Intelligent Connectivity: What Combining 5G, AI and IoT Means for Different Industries
Our technological evolution across civilization has been exciting, if not magical.
From the printing press of the 1440s to the driverless cars we have today, we have clearly pushed the boundaries of possibility. But there is much more technology will be dishing us through intelligent connectivity.
Intelligent connectivity is set to be the next big thing in the tech world. Simply put, intelligent connectivity is what you get from the marriage of artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Sound exciting?
Combining these three powerful technologies promises to have a radically transformative effect across a spectrum of industries, from transportation to security.
It is right to anticipate intelligent connectivity disrupting the digital ecosystem as we know it today. Packets of information and data will be more harmonized by IoT and processed in a much faster time, thanks to 5G, by machines whose intelligence has been exponentially enhanced with AI.
So what we have here is a mix of enhanced contextualization of information and autonomous decision-making from AI, abundant supply of data by IoT and 5G's ultra-low latency forging together to drastically change society and our reality.
Feel free to underrate Jaylen Brown in the NBA, but never underrate intelligent connectivity. Here are some industries intelligent connectivity could change and how:
In 2019, the total number of violent crimes in the United States was 1.2 million. Tell me, isn't that a hefty number?
This emphasizes the need for a more robust public safety and security infrastructure in our communities.
Intelligent connectivity could be assuaging this need in the near future. Thanks to innovative video surveillance technologies, more robust security systems and emergency response, we could get better policed and more secure communities.
With 5G networks, crime scenes or hotspots could be better monitored and assessed using a bevy of surveillance systems comprising sensors, cameras and security alarms.
This infrastructure could generate real-time videos of exceptional quality and resolution, which are quickly transmitted to the right law enforcement authorities.
But it doesn't end there. We could see more pre-emptive law enforcement. Smartphones, computers, wearables and the overall IoT infrastructure could supply data to super-intelligent AI systems running through algorithms on facial expression, body language and crime patterns. This will help them stop crimes before they even happen.
More than enhancing public security, intelligent connectivity could transform the efficiency at which emergency services are disbursed.
With highly mobile and penetrative vehicles and drones girded with loads of 5G-connected cameras, emergency service operators could enjoy not only increased speed, but also increased coordination and control.
In operations deemed too dangerous for human operators, like fire incidents, building collapses, disaster relief, mining and quarrying hazards, intelligent connectivity could usher in smart robots, controlled remotely, to search for and rescue survivors.
Automotive and transportation
Transportation stands to be overhauled by intelligent connectivity. Intelligent connectivity could bring in a new level of driving automation. Certainly, AI combined with 5G could increase the reliability and safety of self-driving cars.
These autonomous cars could be girded with an on-board computer with AI-enhanced capacities. Furthermore, IoT could improve the synchronization of data accumulated from on-board sensors, nearby devices and other vehicles.
Altogether, this could ramp up the awareness of self-driving cars to their surroundings and proportionately adapt their motion to emerging situations in real-time.
Of course, the intelligent connectivity juice will spill into the logistics and transportation industries. With driverless vehicles entering the mainstream, they will, in no time, be adopted for shipping.
5G networks could enable the seamless coordination of high-volume autonomous delivery vehicles from both the road and the air.
This could prevent scenarios where autonomous vehicles would either collide with themselves or with stationary objects or structures located in or along their paths.
Effectively, we could have hi-tech autonomous distribution channels that enhance supply chain reliability and speed across the world, enabling companies to source materials much faster and cheaper.
A fusion of data, connectivity and automation could significantly improve food production sustainability, making our planet greener in the process.
Research from Mckinsey reveals that the successful integration of intelligent connectivity in agriculture could add an estimated $500 billion to global gross domestic product by 2030. Drooling already?
Interconnected smart sensors, crop data analytics and AI-augmented plant optimization and resource utilization promise to improve water efficiency, improve crop yield and also ramp up animal husbandry.
IoT could allow farmers to tap into the gains of precision irrigation for their crops. Furthermore, AI could improve the analysis of the thousands of data points farms generate.
Information like water usage, temperature, soil conditions and weather conditions could be better analyzed in real-time, enabling agriculturalists to arrive at more effective farming decisions.
Intelligent connectivity could take preventive care to the next level, even at a far lesser cost.
With 5G, AI and IoT coming together, remote diagnosis and surgeries could be carried out effectively. By decentralizing health care, intelligent connectivity could enable people to access top-class health services in real-time, regardless of their location. This would enormously enhance health care equity.
No, this is not dreamful. The top-notch reliability, speed and low latency of 5G networks could help doctors to examine patients, diagnose and give prescriptions remotely.
This is possible by leveraging haptic feedback enhanced with hi-tech audiovisuals. By also adopting specialized robots, doctors could carry out surgeries on patients from even a continent away!
Besides all these, intelligent connectivity could permeate manufacturing, allowing humans to take the backseat and watch uber-intelligent machines take over operations autonomously. We already see such smart manufacturing from Industry 4.0 pioneers. Believe it, intelligent connectivity has come to stay, and it is only going to get better!