5G killer use case – CCTV

5G sounds terrific but what will be the practical use cases and applications for its deployment other than smartphones?

I believe the biggest ‘use case’ for 5G will be CCTV and video monitoring. Why? Because the latency on 5G will be less than 5ms compared to the average 4G latency of 55ms, fibre latency of 10-20ms and satellite…. Wait for it….. 700ms (did you see what I did there).

So with ultra-low latency why will CCTV benefit?

Because ultra-low latency = extra quick reaction time which means you can react quickly enough to make a difference. For example, if you have a manufacturing line which you monitor via a camera – you can set an alarm to sound if a person breaches a safety rule either by getting to close or too far away from an object.

Improving health and safety not only protects your employees but reduces downtime, reduces insurance premiums and all sorts of other consequential costs.

In an age where businesses are using automation techniques to scale output – I can see 5G playing a big part in the process.

How does 5G reduce latency to such a low level? (have you got your geek on?) 5G NR (New Radio) will use ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) to support mission-critical applications, such as industrial automation.

New techniques such as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and using radio blocks with more ‘slots’ enables the data transmissions to operate at ultra-low latency rates. In addition, 5G will use Semi Persistent Scheduling (SPS) in a different way to 4G which suffers 8ms of latency just by requesting a grant to send data before any data has even been transmitted.

Regardless of whether you want to get into the weeds of how 5G does what’s expected – you will want to know how this could impact your business and can you take advantage before your competitors do?

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