Thanks to 5G, these connected urban objects – streetlights, parking meters, garbage bins, utilities – will be able to communicate at speeds 20 to 100 times faster than today, with ultra-low latency and maximum capacity.
By optimizing energy management, preventing traffic congestion, and reducing air contamination, these connected infrastructure systems are expected to improve cities' sustainability. Additionally, the development of smart infrastructure could also increase accessibility for public services like emergency vehicles and waste management.
But in order to achieve the speeds and reliability required to meet these next-generation goals, telecommunications carriers will have to deploy a host of new “small cell” transmitters inside and around buildings. Whereas most of today’s cellular data travels between obtrusive towers and antennas that may rise hundreds of feet in the air, compact polycarbonate packaging allows small cell transmitters to be reduced to the size of a football, without sacrificing performance.
Mounted on streetlights, utility poles, buildings, and other structures, these discreet small cells will help our connected urban infrastructure rapidly access computing and analytical capabilities to make real-time decisions about traffic control, energy consumption, and emergency response. The result? A safer, cleaner, and more sustainable urban environment for us all.