Real World Applications For 5G 

In our last installment, Andy Penley of ZenFi Networks told us that networks, operators and communities must evolve to accommodate the newest generation of networking, 5G.  Read further to learn more about Penley’s thoughts on applications for 5G and how he sees it making our day-to-day lives more efficient, functional and ultimately, hopefully more enjoyable.

Andy Penley is excited to give real-world examples for how 5G could positively impact our lives.   He begins with first responders. He says that first responders will benefit from faster speeds and greater capacity that enable firefighters to save more lives through the use of smart building floor plans that offer insights such as real time room temperature readings. He gives another example of rescue workers being able to access real time video footage from aerial and remote locations during a natural disaster to help them target their response. With faster information access comes the ability to complete lifesaving tasks more efficiently.

He goes on to say that teachers and students across the world will be able to more effectively continue education beyond the classroom, leveraging more interactive platforms and greater access to global online resources, including other top worldwide educators. Similarly, healthcare workers will be able to better support patients with the ability to easily communicate with the world’s best surgeons and specialists without having to travel. Furthermore, smart health wearables will monitor crucial patient vitals and provide ongoing updates to primary care providers, helping telehealth achieve an unprecedented level of effectiveness and accessibility. 

Penley explains to us that the same high-capacity fiber networks that enable these assorted capabilities will also be leveraged to provide better broadband services to more enterprise businesses and homes, allowing service to better align with work from home demands and even entertainment needs. In short, he says, 5G lowers the cost of access and barrier-to-entry for essential or even just life-enhancing services that may only currently be available to those who have the means to meet them where they currently exist. 

In short, Penley clearly conveys that 5G removes roadblocks that keep many individuals and communities from achieving the quality of life and operations that today only some can take advantage of, and the opportunities are limitless.

In the next installment of the series, read how Andy Penley summarizes his collaborative approach to wireless deployments.

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