5G in Industry 4.0 – Let’s make this revolution together
What are the changes and how to deliver major productivity and performance improvement.
We are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution. The next step of this evolution will be triggered by the combination of emerging technologies – like the IoT, autonomous robots, augmented reality, drones, A.I., just to mention a few – and enhanced by the implementation and democratization of the 5G networks.
The 5G expansion will provide a broader range of opportunities, including the optimization of new projects, access to relevant information for decision-making and enhancement of the end-user experience. A fully operational 5G network is estimated to be at least 10x faster than an LTE network, and this is the rate of connectivity necessary to make self-driving cars and collaborative robotics to work together in factories.
According to a study by McKinsey & Company, 5G will contribute to the optimization of industrial operations, making the daily management of assets and people more efficient. Operation-management applications in manufacturing could account for around 32 to 39 percent of the total potential IoT economic value. In numbers, that means around US$0.5 trillion to US$1.3 trillion, by 2030.
In this research made by McKinsey & Company and in the book Tools and Weapons, that also talks about the industry 4.0, we were able to highlight some important topics about the importance of 5G technology and how it will help not only companies but also the whole world to increase even more the ability of communications and improvements itself.
Connection is the most important topic highlighted by both of the studies. Imagine that you are in a farm in the middle of the United States and the closest city is at least 30 minutes away. Although it is a very specific case, this situation can be found in several countries. Smith points out how intermittent cell phone infrastructure and the lack of a good broadband internet connection affected the work of firemen monitoring forest fires in 2016. This kind of situation can become very critical when a wind gales and transforms a forest fire in a matter of minutes.
The Report Map to Prosperity, published in 2019 and organized by the Center of Rural Affairs of the United States, indicates that the number of broadband connections is directly related to job opportunities. If broadband connections are so impactful, imagine what 5G could represent as a digital transformation player.
The numbers presented in the McKensey study show a lot of opportunities for organizations in different areas. But first, we have to understand that when we talk about companies and organizations, we are talking about professionals and people management. And leaders have an important role in this digital transformation. But what can they do?
Change and evolve are everyone’s responsibility. Often, technological deployments are regarded as projects run by the IT department. The point is that technology alone is not enough. We need the people and we need leadership as role models. The managers can lead by example and engage their teams for the necessary transformation we need.
Decide who owns the project. It’s important to be clear who is the owner of the project. Many companies make digital projects with decision team making dispersed across functions, business units, and levels.
Developer for scale. The emerging technologies must be grounded in business outcomes. Often, corporate customers get caught up in the technology and focus only on pilots.
Collaboration is crucial. A first critical step is filling the gap of talents of your company. Recruiting Cybersecurity Engineers, Data Engineers and Scientists is essential. You must also upskill their current workforces in data science. Have strategic partners for this process.
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5G: Moving Industry 4.0 To The Next Level (forbes.com)
The Future Is Here: How 5G Is Revolutionizing Digital Identity (forbes.com)
Beyond the 5G revolution lies a broader evolution into a more connected world | McKinsey
Tools and Weapons – Brad Smith