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The year is 2020 and the world is gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic. With social distancing and remote working highly encouraged, our reality has changed drastically in a space of weeks and months. A return to the pre-coronavirus status quo seems unthinkable and waves of change are being felt across all levels of society. How will businesses react amidst widespread reports of temporary layoffs and long-term unemployment which are fueling the growing impact of the virus on the global economy?
Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the latest iteration of cellular radio technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks while, at the same time, significantly reducing latency. Typically, a new generation is named when it denotes a significant leap in wireless mobile technologies, and 5G will provide significantly advanced features, such as higher data rates (peak of 10 GB/s); lower latency (1-4 milliseconds); and higher capacity at each tower (1M+ sensors per square kilometer).
From inpatient monitoring to connected drug delivery systems, remote appointments to at-home care for high-risk patients, the use cases of IoT in healthcare are infinite. Given the rising pressure on doctors and nurses, IoT applications could be more widely implemented to alleviate the strain, ensuring patients continue to receive the same high - or even improved - levels of care. Not only do connected devices aid physicians, they may also empower patients to play a more active role in managing their own health. First, though, a reliable connectivity solution is required in order to successfully deploy, and take full advantage of the benefits offered by IoT health applications.
Up to now, IoT has always had to use standard plastic SIMs , but eSIM is changing all that with the potential for increased openness and flexibility.
LTE clearly has the right attributes for private business networks and the key performance parameters, a peak rate of 1 Gbps and latency less than 50 milliseconds, are state-of-the-art figures. They can run low data rate applications like LTE-M and NB-IoT, as well as the high data rates needed for on-line security cameras. This adds up to a very positive case for employing LTE connectivity on private networks.
The future of automation in UK industry looks promising, at least in the sense that companies are willing to seize the opportunity presented by COVID-19 to introduce technologies not requiring human intervention in the workplace. Furthermore, Pod Group’s latest survey also reveals that efforts to automate processes will be ramped up as a result of the pandemic. However, automation technology needs to be adopted for the right reasons and with a clear strategy. Not defining the“how” will get businesses nowhere, with the outcome a far cry from what was initially envisaged.
While most of the industry focus is on deploying new networks based on 5G New Radio (5G NR), the evolution of 4G LTE networks will continue to be a pillar of cellular networks for a long time to come. Due to investments required, cellular operators will be focused on deploying the new 5G NR networks where they are needed most — urban and dense urban parts of the network where capacity needs are highest and cell site concentration is densest. Hence, for the foreseeable future, underlying 4G LTE networks will provide the broad-based, ubiquitous, countrywide coverage for the 5G NR devices.
This paper will look at the characteristics of the traditional, Standard SIM and of the next generation of SIM and explain how they are different and the resulting benefits of the next generation of SIM technology
As IoT capabilities and cellular connectivity requirements change, the emergence of eSIM has been heralded as the ultimate answer. While it certainly can help alleviate many of the current challenges IoT providers face – like achieving cost-effective global coverage and prolonging the lifespan of their investments – there are a few misconceptions that still need to be cleared up. The promise of eSIM is great, but the first step in implementing this new technology is understanding its capabilities as well as its ideal use-cases.
Across industries and across use cases and business processes, organisations are increasingly implementing Internet of Things (IoT) applications to improve operational efficiencies, enhance existing offerings, and bring new offerings to market.
PREPARING FOR 2G AND 3G SUNSETS
In the consumer market, 4G and 5G LTE standards continue to gain favor as the preferred networks for phones and tablets, thanks to increased data speeds. Consumers might not give much thought to the differences between generations of cellular technology, but engineers and network professionals who manage remote commercial and industrial equipment are, naturally, very focused on the nuances and distinctions that can affect their short- and long-term plans. As many carriers announce their plans to sunset their legacy networks, managers of corporate wireless networks must prepare for the migration away from legacy 2G and 3G networks. This migration, which is already well underway in North America, Western and Northern Europe,Japan and South Korea, is driven by the pursuit of three fundamental and worthy benefits.