25 April 2018
Prepare for the 5th generation of mobile technology. With faster speeds, higher bandwidth and more reliable connections, by early next decade the hope is that 5G will fully enable all the big ideas like driverless cars, smart cities and more sophisticated industrial automation to become a reality and dramatically change our day-to-day lives.
“Connected cars will shape the future of individual mobility, and next generation mobile networks will take car-to-x connectivity to a new level.” Alfons Pfaller, VP – Head of Infotainment Development, AUDI AG.
With a 5G connection, your car will know the ETA of your journey, be able to take the optimal route based on traffic data communicated from other road users and the road network, and then follow that calculated route using the ultra-fast and ultra-reliable link between vehicles and infrastructure to make sure you arrive at your destination safely and on time.
But automotive is just one example of the many ways in which 5G will change our lives.
Research estimates that every UK household will be £450 better off every year. Around £145 will be saved on energy bills thanks to super-smart grids, and we’ll save £66 with the introduction of connected refuse collections. Smart fridges will also leave us with money in our pockets, saving on food waste worth a reported £236 per year, by updating your shopping list on your smartphone.
5G could also help to reduce the strain on the NHS, with waiting times for GP appointments falling as more people use telehealth services.
Unlike 4G and 3G before it, 5G isn’t just another network. 5G will become the underlying fabric of a complete ecosystem of fully connected sensors and devices, creating unprecedented benefits for people and businesses as the role of wireless connectivity expands within the economy and society.
“Nothing will be ‘mobile’ anymore because everything will be mobile.” Julie Coppernoll, VP - Global marketing at Intel.
While countries such as Japan, South Korea, China and the US claim to be launching 5G networks later this year or early 2019, the UK rollout is not expected to happen until 2020 according to the government’s 5G strategy and statements from network operators. So it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for the superfast digital evolution, by which time a predicted 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the internet.
As 5G takes off, there will potentially be millions of new devices that will need to be updated and kept safe from hackers, so the importance of responsible computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to keep your personal and organisational secrets to yourself and help to reduce the growing global e-waste problem. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration, to ensure ultimate data security. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.