How 5G will Power the Future Internet of Things
Imagine taking a trip to a cabin in the woods to get some work done and have a mini-vacation. Today, given our need for wireless connection, thatâ€™s a sketchy proposition.
Youâ€™ve got GPS in your rental car, plus your laptop, your smartphone, maybe a tablet or a smartwatch. But what if thereâ€™s no cable? What if thereâ€™s no Wi-Fi connection? What if the cellular connection is weak?
Forget Googling nearby attractions, getting email or streaming a movie. Maybe it will work, but maybe not.
WithÂ 5G technology, getting and staying connected will get easier, said Aicha Evans, Intelâ€™s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Communication and Devices Group. While youâ€™ll still need a strong provider and robust network, your devices will learn to do things like sync or pair automatically.
â€œI call 5G basically the fusion of all of the wireless technology,â€ said Evans. This convergence of existing networks â€” 2.5G, 3G, 4G, LTE or Wi-Fi â€” will transform the way we communicate and interact with the world.
At Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco Aug 18th â€“ 20th, Evans and Sandra Rivera, Vice President and General Manager of Intelâ€™s Network Platforms Group, will discuss the ways in which 5G will enable a variety of new capabilities including powering the ever-growing Internet of Things (IOT).
Currently, most of our communications are on a single mode transmission â€” you search for something, it comes back to you. You call someone, you have that communication back and forth.
With 5G technology, communications will become interactive and responsive.
Evans believes that by 2020, when 5G will come online globally, some 50 billion â€œthingsâ€ will be connected. Think of self-driving cars that have capabilities to communicate with traffic lights, smart city sensor systems, savvy home appliances, industrial automation systems, connected health innovations, personal drones, robots and more.
All of these things will need to connect wirelessly to the internet.
â€œ5G will make the internet of things more effective, more efficient from a spectral efficiency standpoint,â€ said Evans. â€œEach IOT device and network will use exactly and only what it needs and when it needs it, as opposed to just whatâ€™s available.â€
Today, Evans estimates that about 30 to 40 percent of the worldâ€™s population is connected in one way or another.
â€œWe hope that over the next 10 to 20 years a hundred percent of the population will be connected,â€ she said. This equates to 8 or 9 billion more people demanding network capabilities.
â€œThis is how people will get educated, this is how people will have access to information,â€ she said.
Our current networks will not go away, they will funnel into 5G, updating along with devices and technologies.Â Evans predicts thatÂ things that took seconds, minutes or even days to load or send will be delivered in milliseconds when 5G technology becomes available.
How all this data is stored and managed is going to be a challenge for the industry, one Intel is tackling from and end-to-end approach, using its computing, networking and wireless communications expertise across the network
â€œWe think that this is going to be the underpinning of the next wave of the modern economy because thereâ€™s just going to be tons of data going around,â€ said Evans.
As Evans and Rivera will show at IDF, by partnering with equipment and device manufacturers, network operators, service providers, academic institutions and others, Intel is working with the industry to solve key technical challenges across all of the systems.
Evans is often quoted saying, â€œEverything that computes connects.â€ As everything in our lives becomes more connected â€” from our fitness trackers and cars to robotic manufacturing plants and banking â€” our cultural landscape will change.
â€œThe home that my kids and their grandkids will live in is going to be totally different,â€ said Evans. While Evans doubts that internet access will ever be entirely free, it will get to a point where itâ€™s a hundred percent accessible.
â€œI think the capabilities enabled by 5G are going to revolutionize how we live our lives,â€ she said.
Visitors to IDF can join Aicha Evans and Sandra Riveraâ€™s mega session, which includes a panel of industry experts who will discuss 5G and how the next generation of mobile networking will power entirely new categories of applications and user experiences. Aicha and Sandra will also be taking live questions from Twitter with the hashtags #IDFQA and #IDF15. Those unable to attend the session, can watch a replay via webcast here.