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The IoT In The 5G Era of Industry 4.0
Source:Original | Author:C&T RF Antennas Inc | Publish time: 2020-08-29 | 475 Views | Share:

The Internet of Things (IoT) will have an impact on almost all industries, but it will have the greatest impact on the manufacturing industry. In fact, the Internet of Things has the potential to transform traditional linear systems into dynamic interconnected systems, and maybe the biggest driving force for the transformation of factories and other facilities.

Like other industries, the Internet of Things in the manufacturing industry and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strive to be realized through wireless connections and technologies that support it.

Today, the Internet of Things relies on low power consumption and long-distance, and the narrowband (NB) standard solves this problem. NB connectivity can support many IoT use cases, including event detectors, smart trash cans, and smart metering. Industrial applications include asset tracking, logistics tracking, machine monitoring, etc.

But as 5G connections continue to be built nationwide, a whole new level of speed, efficiency, and performance will help unlock new IoT use cases.


5G will be used for higher data rate transmission and ultra-low latency requirements. In fact, a 2020 report by Bloor Research pointed out that the future of 5G, edge computing, and the Internet of Things are key drivers of Industry 4.0.

For example, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the IIoT market is expected to grow from US$68.8 billion in 2019 to US$98.2 billion in 2024. What are the main factors that are expected to drive the IIoT market? More advanced semiconductors and electronic equipment, as well as more use of cloud computing platforms-both of which will be driven by the 5G era.

On the other hand, according to a report by BloorResearch, if there is no 5G, there will be a huge network gap in the realization of Industry 4.0-not only in providing connections for billions of IoT devices, but also in terms of transmitting and processing the massive amount of data that will be generated.

The challenge is not just bandwidth. Different IoT systems will have different network requirements. Some devices will require absolute reliability, where low latency is essential, while other use cases will see that the network must cope with a higher density of connected devices than we have seen before.