5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – July 23

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

Future of Farming – Meet Mike Ritter. He’s the CEO of SlantRange, a San Diego, CA-based company that’s enabling more efficient, automated farming. He’s also the latest Face of 5G. He says, “Wireless connectivity is a critical enabling piece of everything we do… The ability to either communicate or move data from the field to where a decision needs to be made is going to be hugely enabled by higher speed connectivity, particularly 5G.” Read more here.

Next-Generation Healthcare Delivery – Together, 5G networks and telehealth programs have the potential to transform healthcare. Cisco’s Ron Malenfant says, “By leveraging 5G mobile edge compute, hospitals and doctors can have on-hand access to patient’s high-quality imaging for review without the wait. By extending health care providers’ reach beyond hospitals, telemedicine will improve access to quality care, helping patients get treated sooner and reaching specialists otherwise not available.” While demand for telehealth services is on the rise, it is being driven by rural areas. Recognizing challenges associated with rural deployment, Cisco is leading an ambitious 29-partner consortium called “5G RuralFirst” to show the potential for 5G in these communities. Read more here.

Working Smarter– Inside factories it’s important to keep the production line moving, but when machines break down, that throws a wrench into operations. Now at one 5G manufacturing facility that’s hopefully a thing of the past. Engineers are getting help predicting and pre-empting break downs by a network of sensors that provide real-time data on every part of the production line. But this isn’t the only company that could see gains from 5G technology, according to Qualcomm by 2035 5G could boost industries like retail, healthcare, education, transportation, entertainment and more. Read more here.

Putting the G in the NutmeG State – The Governor of Connecticut signed a bill to accelerate the deployment of 5G in his state. “Access to ultra-fast internet speeds is critical to our economic future. I want Connecticut to be ahead of the curve, and to do that we are moving quickly on deploying 5G access across our state,” Gov. Ned Lamont said. Read more here.

Rolling Out the 5G Welcome Mat – 5G is here, but when will you see it?  Rolling out nationwide networks takes time. Beyond the news from Connecticut, a new piece from CNET lays out where we are and what’s ahead. According to CNET, “There’s good news ahead… 5G is expanding to new locations quickly, and carriers are gearing up to turn on their wider networks.” Read more here.

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