5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – May 19, 2020

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

  1. 5G Supercharging AI— Forbes Contributor Tom Taulli says, “When it comes to the 5G roll-out, AI will definitely be supercharged.” To expand on that thought, he shared insight from tech leaders, including Steve Canepa, Global Managing Director of Telecom, Media, and Entertainment at IBM, who shared: “[they’ve] built a platform, leveraging IBM cloud and AI innovations, for mobile devices operating on a 5G network that will quickly generate and communicate alerts to firefighters or law enforcement officers–addressing potential life-threatening situations before they escalate.” Read more here.
  2. Telehealth Advancements will Rely on 5G— The novel coronavirus gave telemedicine a big boost, and 5G will take it to the next level. “Telehealth is not something that we expect to see five, 10 years from now. We’re seeing it today, and people want to figure out how to make it better today. … Basically, all of the use cases that we’ve been talking about [for] the promise of 5G, I think this pandemic brought this whole sense of urgency, and those are accelerating,” says Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon. Read more here.
  3. Blockchain and 5G Come Together for Smart City Application— Blockchain solutions aim to verify the digital identities of self-driving cars securely while 5G integrates data from smart city solutions. “We expect this technology platform to greatly increase the credibility of data by strengthening the security of information shared by cars and their control tower,” a Sejong City official explained. Sejong is a planned city in South Korea that’s a testbed for smart city solutions. Read more here.
  4. 5G Enhancing Manufacturing Productivity— Manufacturers are overwhelmingly looking into 4G and 5G investments to improve their operations. By 2030, 5G is expected to become the dominant wireless connectivity solution, with 344 million digital factory connections. According to ABI Research Principal Analyst Ryan Martin, beyond figuring out the new normal amid the pandemic, “I think digital transformation is a top priority – it really has to be.” He added that, “IoT capabilities for monitoring equipment are already ‘coming through as a “need to have” rather than a “nice to have.”’ Read more here.
  5. 5G Cars Will Report Road Hazards— “With the help of 5G, a vehicle-generated early warning system that alerts drivers is feasible within the next few years. Cars that are close enough to the danger area will transmit warning messages to other cars around them using short-range communication technologies, but also to cars further away using 5G, fast and reliably. Then those cars will send the same information to cars near them and so on, forming a joined-up, multi-vehicle communication chain that stretches far and wide,” explains Dr. Dimitrios Liarokapis of a research group at Glasgow Caledonian University. Read more here.

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