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The future is 5G

As reported in Cassandra’s Future of Travel, Transportation, & Infrastructure, advancements in technology and design are paving the way for 5G smart cities, which tout efficiency and reliability in the areas of transportation, sustainability, safety, and hyperconnectivity. Now, brands are integrating 5G into other initiatives to decrease consumer pain points, appealing to youth’s desire for increased productivity, innovation, and sustainability.

SMART HOSPITALS

South Korean telecom company KT recently announced that it was installing 5G networks at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, and that the company will use this next-gen tech as a launchpad to co-develop innovative medical services to serve the center’s staff. With access to 5G networks, doctors and nurses will have an enormous amount of patient data at their fingertips, regardless of where they are on the hospital’s campus (which includes a proton therapy center and cancer hospital that doctors and nurses have to travel between). This technology will also allow doctors in different locations to collaborate on patient diagnosis, remotely monitor surgeries, and more.

SMART STADIUMS

5G is forecast to innovate the in-person sports experience, as connectivity in stadiums has historically proved inconsistent. To combat this, Verizon recently announced that it was bringing 5G connectivity to 13 NFL stadiums just in time for the NFL’s 100th season, while AT&T plans to enable 5G at the AT&T Stadium, complete with in-venue 5G hotspots for immersive fan experiences. What’s more, the American Airlines Center in Dallas is already unrolling 5G, allowing Mavericks fans to locate quick concessions, look for exits and restrooms, and more via interactive maps within the stadium’s dedicated mobile app. As 5G technology continues to proliferate, smart 5G-enabled stadiums will eventually give fans the ability to enjoy sporting events from any medium.

SMART MANUFACTURING

As Verizon Wireless is showing, 5G technology is not just for smartphones. The telecom giant is enlisting Corning, one of its fiber vendors, to test 5G in its manufacturing plants in order to create a more competitive work floor and production line and ultimately disrupt traditional manufacturing. Corning will use the 5G infrastructure to install autonomous forklifts, assets and management sensors, and high-speed, low-latency video surveillance to increase the factory’s efficiency and employee safety standards. This initiative comes on top of Verizon’s 2017 announcement that it will buy 12.5 million miles of fiber per year through 2020 from Corning to support building the brand’s 5G network.