipes—can benefit from the mMTC model of IoT-enabled technology.
Latency and 5G device density factors also could play a role in making autonomous driving and the smart city a reality. Smart cities need communication at scale among vehicles, traffic lights, parking meters and more. 5G could eventually accommodate the bristling device density that these technologies ride on and enable growth in these sectors, too.
Expect the rapid rise in IoT deployments and associated massive sensorization to increase demand for more reliable communication mechanisms. The increased density of devices calls for a 5G-enabled network that can accommodate the higher load and help realize the true potential of IoT.
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