How 5G Networks Can Pave Way for Long-Promised Industry Strides

| August 5, 2019

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Fifth-generation wireless networking, or 5G, is the latest advance in a series of mobile standards that propelled early generations of cellular calls, text messaging, and touch-screen smartphones. The network standard's speed and flexibility is poised to unlock new scenarios for the long-promised industrial internet, enabling massive machine-to-machine communication and fast data analysis from sensor networks, vehicles, robots, and medical equipment. In automated factories, machines that report their states would be able to schedule maintenance before a breakdown, and engineers could control production elements using computer models and augmented reality.

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