5G: The Future Communication Standard
5G is a network that combines terrestrial and mobile networks at incredible speeds. Unlike past technological advances, which focussed only on increasing broadband width and speed, 5G supports a wide range of use cases and could see a revamped set of standards and a whole new range of products enter the market.
- 5G transforms communications, providing a level of reliability and speed that current mobile networks cannot match
- 5G considerably speeds up industrial processes, making them more flexible
- 5G optimises production processes and improves safety procedures by deploying wireless sensors to access relevant digital information from the production environment
- 5G is the foundation of the Internet of Things (IoT)
5G: Why Now?
Ports and terminals need to be fully aware of developments in 5G as early as possible to avoid losing future business. It is only a matter of years until 5G sensors will render everything connected. Shipping liners and logistics providers are set to take advantage of 5G, meaning ports and terminals must be ready to link seamlessly into the chain.
Ports around the world are already trialling 5G networks, with ports in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and China volunteering as testbeds to try out 5G in a diverse and dynamic industrial environment. The results of these tests are highly relevant to the port operations of tomorrow.