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Qualcomm is demonstrating the utility of its 5G chipsets and antennas with a live 5G network and a range of industrial IoT (IIoT) applications at this week’s Hannover Messe 2019, an industrial technology trade show.
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For the live demonstrations, Qualcomm has partnered with seven companies — Bosch, Festo, Goetting, IFAK, Siemens, Wiedmueller, and Zeiss — to highlight various use cases for its 5G technology in IIoT solutions.
Here’s what it means: By showcasing 5G and its potential IIoT use cases, Qualcomm is showing that the technology is here and ready to use.
- Qualcomm is demonstrating 5G’s strongest industrial applications. Qualcomm has selected the most enterprise-ready applications of the technology to show at Hannover. Several of the partnerships highlight how its technology is well suited for data transmission for robotics in large manufacturing plants, because 5G offers increased bandwidth and data transmission rates as well as lower latency. For example, with Goetting, Qualcomm’s 5G tech will be used to help teleoperate an autonomously guided vehicle (AGV) with low latency, which is important for high-precision driving in tight factory settings.
- Qualcomm likely hopes live demonstrations will show industry leaders that 5G technology is ready for large-scale IIoT integration. Dedicated showcases of 5G-enabled IIoT products and the technology’s potential applications could be a great selling point for larger enterprises. Real-world examples of fast uploads and downloads of live data in a crowded exhibition hall could convince decision-makers of 5G’s high speeds by making them tangible beyond data points.
The bigger picture: Easily accessible showcases of 5G’s benefits in IIoT can help drive the technology’s adoption, and Qualcomm’s early, highly visible demonstrations position it at the forefront of the IIoT space.
Qualcomm is not alone in using live displays to encourage the adoption of 5G technology. US network provider Sprint launched a 5G experience center at its headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, which helps enterprise clients visualize the technology and its potential applications.
Qualcomm’s live exhibits can help it become the face of industrial 5G technology, as they demonstrate the hard-to-visualize benefits of 5G technology. With 5G, users can experience increased bandwidth and data transmission rates up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE.
Additionally, 5G networks will be able to support up to 10 times more devices than a 4G network at each connection node. Other 5G component or equipment manufactures, like Intel or Ericsson, might want to consider interactive showcases to help drive the adoption of the technology too.
It is becoming increasingly important for 5G component or equipment manufacturers to showcase their products and use cases as 60%of IoT providers have plans to incorporate 5G into their products or services by 2023.
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