3 ways 5G technology will revolutionize the cities of the future

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5G Technology – Less cable, more cloud

Imagine a world where mobile response time was 400x faster than the blink of an eye. Rather than wait 5 minutes to download a movie, it now takes 5 seconds. This is a world where every smart device speaks to each other in real time without the need for human interjection. This is 5G technology.

Welcome to the fifth generation of mobile communication. This new era harnesses a cellular powerhouse that has 100x the capacity of 4G tech we use today.

This is the networks of all networks. Rather than depend on phone lines and cables, all communication will be shifted to the cloud. However, instead of ushering in a digital utopia, some critics have warned that 5G will deliver huge side effects.

Let’s shift into 5th gear and find out what to expect once we get to the world of the future.

A car that thinks for itself

Tesla might be the first self-driving car company that comes to mind. Both Uber and Google are also looking to design their own models. With all these tech giants moving into the space, autonomous cars will eventually make their way onto our roads and start to drive alongside their predecessors. It may seem strange at first, but that’s what those on horses also thought in the 1900’s.

Relying on cars to ‘think’ for themselves is crucial if we want to ensure safety on our roads. There will be no room for error and all vehicles will need to work in total sync. Cars will need to mimic human reflexes and make decisions within a split-second. Without hyper-speed 5G connection, this wouldn’t be possible.

Not only will cars be able to ‘talk’ to each other, the roads, and everything else around them, they’ll also be able to change their minds. Advanced sensors in cars will track weather conditions, learn about traffic and unexpected road accidents to use that data and coordinate new routes.

Making VR a reality

Even though virtual reality sits at the top of industry buzzwords, it stills fails to live up to its potential. One reason VR hasn’t grabbed customer attention yet isn’t just cost but also graphics and latency issues. 5G will deliver enhancements in field of view, increased pixel density, and most importantly the ability to wear cordless head-mounted displays (HMDs).

The next generation of mobile communication will introduce 8K resolutions and higher framerates of 90+ frames per second. Not only will this account for deeper gameplay immersion, it will also deliver new capabilities of home cinema and sports entertainment.

Although it may not be at Ready Player One level, 5G will radically enhance the VR world and cross those bridges 4G can’t clear. Expect to see a huge shift in the way video games are experienced, opening the industry from thousands of users to millions.

In the moment healthcare

Although health monitoring already exists, 5G technology will take it to the next level. Trackers will send vital statistics in real time and deliver treatment patients need without them stepping foot inside a hospital.

Not only will 5G benefit patients, but also those working inside the hospital. The management and tracking of assets, waiting room efficiency, and remote monitoring of health data will significantly improve medical treatment. Around the clock, always on remote patient assessment could become a reality, improving the lives of people across the world.

On the horizon

5G will be revolutionary in terms of delivering the next phase of digital transformation. This type of speed, efficiency, and intelligence is what we’d expect to see from the next generation of computing intelligence.

Although it’s still in its infancy, global tech giants, forward thinking governments and committed consumers will all play a pivotal role in shaping how the technology rolls out and enters the mainstream.

What technology are you most excited about for when the 5G revolution arrives? Let us know in the comments below.