5th Generation technology massive benefit to smart homes
Anyone interested in IoT gadgets, gizmos and smart home software can’t help but have noticed all the furore about the impending arrival of 5th Generation technology (5G) that is said to offer a massive benefit to smart homes everywhere.
It is said that once it is up and running, it will offer unrivalled performance due to vastly increased speed, density (the number of people who can exist on the network with no congestion issues being caused) and latency (the time it takes the info to reach you online, once it has been requested).
Here we take a closer look at 5G’s characteristics and how they are set to revolutionise how we interact with the internet and what optimal operation looks like in smart home software and IoT networks.
The capacity that 5G offers is way over and above what exists currently with 3G and 4G, with not only speeds of up 100 times that of existing cell networks possible, but with latencies measured in the milliseconds, rather than seconds. This also means that many more people can use the 5G network at the same time, without having any detrimental effect on performance.
So, when you’re talking about speed, every metric that is used to measure how fast a connection is, shows a significant uplift, meaning that home IoT device and smart home software performance should also be majorly improved.
One thing that we do know for certain is that 5G works on much higher frequencies, which is the main reason why its potential is that much higher than its predecessors. However, this does present its only problems as its range its much shorter and it can be disrupted more easily by buildings and trees. The reliability of 5G is achieved by beaming signals direct to the consumer or by bouncing them around obstructions.
So, with a little thought and ingenuity from service providers, 5G should be every bit as reliable as 3G & 4G and offer speeds in excess of what most people currently receive through their home landline connections. This will make a world of difference to the latency of smart home software -based devices and when it comes to those used for home security, like smart doorbells and window sensors, the speed at which notifications are triggered is critical.
When Can We Expect it?
We would love to be able to say that 5G technology is literally just around the corner, but it doesn’t seem that its rollout is imminent. Whilst companies like AT&T are proposing to launch 5G services later in 2019, it’s not clear whether they are simply augmenting and boosting existing 4G services an just giving it a new name. Right now, there seems to be a polar divide between those who simply can wait for 5G arrive and the major device manufacturers who have gone a bit quiet on the subject.
In reality, we will most probably be well into the next decade before we see 5G realised in the way that we all hope it will be. Before then, we can expect a good deal more smoke and mirrors as the big companies vying for 5G market share jostle for position.
We will let you know when we hear more on the subject.
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