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The Crucial Role of Private 5G Technology in Industry 4.0 & Beyond

By Prangya Pandab - October 03, 2022 4 Mins Read


The popularity of private 5G networks has increased globally as regulators offer businesses additional spectrum to build up their own private 5G networks. This is a progressive opportunity for businesses needing 5G capabilities to deploy their transformative applications. This digital transformation will now drive the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart factories.

Industry 4.0 is now here and promises more operational flexibility and cost savings. It will revolutionize the technology industry by advancing remote monitoring, asset tracking, advanced analytics, and preventative maintenance. All of these developments, however, depend on connectivity. Today, Wi-Fi or fixed cables—expensive, restricted to stationary assets, and extremely difficult to scale—connect most industrial facilities. Automation is crucial to enabling the economies of scale. This is where Private 5G is making a significant impact.

Private 5G is a powerful force because of connectivity. Private 5G networks can address the connectivity issues by providing businesses with ultra-fast, highly reliable, and secure networks that are customized to their specific requirements and provide them greater control. These capabilities will prepare industries ready for new 5G-enabled applications that could completely transform how they operate in the future.

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The Crucial Role of Private 5G Networks 

Private 5G networks deliver high bandwidth with superfast connectivity and data rates. Additionally, these networks offer ultra-low latency, great reliability, and scalability. They are capable of holding large numbers of IoT-connected devices and sensors. These networks are, therefore, suitable for companies that need extremely low latency to handle vast networks of connected devices.

In addition to seamless connectivity, private 5G networks support a variety of applications. They help with mission-critical wireless communication with critical infrastructure, business operations, and public safety. The foundation for smart manufacturing and smart factories is laid by 5G-enabled technologies, which also provide businesses with compelling advantages. These networks support use cases for advanced technology, including autonomous vehicles, automated guided vehicle systems, collaborative mobile robots, AR, and predictive maintenance, among others.

The Impact of Industry 4.0 

Deployments of 5G private networks are increasing, and industry leaders expect significant expansion in the years to come.

Today, new devices equipped with sensors pave the way for 5G and Industry 4.0, enabling more intelligent and real-time operations. At the same time, machine builders, cloud providers, industrial automation OEMs, network vendors, and AI technology providers collaborate to create new solutions. These solutions, such as preventive maintenance, enable industries like manufacturing to realize their vision of a 5G future-smart factory.

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Additionally, service providers having 5G licensed spectrum are providing managed services that include private wireless networks to their enterprise clients as they see it as an opportunity for growth for their business. Automation, machine-learning algorithms and analytics, will replace human operators in conducting routine tasks. This will result in efficient and quicker production with minimal human involvement, only needed for system maintenance and monitoring.

Advantages of Industry 4.0

The role of 5G and the opportunities for better ROI with Industry 4.0 are tremendous because of the benefits offered by the technology. Industry 4.0 technologies enhance automation, decision-making, machine-to-machine communication, and manufacturing oversight. They make it possible to produce more and faster, distribute resources more effectively and economically, and foster innovative ideas.

Less machine downtime and quicker batch changes provide increased efficiency. Additionally, it promotes automatic reporting and track-and-trace processes. While traditional manufacturing facilities work in silos with little knowledge sharing, Industry 4.0 technologies promote collaborative working and knowledge sharing.

The Way Forward

The industry will continue to profit from the 5G revolution as its role continues to expand. With its higher capacity, lower latency, and faster speeds, 5G is expected to be the driver of innovation in the industry landscape.

The impact of 5G will be significant because of its ability to provide tremendous levels of connectivity. With extremely reliable low latency communication, fast broadband, efficient energy use, and enormous machine-type communications, it can enhance 4G networks. These features will revolutionize a number of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare transportation, and public services.

Overall, 5G will have a significant impact on the industry by bridging the digital divide and managing the carbon footprint.

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Prangya Pandab

Prangya Pandab is an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. She is a seasoned journalist with almost seven years of experience in the business news sector. Before joining ODM, she was a journalist with CNBC-TV18 for four years. She also had a brief stint with an infrastructure finance company working for their communications and branding vertical.

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