Imagine a city where autonomous vehicles communicate with traffic lights and ground sensors to solve traffic jams.

According to a study by the Canadian wireless and Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a 10% reduction in commuter travel time can improve productivity, resulting in an increase of C $270 million in Vancouver’s GDP and C $535 million in Montreal’s GDP.

Or imagine a city where firefighters don’t have to wait to track building plans to get to a fire. Instead, they use real-time virtual reality (VR) technology to navigate the building, which eliminates the effects of smoke and fire.

These are just some potential solutions that may be brought about by the development of next-generation cellular technology 5g. Every generation of us has new possibilities.

“When 4G came along, I don’t think anyone could have predicted Uber or many different applications. Said Robert ghiz, President and CEO of CWTA“ What will really happen now is really unpredictable, but the possibilities are endless. “

5g technology is expected to be 100 times faster than the existing 4G network in Canada, and the delay rate or delay in real-time sending and receiving data is much lower. Compared with the current network, it can also handle more connected devices, so that they can talk to each other. Driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, the great potential of smart city and Internet of things will be released.

Mr. Ghiz said that autopilot is one of the main examples of 5G’s progress. The current 4G technology is not fast enough.

Driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, the great potential of smart city and Internet of things will be released

Industry and government will benefit first, according to a 2019 report entitled accelerating 5g in Canada: benefits for urban and rural communities, commissioned by CWTA and written by Accenture, a consulting firm.

Healthcare will see connected ambulances, remote and home care, and wearable technologies that monitor health. Smart grids will manage energy more efficiently, thereby reducing costs and usage. Smart sensors will optimize everything from streetlights to garbage removal.

“When you look at the city, you can monitor traffic and infrastructure, as well as social services such as intelligent ambulances or telemedicine, or smart healthcare, so you don’t have to go to the hospital to enjoy the services. Due to the application of 5g technology, there will be many different innovative applications in the future. ” Mr. ghiz said.

The Accenture report estimates that an intelligent lighting system that dims and brightens streetlights as needed can save the city of Yellowknife alone $150000 a year, plus Kingston, Ontario, as much as $930000.

Claudia krywiak, President and CEO of OCE, Ontario, said: “from our point of view, 5g will drive changes in the rules of the game in some areas that will accelerate the development of smart cities.

“Some applications, such as applications related to the deployment of interconnected and autopilot cars, and applications related to large-scale deployment of IOT, actually depend on the powerful functions of 5G. “At the moment, you can’t meet the connection level, density level and latency type required for 4G or above applications,” Ms. krywiak said

“There are many cities in Ontario that are beginning to adopt smart city technology,” Ms. krywiak said“ All of these types of plans will ultimately benefit from 5g deployment. “

It’s not just big city centers that benefit. “5g offers a great opportunity in terms of rural challenges, especially in terms of last mile connectivity, because 5g can help keep last mile connectivity online,” Ms. krywiak said

Ms. krywiak said that better connectivity between rural and northern communities in Canada would enable people to access services such as telemedicine and agriculture. According to a September 2019 report prepared by the information and Communication Technology Commission (ICTC), the benefits of these areas will include the government’s ability to use technology to provide a wider range of services in more distant places, as well as the ability to telecommuting, including community and telemedicine services.

CWTA’s research also said that the use of sensor networks and aerial scanning for intelligent crop management can achieve targeted pesticide application, which can reduce the dosage by up to 85%. The rapeseed industry in Saskatchewan alone can save as much as 360 million US dollars per year, while reducing the impact on the environment and human health.

The report also hinted that expanding broadband coverage to rural and remote areas could enable enterprises to enter the national and global labor markets, and enable citizens to work remotely, thus increasing the GDP of Newfoundland and Labrador by US $430 million and that of Nova Scotia by US $520 million.

SmarTone solutions, based in Wanjin, Ontario, has developed a platform to connect smart homes and buildings to smart communities using software that enables applications to work together. SmarTone has also worked with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to develop fall detectors and motion sensors to maintain patient control.

Ted maulucci, President of SmarTone, said 5g needs to be unveiled.

Yes, it’s faster, but he said it needs twice as much infrastructure as we do today“ It’s a great technology. It’s going to make a lot of really amazing things come true. But people have to understand that it’s a huge investment, “Mr. murucci said.” it’s like your railway. Why don’t we look at communications infrastructure that way? “

Mr. maurouge said Canada must be strategic in building infrastructure. Once the foundations are laid – physical networks, software platforms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence – to use data, the next applications will be exciting.

“With infrastructure, we can really and truly impact community life, and that will continue.”

        Editor in charge: PJ

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