A data-driven “fourth industrial revolution” has long been predicted. Now, the support for that platform is finally becoming a reality. The long-promised benefits of cyber-physical industrial systems are within sight.
The year 2019 will be remembered as the year that true cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) finally got going.
Nowadays not a week goes by without a new announcement of a new 4G NB-IoT / LTE-M network rollout. Yet the future for industry is already racing towards the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication technology.
5G has potentials of lightning-fast speed, barely noticeable latency (or communication response time) and vastly increased capacity.
All four major U.S. carriers have green-lighted test networks and partial implementations in some cities.
The benefits of marrying the physical world with digital technologies have been discussed for what seems like a generation.
Many industries could use the intelligence collected from connected systems to gain critical insights about their operations and how to make improvements that will make a genuine difference to their bottom line. While 4G is already creating dramatic improvements for industries around the world, it’s 5G that’s creating the greater improvements.