5G is here. Kind of. 2019 is the year of the rollout, with mobile and fixed location 5G available emanating out from major urban hubs. All indications point to 2020 being the year of 5G ubiquity. This is very exciting news for AV, but how do you stay a few steps ahead and implement the best 5G applications for your business?

In case you’ve been missing the hype, here’s a bit of what to expect in the new 5G networked environment: Samsung’s Alok Shah writes, “Thanks to sub-millisecond air latency, the network will feel instantly responsive while simultaneously supporting ten times as many devices at significantly lower power consumption profiles.” We are at the dawn of 5G reality. We’ve seen the validation of core mobility technologies and witnessed demonstrations of multi-Gbps data rates and low-latency performance. These advances are just a taste of what’s to come with 5G.

It’s happening and AV needs will only increase with as 5G becomes more commonplace. Here are a few things to consider around design, solutions, and the tremendous opportunity the 5G rollout presents.

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The first decisions will be about infrastructure design. 1Gb or 10Gb? If you’re willing to make the investment, businesses can future proof their systems with 10Gb. For businesses and institutions not willing or able to put up the money, 1Gb will be able to provide high quality now, but with less forward-looking capacity than putting in 10Gb from the start.

While larger infrastructures will continue to benefit from LAN tethered to terra firma, smaller spaces will see huge benefits from a robust 5G infrastructure.

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5G technology means strong connections literally on the go, so no more running around the office or jobsite looking for network connections. The connection will travel with you along cell towers. This can make services available in areas where fast networks have not existed before, so collaboration can happen most anywhere.

Existing technology like video conferencing will be faster and experience far less latency.  AR and VR applications will continue their progress from toys and games to real-time getting things done through applications like VR conferencing. The coming 5G superhighway will enable more of this augmented reality to happen without lag time.

Further, utilizing 5G networks, it will become clear that we have up to this point just been scratching the surface of the potential wide-ranging benefits of AR and VR. Imagine, for instance, architects being able to quickly and easily project a 3D rendering at a conference table in the course of a meeting.

Opportunities

  • Digital Signage – The low latency of 5G presents some immediate big opportunities in digital signage. With instantaneous facial recognition, geofencing ad applications will be on the rise.
  • Better Remote Collaboration – Tech developers have made meaningful progress in improving AV solutions. The Meeting Owl is Owl Labs’ flagship product that enhances the conferencing experience with a 360-degree intelligent camera and eight omnidirectional microphones, enabling participants to see a panoramic view of the entire conference room. If supported by 5G, solutions of this nature could bring remote collaboration to the next level.

So as the promise of 5G is delivered, AV Integration will have a crucial role in bringing the pieces of the puzzle together. With travel and remote work being done more and more, audio and video conferencing is becoming a much more regular occurrence in the workplace. 5G is making unified communication, in general, more seamless. With 5G, team members can now use mobile devices to join the meeting – with lag times and connection issues becoming less and less of an issue.

There will be ample applications for enhanced 5G capabilities to benefit clients across industries, so gear up for an exciting ride.