Finally, there have been discussions revolving around 5G and the introduction of driverless cars. 5G is expected to connect to the world like never before taking the entire Internet of Things (IoT) to a new level. As per the news revolving around the subject, 5G may hit the market by 2020. About 3% of the network-based mobile communication service providers will offer this service. The introduction of 5G will enable 20.4 billion connected things to be used across the world.
It raises a question – should 5G be used in the construction industry?
Let’s find out. First, what is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of cellular wireless. According to the predictive analysis, it will connect people and things with much higher speed, massive simultaneous connectivity, and lower latency. The new advancement should be able to provide and motivate the latest computers and technological innovation. It will affect the way we will work and live in the future. 5G is also called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The growth and development of 5G wireless technology have reached an interesting junction, and this is vital. It is expected to build the advanced infrastructure required for smart cities.
5G mobile technology is going to be supported by a new network infrastructure. It would help in developing a vast number of IoT devices and sensors. It will be vital in completing large scale IoT projects and bring in more stability in the interconnected world.
Talking about the smart buildings, here is how the intelligent buildings will get impacted:
Let’s admit this; several buildings are uncomfortable for their occupants today. Some recent studies have revealed that a majority of the buildings fail in meeting the industry standards for occupant comfort. Isn’t it? Most of us have lived in environments that are either too hot in the summers or too cold in the winters. 5G is poised for making living conditions comfortable with no such complaints.
Buildings are responsible for emitting out 40% of global GHG, and they are severely inefficient. The engineering community is known for employing new technologies and methodologies to minimize energy consumption by the buildings since the 1970s and have gained success in improving themselves. 5G might be the trailblazer in this regard.
A building needs nothing but a data-driven process to run a building. Some analytic platforms such as CopperTree, Skypark and a few more can take the data from the current equipment and develop useful insights for the facility managers to make better decisions. It should be followed by using the extensive data lying unused in the existing building control systems.
This data can be evaluated for finding answers to issues such as broken valves or dampers, hot and cold problem areas, and equipment that can’t be turned off. With 5G, the entire analysis will be automated while transforming it into actionable insights. It is useful in assisting the building operators in paying attention to fix the problems than looking for them. A massive amount of data can be managed in real time.
A majority of the automation systems are outdated. The evolution of 5G may prompt the building owners to work aggressively on beefing up their cybersecurity.
It’s pertinent. It serves two purposes – offers passage for bandwidth and delivers power to the active devices lying at the end of the network. Smart infrastructure is expected to last a lifetime. Fiber is a perfect smart infrastructure media due to its unlimited capacity and using composite cable infrastructure. It is an ideal combination of copper and fiber conductions to supply power over Ethernet and bandwidth. Above all, fiber connects various applications and services such as data, voice, and video on to the same infrastructure. The potential of 5G is unlimited; however, fiber deep infrastructure is pertinent to digital transformation vision.
Smart buildings are poised to be the future of construction. However, there is a long way to go before having safe and smart buildings. Until then, let’s remember the construction site safety tips.