5G and Augmented Reality - Enabling New Experiences.

According to a report by Accedian, 76% of manufacturers plan to adopt private 5G by 2024. As a result, the ability to support artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR), sectors like health care, manufacturing, and emergency services will be altered.

Challenges in 5G adoption

Building a network from the ground up is expensive, and carriers would like to pass on these costs to the customers. Enterprises that leverage 5G merely to replace enterprise connectivity or substitute cost will not realize the full potential of the technology.

Experts agree that, while the cost factor of 5G adoption is exorbitant, the value expansion and the disruption opportunity it offers justify the investment. The value proposition and the opportunity offered by 5G will outweigh the costs for most scenarios across enterprises. That said, some industry segments will delay adoption until the costs are viable for consumer experiences.

Manufacturers Ripe to Adopt 5G

5G is reaching maturity quickly in many regions with operators looking for ways to differentiate their offerings and showcase capability. But most industries aren’t yet equipped with the right infrastructure to support 5G - with the exception of manufacturing. With speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G — and a much more reliable connection — 5G can be used in manufacturing facilities to develop and implement technologies that increase production and optimize processes.

Manufacturers are almost entirely dependent on the successful connections between machines and thus are ripe to adopt 5G. But that’s only true if their IT teams are equipped with the right knowledge, skills, tools, and the ecosystem of service providers and technology vendors that can provide the tools and support to make individual visions of Industry 4.0 a reality. One critical player, is our partner, T-Mobile. Their Extended Range 5G and Ultra Capacity 5G empower factories and warehouses across the country to rethink their operational models and put future-state plans into action.

5G and AR Mature Alongside Each Other

As 5G matures alongside the consumer AR and VR markets, that consumer element combines with enterprise to create ubiquitous opportunity. One such opportunity is AR remote assistance. This emerging technology allows experts to visually guide and collaborate with field technicians to solve problems - using a remote connection to temporarily view or control a computer or a mobile device over a network or the Internet.

According to the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA), the benefits of AR-enhanced remote assistance can be measured as reduced time to complete the procedures with lower (or no) errors and need for travel. Also, the on-site user will be able to perform and learn how to complete more diverse and complex tasks without prior training, leading to higher workforce flexibility.

When wearing an Augmented Reality headset, participants can collaborate and co-create using 3D models. All of the actions and inputs from the on-site user’s location are seen and heard by the expert in real-time until the procedure is completed or the inspection is finished.

The Future of Connectivity

For years, 5G and AR have been paired together as important technology partners, and today we are seeing that partnership grow. Adopting a 5G ecosystem could enable enterprises to better compete in offering edge computing and remote work options without sacrificing connectivity. INFRASI can help bring your strategic viewpoint to technology adoption. Let’s talk, today!

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