How 5G will change smart cities | Architecture & Design
Smart cities are here, and they are getting smarter by the day via the use of 5G.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile technology and next progression in mobile networks. The technology is designed to meet the continuing growth in data and connectivity in our society, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and tomorrow’s innovations.
As the roll out of 5G infrastructure continues across Australia, there is a growing opportunity for councils to develop smart city strategies that leverage the 5G network to expand the usage of data, sensors, and other smart devices to improve city operations and, ultimately, the lives of citizens.
Smart cities powered by 5G will not only optimise city, business and home functions leading to better sustainability, liveability, productivity, and workability, they will also promote economic growth, which will be essential for Australia’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased stability and strong coverage provided by the 5G network will allow a greater sense of mobility for citizens to use their devices so they can stay connected and take advantage of the technological developments.
To drive the creation of smart cities, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has identified five ways that 5G is being used to shape the future of smart cities.
1.Personal and home applications
Many of our homes already have connected devices, but with 5G, the opportunities grow exponentially. With higher speeds, lower latency, and increased capacity of 5G, there is a number of positive implications for smart homes.
Indeed, these benefits are not limited to smart homes- they can also be enjoyed by people on the move and outside of their homes.
5G connected security devices, including cameras, video doorbells, motion sensors and lights will offer clearer videos and faster alerts, leading to better home security and greater neighbourhood safety overall with more homes adopting smart security systems.
Smart appliances, especially kitchen technology, will become more commonplace, with 5G turning our kitchens into automated hubs by offering a greater capacity to handle many connected devices such as smart ovens, toasters, air fryers, pots, faucets and fridges, like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator which has a clever in-built camera that shows you what’s inside so you can check what you need when you’re at the supermarket.