Because we’ve lived in a high-latency world for so long, businesses don’t really think about latency—until they run up against a barrier. Instead, they build applications with latency limitations in mind.
In a low-latency economy, businesses will start to develop applications and use cases that seize this new opportunity.
A key theme will be enabling remote and autonomous devices to operate in near-real time without paying the latency penalty.
- Smart factories—that react in milliseconds to quality issues or changes on the line.
- Remote construction—guiding robots around unsafe or difficult-to-reach sites.
- Massive, multi-user VR experiences—from group simulations to “walk-through” holograms.
- Autonomous vehicle fleets—optimizing routes in near-real time.
These are the kinds of 5G low latency use cases that only become possible when you bring the core close to the edge to seriously reduce latency.
Here’s a closer look at a few low-latency 5G network applications.
Automated construction monitoring
In a low-latency world, AI and remote-controlled robots can help scale up specialized skills. Companies can operate highly intelligent inspection robots to monitor job progress and keep multi-million-dollar projects on track.
A low-latency network will be critical infrastructure for the next wave of manufacturing innovation. As the Industrial Internet of Things builds sensors into every part, supply, machine, process, and warehouse location, AI-powered algorithms will optimize real-time manufacturing in ways no human could ever even attempt.
With all machines and robots wirelessly connected, you’ll be able to reconfigure entire production lines on the fly, improving your whole process to meet new needs.
The tactile internet
When virtual reality can be live streamed with haptic feedback, the potential applications increase dramatically. Tennis coaches will see exactly what their players see and feel the ball on the racket. An operator remotely manipulating a robotic hand will feel the fingers’ grip on an object.
And for each of these new experiences, there’s a business opportunity waiting to be seized. This is the promise of low-latency 5G.