Robotics and 5G

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5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity. It will be around 10 times faster than 4G speeds, with far more bandwidth and more reliable connections – and for robotics, that makes all the difference. Until now, the only way to transmit the vast quantities of data needed to operate robots without lag has been to keep them tethered with a wired connection, but thanks to 5G networking, that could all be about to change.

To function efficiently, robots need to exchange huge volumes of data with systems. For this to happen, the capacity and capability of a 5G network is needed.

5G will pave the way for a new generation of robots, some free to roam, controlled via wireless rather than wired communications links and exploiting the vast computing and data storage resources of the cloud.5G is almost certain to let robots’ function more efficiently and serve more applications than ever before. 5G should be viewed as the beginning of a new era in telecommunications that fully enables robotics and many other applications for the first time.

5g will be ideal for advanced services like remote surgery, autonomous vehicles and smart connected cities.

To enable applications like robotics the 5G standard recognizes that less than 1 milli second will be required, a colossal technical challenge. (Current 4G LTE cellular networks have round-trip latency of about 50 milli seconds). Other promised benefits of 5G such as cloud computing and increasing data rates are relatively “simple” when compared to reducing latency to such a minute level.

Even more excitingly, low-latency, reliable, high-bandwidth mobile networking will allow cloud-powered AI to the equation. A robot connected to the cloud via 5G could use machine learning to find the best way of navigating its environment and performing tasks without being specifically programmed in advance.

One of the most important uses for 5G in robotics will be medicine – specifically remote surgery – surgery via telepresence. Also, industrial robots in factories and their use in agriculture.