The widespread availability of 5G offers enormous opportunities in the private and public sectors. But what specific possibilities does this open up?
Cities and metropolises are growing steadily and with them the need for sustainable solutions for metropolitan areas. Ensuring urban mobility and security, medical care for the population as well as energy-efficient operation and air quality are just a few examples of the series of future challenges. To counter these, run under the term „Smart City“ innovative solutions that cities can use to face complex problems. But: To date, there is neither a uniform definition nor a generally applicable strategy for the term “smart cities”. The focus is on the use of a shared digital infrastructure in which actors and services can exchange information automatically and in a data-driven manner.
Many cities are already supporting smart city initiatives by collecting and evaluating relevant data – all through today’s wireless networks. With the development of 5G networks, however, new opportunities are opening up for networked cities in Germany: According to Telekom’s plans, 90 percent of Germany’s area should have 5G coverage by 2025. Under good conditions, the 5G-Technology offer a data rate up to 100 times faster than LTE – and will become the next-generation cellular standard. In addition, data transmission with a latency of a few milliseconds and with high stability and reliability is possible.
Smart city applications that are not yet conceivable today may well become realistic in the future: These include, for example, Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) . eMBB are applications with a very high data volume that are used, for example, for Ultra HD videos. In the future, they will support virtual visits to authorities, mobile virtual reality medicine or urban augmented reality. Applications that require a large number of constantly networked devices fall under the term mMTC. These applications will be of interest in the future for environmental and traffic data sensors, infrastructure diagnostics or for logistics and location tracking. URLLC applications are necessary for real-time transmissions and constant reliability. These applications will become particularly relevant for automated driving and topics such as remote surgery or smart grids. What still sounds like a dream of the future today can become reality with the help of 5G: Because 5G supports a higher density of end devices and sensors per radio cell than LTE.
There is great potential in urban traffic management in particular: the urban traffic infrastructure is regulated more efficiently through data collection in private cars and, in combination, through automated vehicles. Staus, Blockings and the like are thus managed more easily. There is also the chance of intelligent public transport that can automatically complete individual routes. Emergency services from ambulances, fire brigades and police can access data from the central traffic management when necessary and use technologies such as facial recognition during operations.
The future of cities and how the many opportunities of 5G will affect the cityscape is one of many topics that on the Hypermotion Frankfurt (14 – 16.09.2021) and the Hypermotion Dubai (02. – 04.11.2021) are in focus. The exhibitors show impressive applications and solutions at the trade fairs, covering all aspects of intelligent transport systems and data flows in the city. Here, entrepreneurs discuss visions in mobility and logistics with experts and an interested audience. Be part of it!
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