Because there has been and continues to be a major influx of devices that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), a need for a newer level of wireless Internet is imminent. The critical piece of technology required to meet the demand created by these devices, and those yet to come, is the fifth generation (5G) of wireless technology.

1) The Internet of Things

The phrase "Internet of Things" was first used in 1999, attributed to Procter & Gamble's Kevin Ashton. This term is used to describe a network of objects that have the capacity to assemble and share information electronically, and it includes the vast array of smart devices that access the Internet. 5G is a faster and smarter way for devices to connect to the Internet, so the devices must also be faster and smarter as well.

The IoT is poised to include updated and smarter appliances that will make use of 5G technology, including washers and dryers, cars, traffic cameras, and roads. Analysts predict that over 20 billion things will join the IoT in the next decade, and the 5G technology is anticipated to be the thread that connects this unimaginably larger network of devices.

2) Increased Bandwidth Capacity

Analysts predict that 5G will address the need for connection capacity brought about by a world of smart devices. 5G is expected to have a bandwidth between 100 and 1,000 times greater than the current 4G network.

3) Super Speed

The speed for the 5G network is set to be faster than any technology the world has seen to date. Samsung's early trials of the technology in 2014 set a speed record with mobile technology, transmitting nearly 8 gigabytes of data per second. The consensus estimate is that 5G will ultimately be able to transmit 10 or more gigabytes per second in its initial stages of use, and transfer rates could reach nearly 1,000 gigabytes per second in the future. Analysts posit that such speeds will revolutionize the global technology sector worldwide.

4) Unbreakable

The most striking prediction about 5G is that it will be unbreakable, that it will remain consistently reliable and above-average in its effectiveness. The 5G network is expected to have a latency of just one millisecond. This factor is one of the most significant because of its implications for the possibilities of use. A flawless technological system of interconnectivity makes new devices and concepts possible in the future.

5) Release Is Imminent

The release of 5G technology is imminent. However, the date and location of 5G's rollout is highly speculative. Consumers in the United Kingdom, for example, don't expect to see the technology until 2020 at the earliest. Some anticipate that the initial commercial rollout could be seen as early as 2018 during the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. The CEO of Nokia, Rajeev Suri, suggested that a rollout as early as 2018 would likely be only a trial release, and that the network would have many kinks yet to work through. Still, the release is touted to be unlike anything the world has ever experienced. The current anticipated release schedule shows South Korea receiving 5G first, with Japan and the U.S. to follow.

The release of this new, faster system is expected to be transformative in many ways, but one of the most promising is the effect 5G is likely to have on transportation. The future of vehicles manned by technology is no longer reserved for major motion pictures. Remote traffic management, real-time navigation, automatic braking systems, and pre-emptive collision detection and prevention are just a few of the possibilities that the implementation of this technology is capable of making a reality. The impact that such advances will have on personal and commercial transportation is truly revolutionary.

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