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The Need for 5G in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Publish Date: October 20, 2022

With technical, commercial, and strategic benefits, IIoT has a promising future. Per reports, IIoT would become a trillion-dollar market in the next five to six years. But it may require solid internet support that helps optimize its functionalities and achieve the magical figure. Is 5G it? And, if yes, why?

The Need for 5G in IIoT

IIoT has empowered companies to digitize processes, foster transformations, and increase productivity. It enjoys widespread applications in energy, agriculture, manufacturing, transport, and many other sectors worldwide.

5G for IIoT is about enabling information to flow through real-world networks in a fast, versatile, reliable fashion. The speed at which 5G allows high data transfer and low latency (the time it takes for information to travel from one point in space to another) enables comfortable integration between machines and people inside smart factories and with customers.

The advantages of 5G communication are numerous, but one of its most valuable features is that it can support multiple applications developed for use cases in IIoT. It also gives rise to ecosystems that encompass devices like mobile robots, AGVs, and drones, as well as IoT gadgets such as smartphones and wearables.

The industrial world requires 5G to drive IIoT successfully for many reasons. So, let’s find out why IIoT requires 5G support.

Quicker Data Transmission

5G’s most significant benefit is its low latency, as mentioned. Sending and receiving a 5G signal would take as much as a millisecond compared to the current 200 milliseconds with 4G. IIoT, in particular, can help in the process control arena as companies can use 5G to control equipment remotely. It can also support mobile factory robots sending and receiving data across networks.

For instance, a robot will scan a particular area and transmit raw data to the network, where the system runs an algorithm and feeds information to the robot. 5G can help do it in a fraction of a second!

Power Efficiency

5G isn’t only about speed. 4G isn’t slow, either. But 5G is unique for many reasons, out of which increased power efficiency is one.

5G leverages multiple features to reduce power consumption. It includes sleep modes when there is little or zero transmission of data. While comparing 5G with 4G in terms of watts-per-bit of data, 5G is up to 85-90 percent more efficient than 4G. IoT devices operating on batteries can determine their duration of operations between two charging sessions.

Higher Security

It is imperative to talk about security while discussing 5G.

Industrial IIoT is particularly vulnerable to cyber threats, as it completely works and relies on the internet to work. 5G can address this concern through enhanced security. But for that, experts suggest having separate 5G networks designed and developed for devices and data transmission for particular setups or locations.

In other words, 5G must be customized to serve the IIoT environment of a particular company to ensure high-level security, realize desired service levels and achieve the desired outcomes.

5G-Powered Custom IIoT Solutions with YASH

Switching to 5G and embracing IIoT will become a necessity soon. Being at the vanguard of the 5G-IIoT revolution can help you achieve a competitive edge! YASH can help. Our custom 5G-ready IIoT solutions can help you optimize the 5G advantage while ensuring you get what you expect from your IIoT network. Our IIoT solutions cover everything from data to security, helping industrial units leverage IIoT optimally.

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Sacheen Patil
Sacheen Patil

Vice President & Global Head - IoT & Embedded Practice & CoE

Sacheen has over 26+ years of experience in the Engineering/Industrial services & IT services company and predominantly worked for Manufacturing, Transportation/Automotive, Healthcare/Medical Devices and Energy & Utilities Industry Verticals sectors.

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