After the frequency allocation to operators, some testing started in big towns: an emerging technology that will change the future industry.

For the world of industry, emerging technologies represent a topic of strategic interest for companies, because the course of innovation takes this form too. The evolutions we will see in the next years will positively affect productive process of companies, optimizing times and improving efficiency.

Starting from this month in our blog, we will try to get a picture on some technologies, which must be considered because in a complex world it is important to know the changes in order to evolve and adapt.

 

5G

We wanted to start with 5G, of which there has been talk recently, before the frequency allocation to operators and most recently with the testing in some big towns such as Milan, Bologna, Turin, Rome and Naples.

Even though this technology will need some years to come into effect completely, 2019 represents the beginning.

Photo by Jan Vašek from Pixabay

5G is the network of the fifth generation for the mobile connections, which will be more powerful, with a very high speed and with much reduced latency time. To have an idea we can count on a download speed of 100 Megabit per second and 50 upload speed with a maximum latency of 4 milliseconds, against 20 of the actual LTE technology.

Another advantage will be the possibility to put online 100 times more devices than the actual ones, with positive impacts on industries in the field of Internet of Things and of Industrial Internet Of Thing. Today devices connected are more and more important and consequently this technology will be the suitable answer for their management.

The Industrial Internet of Things could be combined with the augmented reality, the automatic learning and the artificial intelligence to make a quicker, more economical and safer production in the future.

Photo by Pexels from Pixabay


APPLICATIONS

More specifically, which are the applications of this emerging technology?

It is difficult to make a complete list but some examples concerning the everyday life can be helpful to understand the potential.

For example, let us think to the ICT field, where data transmission costs will decrease thanks to the network capacity 40 times more powerful than the one of 4G. Alternatively, the field of the Public Administration, where the possibilities to prevent natural disasters could increase. If we think to the Health domain in the future more than a few doctors could remotely monitor their patients’ health and foresee possible problems.

Again, in the educational sphere the knowledge could be easily shared and more accessible, also for students with difficulties. In the world of art and in the show business it will be possible to get access easily and quickly to media formats, such as 3D videos or in augmented reality.

In the electricity sector, where also EiQ Industrial operates with the production of enclosures and cabinets, it will be possible to monitor the consumption in real time and avoid waste.

Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


APPLICATIONS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

The Third Generation Partnership Project, association including organizations developing standards for telecommunications, detected 6 application areas for 5G in the industry:

  • Factory automation;
  • Process automation;
  • Development of human machine interfaces;
  • Logistics and stores management;
  • Monitoring of processes and asset;
  • Maintenance based on sensors and data analysis.

All these aspects are connected with other technologies such as the control of moving machines, the communication among different industrial control devices, the mobile control panels that are used to configure, monitor and carry out the maintenance of machinery, robots and whole production lines.

The industry of future with 5G will base on flexibility and versatility of production and logistics, such as on safety, optimization of resources and improvement of quality.

 

Sources: https://anieautomazione.anie.it/osservatorio-dellindustria-italiana-dellautomazione-7/?contesto-articolo=%2Fpubblicazioni%2F#wpcf7-f2587-p2507-o1

https://www.3gpp.org/about-3gpp/about-3gpp