5G is more than super-fast broadband, it has the potential to change everything from transport to agriculture.
For starters, there’s the part it can play in your commute. Self-driving cars have been on the radar for a while, but with a 5G network they could become reality.Industry players claim 5G can be 100 times faster than 4G and that a huge number of devices will be able to connect to the network simultaneously. This will enable vehicles to talk to each other in real time: they’ll know when another car is changing lanes or braking and can adjust to manage traffic accordingly.
The benefits of 5G do not stop there. The network could also have environmental impacts when used in smart agriculture. David Houghton, general manager of Asset Tracking Solutions at NimbeLink, tells CNN how 5G and the Internet of Things can help protect honeybees, and in turn the world’s food supply.
“Beehives are valuable and as such they are in demand, so hive keepers need to protect them. So, they use asset trackers to essentially monitor the health of the hive,” he says.