John Deere is bringing 5G technology into its factories, including in Iowa
Why it matters:
5G will be a massive shift for every industry globally; it will streamline complex operations.
John Deere obtained private 5G licenses for five counties in November which include Polk, Black Hawk, and Scott counties.
What is 5G:
5G is a super-fast cellular service, designed to empower the ever-expanding Internet of Things for example self-driving cars and virtual reality.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a cellphone with a 5G network can download a movie in 15 seconds however, a cellphone with a 4G connection takes up to 6 to 8 minutes.
John Deere – Devices using 5G can process data very fast, making things work more effectively and smoothly.
The big picture:
At the industrial level, this speed can provide and transmit real-time feedback. Having the speed that 5G provides, companies can eliminate the wires and ethernet cables – allowing more flexibility with the machines’ connections.
The company is planning to utilize 5G in several areas:
- Using a factory’s surveillance system paralleled with 5G can provide real-time suggestions for better workplace efficiency.
- VR technology helped with 5G can streamline employee training.
- Real-time electronically composed sensors can detect the malfunctioning of a machine.