5G will propel the 4th industrial revolution through Inte

ACCORDING to GSMA report, the combination of 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), smart platforms and the Internet of Things (IoT) form the basis of what is called ‘Intelligent Connectivity’.

“With more than 5.1 billion unique subscribers and nearly 9 billion connections globally, mobile is already one of the most widely deployed technology platforms ever.

However, Intelligent Connectivity takes this further and marks the beginning of an era of highly contextualised and personalised experiences, underpinned by ubiquitous hyper connectivity” the report states.

Forecasts-as stated by the report- indicate that that there will be more than 1.3 billion 5G connections globally by 2025, covering 40% of the global population. 5G networks will underpin this revolution.

The potent combination of 5G, artificial intelligence, smart platforms and the Internet of Things will change the world.

Here are some of the 10 exciting services and experiences-the GSMA report stated-that could be enabled by intelligent connectivity:

Entertainment gets rich and social. With 5G, digital entertainment is set become both richer and more social. High-speed wireless connectivity will deliver 4K and 8K video, holograms, augmented reality and virtual reality applications for gaming and immersive TV, while bringing people together to enjoy live events, such as sports and concerts. 5G could enable spectators to enjoy a 360-degree view from anywhere in the venue.

Safe and swift transportation – Vehicles and bikes will relay their position to other road users in real-time, enabling intelligent connectivity to instruct vehicles when to slow down and when to accelerate, thereby removing the need for traffic lights, speed cameras and other systems.

The dawn of Industry 4.0 – Intelligent connectivity is set to drive a fourth industrial revolution in which computers and robots continually optimise production and maintenance in highly flexible factories and plants. 5G will deliver ultrareliable and low latency connectivity by employing edge computing and network slicing, which allows specific services to be prioritised.

Reliable remote control – In both their personal and professional lives, individuals are going to have much closer control over their assets. Tactile Internet applications will become increasingly viable, allowing for the perception and manipulation of remote objects using touch and proprioception.

Information and offers on-demand – People will have easy access to an increasingly intelligent personal assistant in the cloud, while connected glasses or contact lenses will display personalised information and offers.

Continuous health monitoring – Individuals will routinely wear connected wellness and security monitors providing continuous information about their vital signs, while enabling emergency alerts in the event of a fall or an attack. 5G will help healthcare managers to maximise the use of scarce resources and ensure that clinics don’t run out of critical medicines and equipment.

Smarter and sharper security – Continuously connected cameras, sensors and alarms will make both private properties and public places more secure, while cloud-based facial recognition systems could be used identify and spot offenders in real time.

Immersive education and training – trainee engineers, mechanics and medics could learn how to perform specific tasks by following instructions relayed via AR or by using VR simulations. Similarly, 5G could enable these technologies to be used to teach science and geography students about specific habitats and environments.

Waste not, want not – Consumers and companies will have real-time information on everything from soil acidity to water pollution to the availability of parking spaces, increasing efficiency and reducing waste, while better managing energy usage.

Smarter cities and buildings – Connected sensors and actuators will give municipalities, organisations and individual citizens the ability to monitor what is happening in and around their properties and control access.