Future of Robotics with 5G

July, 2019

5G - the fifth generation of cellular mobile communication has witnessed an increase in adoption during the end of 2018. The technology is expected to be in wide use by the first half of 2019 in a few developed countries across the world. Many telecom giants like Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T have started to roll out 5G mainly in experimental phase. AT&T has launched its 5G network in 12 US cities including Atlanta and New Orleans. 5G offers several benefits over the previous cellular mobile generations like 4G and 3G with one major difference being the 20 Gb/s peak data rate and reduced latency (latency is the lag in time between data sent and received).

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5G is expected to have a huge impact on the robotics industry. It can lead to the development of independent robots which can autonomously carry out repairs and welding works eliminating WLAN. Also, 5G has lesser latency of less than 1ms compared to 4G networks which had latency of 50ms or more. 5G makes robot deployment in manufacturing plants smarter and these robots will be able to exchange huge amount of information and will change the working of shop floor by communicating with other 5G devices in the factory. Fully autonomous cars could be considered as a 5G robot and could transform automotive industry and will help in a massive leap in terms of transportation.

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In the future factories we will witness an increasing number of robots and it is expected to result in higher production throughput. However, the robots needed for this type of sophisticated use case is still in its infancy and will require more investment in 5G and automation. 5G will take time to revolutionize robotics. Once the technologies are developed a new era of communications would arise and there would be a greater number of smart factories.

- Arjun Das
ICT - Research Analyst
Infoholic Research