A large amount of 5G (Fifth-Generation) and IoT (Internet of Things) devices are coming into the world, and changing the communication infrastructure rapidly; 5G and IoT terminologies have the potential to enhance the growth of the telecommunication industry and embrace smart cities respectively. In the coming years, these technologies will boost mobile connectivity, internet speed, or allow the billions of devices to combine and collect information from their surroundings. These technologies are the heart of the smart world, but RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) plays a significant role in IoT and 5G development. Alone and in combination, RFID is a determining factor to make IoT and 5G an ongoing trend.
What Can RFID Do for IoT and 5G?
The implications of RFID technology are numerous. Most importantly, the number of RFID implications is in a high amount as the RFID technology is offering reduced cost, size and weight. The impact of RFID can be found in retail, automatic, banking, healthcare, inventories, and logistics sector. All these sectors exploit RFID technology varying in price and performance; however, the primary purpose is to induce smart and automated functionalities in the organization.
The ability to insert sensors and actuators in small devices brings notable changes in IoT industries and 5G market. A single RFID tag joins multiple applications, or it is associated with a single use, they bring secure applications for users. The purpose of these RFID tags is to embed binary data in objects, helping the other computing objects to recognize them. The role of RFID in IoT has been discussed thoroughly (check this article).
5G and IoT
5G is the core of IoT infrastructure. 5G uses Microwave frequency band to provide 10 Gbps, which is 100 times faster than 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution). By offering exceedingly high speed, 5G permits the IoT devices to communicate, collect and transfer information faster than ever before. Despite the speed, other characteristics of 5G are as follows;
Latency: the latency rate of 4G LTE is 2ms, but the latency rate of 5G goes from 2ms to 1ms. With a low latency rate, real-time communication of vehicles, healthcare monitoring systems, drones and robotics applications become fast and instant.
Bandwidth: 5G offers 1000x bandwidth per unit area
Availability: high speed and low latency rate create 99.99% availability of 5G services
Coverage: it provides 100% coverage
All these characteristics of 5G make it viable for IoT. The capacity of 5G to support static and moving devices with high speed, bandwidth, coverage and low latency rate transform IoT architecture digitally.
In a nutshell, 5G and IOT are the drivers of digital transformation. Without these potential forces, the world can’t experience digital revamping where RFID is the root of these two enabling technologies. It embeds intelligence in almost every object, especially who don’t have Internet access, reliable communication system or unique identifier. RFID brings these objects carrying intelligence and digital layers to IoT architecture. The IoT combines all the physical objects across the world to make a heterogeneous network, enabling them to talk with each other. And 5G enhances the real-time connectivity and interactivity of these IoT devices. Hence, RFID, 5G, and IoT are linked with each other, and they’re the future of smart cities.