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5G and Various economic sectors – Part 1

The Internet is the decisive technology of the Information Age, and with the explosion of wireless communication in the early twenty-first century, we can say that humankind is now almost entirely connected, though with inequality in efficiency, speed and price. Here we will see how the speed of the network will affect healthcare and defence sectors and how the convergence of various tech along with network speed help transform the sector.

1. Healthcare

For people in rural areas, with doctors located several miles away, traveling while ill can be challenging and time-consuming. With the advent of telehealth and remote home monitoring systems, though, we could receive care from the comfort of our homes. Doctors could make recommendations after a short video call, and even submit prescription requests.

However, this remote monitoring, along with sophisticated imaging equipment, can lead to congestion and slows network speeds, especially for healthcare providers that might be interfacing with dozens of patients a day.

The lag is not only frustrating for those using it, but the poor quality can delay patient care, which could hurt outcomes in the long run. Also the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies continue to grow, the amount of data on networks is expected to only increase more. Fast network technologies like 5G and satellite networks technologies have the potential to help resolve these challenges.
They can,
 Quickly transmit large imaging files

Adding a high-speed network to existing architectures can help quickly and reliably transport huge data files of medical imagery, which can improve both access to care and the quality of care.  

Prosper telemedicine

According to a study by Market Researchers, the telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.5% from 2020 to 2025. So, Telemedicine requires a network that can support real-time high-quality video, which often means wired networks. With 5G, healthcare systems can enable mobile networks to handle telemedicine appointments, which can greatly increase the reach of the program.

– Improving AR, VR and spatial computing

While augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and spatial computing are already being used in healthcare on a limited basis, 5G and fast networks further enhance a doctor’s ability to deliver innovative, less invasive treatments. Among 5G’s many ultimate potential applications, some of the most exciting involve its role in simulating complex medical scenarios and enabling alternative treatments for the critically ill.

2. Defence

The new network capabilities will open up new opportunities for units in the theatre of operations to collaborate in an immersive digital space and stay protected in near-real time, especially when 5G is combined with other innovations like the defence cloud and artificial intelligence. Faster networks are important for defences. Particularly for autonomous vehicles, command and control, logistics, maintenance, augmented and virtual reality, and intelligence and surveillance – all of which would benefit from improved data rates and lower latency or time delay

With the adoption of faster networks like 5G, defence sectors can,

– Quickly deploy combat solution

With the help of Big data, AI can run through various solutions to deploy meaningful tactics. With the help of faster network and processing power, the military system can make it more accurate and fast.

– Virtual battlespace

Augmented reality and virtual reality represent 5th dimensional components of advanced battlespace. They can be viewed as core disruptive technologies that will have increasing defence implications related to both conventional and unconventional forms of warfighting, as well as the training of military forces. With the help of faster networks, real time combat action will be more effective. 

– Autonomous objects

From drone to autonomous fighter jets, network speed is crucial for defence structure. The trillions of data produced in each trip of an autonomous fighter jet need to be assessed by AI, which in turn only with the help of faster networks like 5G. Autonomous military vehicles potentially avoid on-board data processing limitations by storing large databases(e.g.,maps) in the cloud. Safe vehicle operations would, in turn, require high data speed and low latency to quickly download off-board information and synthesize it with on-board sensor data.

By enabling all these new networks, healthcare systems can improve the quality of care and patient experience, reduce the cost of care, and the defence sector can advance in their progress with an extra ammo.

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