5G powers up IoT

A bunch of sectors are set to unleash AI on these freshly launched networks

HONG KONG, July 31, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Communications know-how reached a historic milestone originally of April this 12 months as Hong Kong’s fifth-generation cellular (5G) community was formally absolutely linked, linking all main communication tools.

A 5G community gives way more than simply elevated bandwidth and pace – 5G gives the chance to deploy synthetic intelligence (AI) know-how to carry the much-discussed Internet of Things (IoT) out of the laboratory and into the actual world. To give individuals from all walks of life a greater understanding of 5G networks, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held the Tech Trends Symposium 2020 – The Future of Intelligent Connectivity on 28 July. Forming a part of the HKTDC’s Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE digital commerce honest (27 July-7 August), the symposium was streamed on-line. At a session titled “Empowering a Connected Future with 5G”, trade leaders launched the most recent developments in 5G networks and expressed the hope that Hong Kong will hold tempo with the world in shifting in direction of 5G and constructing a wise metropolis.

Research focus

5G networks may flip the established business-to-customer (B2C) mannequin on its head and profoundly change shoppers’ experiences, mentioned Justin Chuang, Vice President, Communications Technologies on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI).

Citing examples, he mentioned real-time augmented actuality (AR), a 360-degree visible expertise and ultra-clear imaging will profoundly change conventional advertising and publicity fashions. Business-to-business (B2B) transactions may broaden in scale, whereas autonomous autos, good workplaces and good factories might be linked up by 5G methods to enhance productiveness.

Manufacturing reworked

More importantly, Mr Chuang identified, 5G networks may deploy synthetic intelligence (AI) and a wedding of the 2 would utterly change the ecology of producing. Factories would be capable to use automated autos, robots and monitoring sensors. AI purposes, as a substitute of human managers, would coordinate and monitor this absolutely automated manufacturing system. Human engineering experience might be utilized to remotely formulating workflows and ordering work patterns. The saved human assets may then think about high quality monitoring and decision-making, mentioned Mr Chuang. He believes 5G shouldn’t be solely a brand new period of networks but additionally a solution to promote the progress of all the metropolis.

ICT overhaul

The April 5G launch in Hong Kong noticed telecommunications corporations swiftly rolling out providers on networks town’s essential telecommunications corporations had arrange.

Henry Wong, Head of Strategic Wireless Technology & Core Networks at native telecommunications firm HKT Limited, mentioned community know-how in Hong Kong has superior step-by-step in latest a long time from voice and knowledge Internet entry to the most recent 5G networks. The pace and utilization sample of the community had improved. During the 2G and 3G eras, watching movies was nearly viewing. With 4G got here high-definition movies and video conferences however the community was liable to time delays and freezes and even unhealthy frames on display screen.

5G, nonetheless, helps not solely a variety of visible improvements equivalent to high-definition multi-dimensional 360-degree photos, but additionally interactivity because of digital actuality (VR) know-how which allows the display screen view to vary to match customers’ actions and change into regardless of the consumer needs to see.

4G know-how was unable to completely help VR, and there have been lags and delays in transmitting photos, which vastly weakened the appliance of VR, Mr Wong added.

Changes are additionally impacting tv broadcasting. Citing the instance of HKT’s pay TV, Mr Wong mentioned on-demand viewing, versus the normal broadcast-by-schedule mannequin, has been launched in recent times and audiences can freely select viewing occasions for content material equivalent to live shows, sports activities occasions and extra with out the limitation of a schedule, which improves comfort. The 5G community can mix these two modes to present high-definition, freely selectable content material, even together with 360-degree virtual-reality photos, offered on to the viewers, he remarked.

Property play

In addition to increasing community bandwidth, 5G permits the period of the Internet of Things (IoT) to start in earnest, in response to Andrew Young, Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group, A number one Hong Kong real-estate developer.

Mr Young mentioned 5G networks may usher in a raft of Massive IoT applied sciences equivalent to good constructing, logistics monitoring and good agriculture. The networks may additionally allow time-dependent Critical IoT purposes equivalent to Remote Medical, Traffic Safety Control and Industrial Automation.

IoT purposes are extra dependable on 5G networks with much less time delay and the power to course of giant quantities of information shortly and effectively. In the real-estate sector 5G networks might be utilized in such purposes analysing the move of individuals in purchasing malls and gauging their consumption habits, serving to managements alter the distribution of shops and prepare actions based mostly on the evaluation.

These 5G know-how purposes may change into “pervasive”. Mr Young identified that 5G can deal with a considerable amount of knowledge however the subsequent knowledge processing and storage would inevitably elevate community safety considerations. While the networks develop quickly, private info and community safety also needs to be protected, so the 5G community can proceed to develop healthily.

Noting the potential of good buildings and associated applied sciences, Sino Group established the Sino Creative Research and Development Office in 2018 to observe associated know-how developments and introduce applied sciences equivalent to synthetic intelligence (AR) and robotics into the group’s enterprise. It analyses the potential of progressive know-how, together with 5G, underneath three standards – enterprise mannequin, operation course of and buyer expertise.

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# Note to editors: contemplating the influence of the pandemic, the HKTDC has modified the dates for a number of exhibitions and conferences, similtaneously persevering with to create enterprise alternatives for enterprises by different channels. Details of the most recent occasion preparations might be discovered at https://bit.ly/2BbhSVh


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Source: HKTDC


Christine Kam, Tel: +852 2584 4514, Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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