By 2025, over 65 percent of the world will be covered by the 5G network. Adapting to new technologies can be if labour-intensive, but 5G can hold the key to a lot of new value in the fleet industry. Here’s what fleet professionals need to know to prepare for the 5G rollout.
The new cellular generation is the fifth, hence 5G. It comes on the heels of 4G, and currently is being built off the 4G LTE spectrum. The benefits of 5G are numerous, including:
It’s important to note that only 5G devices can access the 5G network. Granted, 4G will be around for a long time – at least until 2030 – so it’s not necessary to replace everything yet. On the other hand, if your fleet relies on 3G devices for key operations (such as ELDs), you should make replacing them a priority. As 5G covers more of the globe, many providers are shutting down 3G networks.
Making timely updates can get fleets the benefits of the 5G network faster and can also save time in the long run.
5G has promising – and slightly different – opportunities for Massive IoT and Critical IoT. Both can benefit from the significant speeds and low latency that 5G can offer.
Massive IoT requires the connectivity of large amounts of devices, but these devices are usually low energy and emit small bits of data that are then used in larger data sets.
5G has the capacity for significantly more devices to be connected to the tune of 100 times more than 4G. This is promising for increasing device connectivity in fleets. For example, low-energy devices can be attached to more items and provide even more insight for real-time logistics.
Critical IoT has fewer devices that handle much larger amounts of data. It also focuses on connectivity that is time-sensitive and cannot fail.
For example, Critical IoT can be used to advance telemedicine and smart cities. A network glitch for a device providing telehealth in a remote area has a bigger impact than a glitch in a device transmitting a smaller data packet in a Massive IoT network.
The low latency capacity of 5G can increase network reliability for Critical IoT. If devices are transmitting large amounts of data, it is crucial that this data is not hindered by slow networks.
There’s also a lot of excitement about the future-forward advances of 5G, like making highways full of self-driving cars a reality. Low latency will also help in this area, but we’re some time away from flawless vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
Nevertheless, the advancements we’re likely to see in the near future help lay the foundation of what’s possible in transportation connectivity.
Fleet managers have a lot to look forward to with 5G’s capabilities. As the rollout begins, it’s also important to stay realistic.
It can be helpful to start by evaluating what 5G plans are offered in your service area, as well as performing cost-benefit analyses on 5G upgrades. There will most likely be hiccups along the way, but the fleet industry stands to benefit greatly from 5G’s faster, reliable connectivity.
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