In this white paper, we’ll explore the opportunities on the horizon thanks to the dawn of 5G as it relates to the smart warehouse ecosystem.
5G can change the way smart devices communicate with each other, making this an exciting time to be thinking about revenue and operations improvements. Warehousing needs vary wildly by industry and may differ significantly for the same company at different times of the year. The flexibility and efficiency offered by 5G will provide substantial value in addressing these issues and can full transform your warehouse into a smart warehouse ecosystem.
Why You Should Care About 5G
As 5G rolls out, it will offer new capabilities to address a variety of challenges and prompt new innovations for IoT in warehouses. Not only can smart devices now optimize many processes already implemented, but with the help of 5G, IoT will catalyze a new wave of consumer, employee, and environmental-centric innovations. There are new cost reduction and carbon footprint improvement strategies coming due entirely to 5G. Before we dive into specifics, let’s clarify why there is so much buzz about 5G, particularly concerning IoT. How is 5G fundamentally different from previous technologies? A major difference that’s responsible for many of the improvements of 5G over 4G is the significantly higher frequencies on which it operates. Where 4G operates on frequencies between 700 MHz – 2500 MHz, 5G networks operate around 28 GHz (Vella 2019). What does this mean practically? Tim Fisher, writing for Lifewire, summarizes:
These high frequencies are great for a number of reasons, one of the most important being that they support a huge capacity for fast data. Not only are they less cluttered with existing cellular data, and so can be used in the future for increasing bandwidth demands, they’re also highly directional and can be used right next to other wireless signals without causing interference.”Tim Fisher
This is scratching the surface of the materials covered inside this white paper from Very – download now to dive deeper into the opportunities 5G presents, namely in developing a smart warehouse ecosystem.