There are typically just a handful of truly monumental, game-changing moments that we’re lucky enough to witness take place in the world of technology, and we’re fortunate to be on the cusp of one right now. We’re only moments away from the widespread introduction of fifth generation (5G) mobile technology, which is set to completely revolutionize the mobile network and definition of connectivity.
5G “will take a much larger role than previous generations,” connecting both people and machines, objects and devices. Of course, one of its most prevalent features is its speed, but just how fast are we talking? For reference, the human reaction time is around 200-300 milliseconds, 4G technology operates at around 100-200 milliseconds and the all-powerful 5G… just 1 millisecond. Talk about fast!
There’s no doubt that nearly every industry stands to benefit from the rollout of 5G, and security is at the top of the list. The technology will affect almost everything, from the way natural disasters are handled, to the communication between devices within the Internet of Things (IoT), to possibly the most impacted aspect of all: video surveillance. With today’s cameras predominantly connected to the Internet, surveillance systems will experience several advantages from 5G technology:
The most apparent impact of 5G technology revolves around the minutes users will get back in a world without lag time or slow download and upload speeds. This means that security personnel can view smooth and instantaneous live video footage, giving them the ability to facilitate real-time responses to potential incidents or emergencies. Additionally, end users can upload video to the cloud (or download it elsewhere) within seconds.
In areas where surveillance cameras are required to capture an extensive amount of space, such as in cities or at public attractions, wireless frequencies can become bogged down. With both consumers and professionals attempting to connect, security cameras can experience a lag that they cannot afford when it comes to mitigating risk. 5G networks ease up this congestion, creating the ability for more devices to connect at faster, uninterrupted speeds. For reference, the current 4G capacity is around 1 million devices over 500 kilometers; with 5G, this same number of devices will fit and function on the same network in one square kilometer.
Enhanced Mobile Capabilities
Mobile streaming of surveillance footage is more important now than ever before, and 5G significantly raises the bar. Users are given the ability to view crystal clear imaging in the palm of their hand on any mobile device, in virtually real time. This makes response time to any situation faster than it’s ever been, allowing security operators to ensure that they gain full awareness of a scene in a moment’s notice from any location.
It’s not often that we get to see a transformation as noteworthy as the one 5G will bring. The possibilities for end users are limitless with faster connections and greater connectivity — and not to mention the elevated level of insight made possible through incorporating advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics. At the same time, security manufacturers will be able to produce video cameras and various devices that push the limits of surveillance technology, enabling their customers to achieve their security and business goals in ways never thought possible.