Twenty milliseconds, that is real time. Almost, actually. Because it is precisely here, in the drastic reduction of response times, the main gift that 5G offers to industry, allowing the opening of new frontiers, both in production processes and in dialogue downstream with products that end up on the market.
Going from 4 to 5G means first of all being able to reduce latency times, technically the interval between the moment in which an input to the network arrives and the moment in which its output is available: the current 20 milliseconds can become 10, in optimal conditions even less than five, allowing direct and continuous control of the connected devices. Potentials in addition to a higher bandwidth and the possibility of being able to manage up to one million different objects per square kilometer, variables capable of enabling new services and applications. It will thus be possible, for example, to carry out a decisive step forward in assisted maintenance with augmented reality, providing the operator with support in real time.
From the end of 2017, Vodafone is the leader of the 5G trial in Milan and among the dozens of projects launched there are numerous in the orbit of the industry, in partnership with industrial actors, service providers and the Polytechnic of Milan. Among these, the development of drones for industrial and infrastructural inspections with the sending of very high definition images, collaborative robotics, last mile logistics through the use of autonomous driving vehicles, assisted maintenance with augmented reality, the automation of industrial processes through machine learning methods capable of reconfiguring lines based on needs.