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The arrival of 5G is transforming technology and our AV industry. You can barely scan your News Feed or watch television without some type of news or advertisement about 5G and its impending impact on your life. And while this whole 5G thing sounds like amazing hype, I’ve found that many of our customers and my colleagues aren’t certain of what it is and how it actually will affect their lives and our industry.
Let’s start with some definitions and explanations.
What is 5G?
The “G” in the term 5G stands for generation and relates to the speed, connectivity and reliability of our wireless devices.
In the beginning, we had 1G which essentially allowed us to talk to each other. With the development of 2G, we moved into the realm of sending messages. The next leap was 3G, which gave us broad data and internet connectivity. Now, we have 4G, which made all of the previously mentioned aspects a whole lot faster. But 5G is a game changer and a massive breakthrough for devices not only connected to the internet but also with each other. While 4G is pretty fast, 5G is real time fast. In fact, it is 150 times faster than 4G.
Which Industries Will Experience the Most Profound Effects of 5G?
You may have noticed that home 5G has already rolled out. Smart homes connected through the Internet of Things is actually common is some of the major international cities. Full roll-out of 5G across the globe is expected to begin in March 2020. And within a few years, the average person will interact with 5G technology in a variety of potential ways.
Medical Industry – Because 5G will allow wireless communication in real time across the world, many medical services will be provided remotely. Robotic surgeries will be performed in one location of the world by a surgeon “operating” from a different location. Patients will be linked to hospitals with monitoring services within the comfort of their own homes.
Manufacturing Industry – Smart factories are already being developed with wireless robots interfacing in perfect synchronicity.
Food Industry – Drones will simply fly over crops to monitor the health of our food. With 5G, they will give individualized attention, nutrition and water to our food sources.
Entertainment Industry – Imagine your virtual reality device connected to other gamers across the world and interacting with them in real time. It’s coming.
Transportation Industry – Driver-less vehicles in major cities will be transporting passengers at speeds up to 200mph and in an accident-free environment.
5G Will Drive AV Technology
AV professionals will have plenty of opportunity to capitalize on the 5G movement as it becomes more and more commonplace. Right now, many businesses are discussing design and infrastructure options in anticipation of 5G networking.
Due to on-the-go connections and networking, employees will be able to collaborate anywhere. Existing AV technology like video conferencing will be real time fast and it is a given that virtual reality will be a future daily practice as well. The conferencing experience will include intelligent cameras and omnidirectional microphones enabling participates to view the entire conference area.
Digital signage is another opportunity area for AV professionals as well. Facial recognition programs will enable digital signage to be real time fast and personalized.
What are you doing to prepare for the 5G roll out? Let us know with your comments!
Thank you to the following sources of 5G intel!
Thank you for joining us for Part 4 in our series. So far, we’ve presented:
Part 1 – The Key Players in AVL Design
Part 2 – The Key Tools in AVL Design
Part 3 – The Key Phases in AVL Design
Now, we’ll finish our series by addressing the final phase of AVL Design – Bidding out your AVL system. Read more »
In Part 1 of our AVL Design series, we listed and summarized the Key Players in AVL Design. Then, in Part 2, we shared about the Key Tools that those Key Players may interact with and use. For Part 3, we will move forward to discuss the important phases of the design process. Let’s begin with the most important element to the success of each phases – communication. Read more »
In Part 1 of our AVL Design series, we listed and summarized The Key Players in AVL Design including the architect, the consultants, the engineers, an owner’s representative, and a general contractor. And depending on the complexity of your AVL project, these key players may interact with and use some sophisticated tools. They will be discussed here in Part 2 of this series – The Key Tools in AVL Design. Read more »
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So, you’ve decided you need a new widget. For a variety of really good reasons, your widget is now inferior. However, you now face the daunting task of entering into the sales cycle. You will become a buyer. You will interact with a sales team, either online or in-person. You will try to avoid common pitfalls. Here is a potential guide: Read more »
We live in society where newer equals better. Every month, if not every week, tech companies race to create and release newer, faster, sleeker, sexier gadgets. And while some of them really are worth their weight in gold, most are flash-in-the-pan trends. So, as AV experts looking to guide our customers to not just a better fit but the BEST fit, should we automatically gravitate towards the latest and greatest? Or should we take a closer look at Dark Horse tech and over-looked and underrated tech? Read more »
Media headlines have been screaming about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance and testimony before Senate committees this past month. Headlines like: Read more »
We’ve certainly come a long way in our “tool usage.” Not so long ago, our ancestors trudged their way through the human timeline discovering and inventing new forms of tools and weapons. Archaeologists have labeled three distinct periods in history identified by the way people made tools and weapons. They are the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age and it is clear that different people groups developed at different rates and speeds through these ages. This concept remains true today, except now we are replacing the terms “tools and weapons” with the term “technology.” Read more »