How 5G Will Change the Way We Work and Play
One of the most exciting things about the times we live in is the fact that we stand on the precipice of several major technological shifts. The proliferation of technological advances such as 5G is changing the world at an exponential pace. The impact of 5G will be everywhere, from new avenues for communication and unprecedented connections.
But it’s when we discuss 5G’s wider applications that things get really interesting. Ultimately, 5G will pave the way for things like safe autonomous vehicles, ultra-productive smart factories, and precise robotic surgeons. Not only that, it will change how people interact with the world around them by placing them in the middle of digital spaces built on augmented and mixed reality. And it will generate the data necessary to create efficient and sustainable smart homes, smart offices, and smart cities.
Just as smartphones introduced new services that we now depend on every day, so too will 5G, on an even larger scale. Not only will 5G enhance the smartphone experience, it will also empower innovators to create new connected and intelligent products that will lead to richer consumer experiences and fuel entirely new industries.
For most of us, our devices have already become crucial to going through our daily routines, but the dual inception of 5G is set to make our devices even more complementary to our day-to-day lives.
In the near term, 5G will make our home lives healthier, safer and more fun. A world where 5G-dependent smart devices become woven into our lives is much closer than most people expect. But 5G also has the potential to help people communicate more easily across linguistic and geographic boundaries.
Other sectors that 5G connectivity is set to empower include medicine (telemedicine, smart diagnostic capabilities and therapeutic technologies), leisure (multiple streams and viewpoints for sports events and rich, multi-person VR), public transportation and factory automation.
Robotics will be another important application of 5G, where areas such as robotic vision, reasoning and action will all depend on the high-quality connectivity it provides. Many of the most exciting applications of robotics will combine edge computing, sensing, big data in the cloud and interactions between multiple devices. The combination of bandwidth and low-latency will be critical for things like robotic telemedicine solutions as well.
Moreover, the area of ‘edge computing’ is set to empower and be empowered by the introduction of 5G. Edge computing means computing that is done very close to data sources, so that relays back and forth from the cloud are minimized.
5G will accelerate communication speeds between ‘the edge’ and the public cloud, while edge computing, in turn, will improve cybersecurity on 5G networks, reduce the burden on the public cloud and lead to savings on storage and processing costs. Eventually, 5G is expected to accommodate a potentially very large number of edge clients and allowing them to do real-time processing with low latency.
To enable such innovations, technology infrastructure must lead the way. By harnessing the power of 5G, we can pioneer experiences that are more immersive, personalized and intelligent.
The versatility and power of 5G networks will allow for new kinds of connectivity and the emergence of an all-new family of devices. That is why Samsung’s position is such a promising one.
Samsung has successfully exploited successive waves of the most modern and rapidly-changing technologies. When it comes to these upcoming innovations – not just 5G and AI, but edge computing, multi-device interactions, machine learning, robotics and personalized devices, – a fluid combination of hardware and software will be crucial.
Samsung’s development of an end-to-end 5G solution – spanning chipsets, network infrastructure and mobile devices – has created the perfect environment for rapid innovation and change. Together with its partners, Samsung managed to make 5G available faster than anyone thought possible. And recently, it introduced devices that allow users to take full advantage of 5G’s breakthrough speeds.
Today, more than two million consumers around the world can connect to 5G networks using Samsung smartphones. Samsung 5G smartphones are being used to help expand 5G’s implementation as we move toward a world in which smartphones will serve as gateways to the next generation of 5G-driven experiences.
Samsung is committed to being at the heart of all this innovation — and it will be fascinating to see what the world can do.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
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