22nd February 2019
5G… the rollout that we’ve all been waiting for appears to be gathering a bit of momentum now and before we know it, we should all able to take advantage of this, the fifth generation mobile network (hence the 5G moniker), that is being heralded as being seriously faster than previous generation – opening up a whole new world where mobile data is concerned.
The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has just confirmed that the UK’s first live 5G factory trials are now underway, starting at the Worcestershire 5G testbed… so we’re one step closer to smart factories in this country.
This marks the first time that British industry will have made use of this next generation technology, which will allow manufacturers to test out its potential, whether that’s steering a machine remotely or supporting factory floor production.
CEO at Worcester Bosch Carl Arntzen said: “We are delighted to have switched 5G on in our factory and look forward to measuring the productivity gains that will follow. It’s important to our business to have the real time element 5G brings so that we can react in real time in the factory environment to mitigate any losses in output and protect and grow our business bottom line.”
So what else is going on in the wonderful world of 5G technology? Late last year, the first serious trial of 5G smart tourism took place at the historic Roman Baths, where guests were invited to immerse themselves in history using both virtual and augmented reality apps that were enabled by 5G technology.
This particular project will be extended right through to March this year, with further trials set to be held at various locations. While 5G technology is yet to be rolled out for public use and the Roman Baths doesn’t have any plans to offer virtual reality experiences to its visitors, these trials will certainly serve to show how 5G can enable new kinds of experiences for those coming through the doors.
There are all sorts of applications for 5G technology, with a wide range of sectors and industries set to benefit from its rollout. It’s possible, for example, that remote surgery could be facilitated thanks to 5G’s low latency, with surgeons potentially using virtual reality headsets and specialist equipment to control robotic arms and perform operations.
Self-driving cars could also be supported with 5G technology, with the network used to talk to other vehicles and sensors in the surrounding areas, positioned on lampposts and other road-based infrastructure.
From a consumer perspective, 5G will replace the current home internet service, while 5G phones are certainly in the pipeline as well.
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