Why 5G networks will drive adoption of immersive technologies

Why 5G networks will drive adoption of immersive technologies

With the myriad changes caused by the pandemic to activities we once took for granted; what stands apart is the way and the attitude by which mankind has sustained itself and industry throughout this emergency.  Quick adaptability has enabled many companies to bounce back, by accepting that home-bound personnel should become a remotely managed labour resource. Spearheading this wave of change has been technology. 

Technology was the anchor and the beacon that shepherded the economy through the pandemic, providing resources and tools available to work remotely. 4G and 5G networks have made these solutions a possibility. 5G has been a hot topic everywhere, but the genius of 5G has been buried under its celebrity. Likewise, immersive technology has only recently made its rounds through industries and companies have only now incorporated them in their simulation and production process.

5G networks’ ability to create possible edge-based solutions

The 5th generation mobile network is able to deliver noticeably more responsive technology by farming out the work from a single geographic point of large data-centers, to its many distribution points within a country or region. This regionalisation of data enables ultra fast network responses, since the user and its data are geographically close, whilst key processing can also be carried out within equipment tied to their region or locality.

It is now quite possible that an educator can teach students across the globe in real-time. Teaching with the aid of immersive experiences, for instance on the topic of how cars are built, can now be covered by students interacting with virtual or augmented scenes. These immersive learning worlds enhance learning by encouraging remote collaboration with student peers, as well as enabling students to create their own learning experiences that can be moderated by professional educators and shared with other students. 

The use of 5G in this scenario guarantees a highly valued, reliable, responsive, and cost effective learning experience, and has the potential to drive industry trends within the future of work.

Immersive technology in the enterprise sector

Immersive technology has been mainly associated with gaming and entertainment, but the technology has also branched into almost every industry. 5G networks enabling the adoption of immersive technologies is an undertaking worthy of our support, given all its merits. A new world of possibilities is what 5G network innovations can fuel, particularly given the many usages of immersive technology. 

If regulations, architecture and security are given due attention, we could possibly witness directly influenced advancements in industries like medicine and medical technologies. Immersive technology driven by 5G networks could create a platform for real time diagnostics and possibly remote patient-delivery. It may also widen collaboration by enabling effective international participation from professional communities acting on regional or local solutions. 

This would make augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), driven by 5G, a digital tool-set that industries could use as an essential component of the service or product manufacturing and planning process. 5G networks integration could productise immersive tech offerings by enabling wide commercial distribution, with effective regional or local context.

Companies have been gaining traction thanks to 5G communication and edge-computing solutions by creating customer immersive experiences. They have been testing out the upgrade to consumer retail by incorporating AR/VR/MR solutions.

The adoption of immersive technologies has been a quiet revolution that has already been set in motion. The 5G era would be a catalyst in a louder adoption of immersive technology. 

What does that mean for businesses?

4G has already brought us closer during the pandemic and has enabled us to carry out work and execute it well in spite of distance. 5G networks would make it more effective and efficient. 

5G networks will enable collaborators to enjoy real-time interactions and edge-based cloud processing thus improving user experience. For companies, this means a smarter work environment where highly integrated AR and VR experiences that can aid workflow, can be created and customers are rewarded with captivating experiences at low costs and high speed. A 5G enabled immersive tech experience opens up opportunities and creates more value than we would expect.  However, challenges may come along with this. The diversity of the ecosystem and the 5G solution is complex. The adoption of immersive tech through a 5G network also necessitates the requisite investment. 5G networks reduce cost but its design and implementation focus is more than just the best placement and configuration of its Radio Access Network (RAN).

Acknowledging that 5G networks need to be ready for integration with immersive tech, to deliver better user experience and increase utility across industries, also poses 5G operational hiccups. Some of which include accommodating multiple frequency bands and balancing vendor requirements and frequency layer configurations.

About Appearition

At Appearition, we focus on a single platform approach. This enables customers to get their products and solutions out into the market fast .  5G networks are making it possible to increase performance by utilising the high reliability and low latency inherent to the network. Network Slicing through 5G networks would allow us to channel these connections and create a possibility for consumers to play content on a variety of end-user devices. Network slicing would guarantee a huge leap in consumer utility.

Immersive technology catering to consumers over a common network infrastructure is perfected when it is delivered in real time. Appearition’s platform moves beyond the paradigm of a centralised platform, by utilising edge-technologies that regionalise and localise not just the content, but also key processing to further increase performance and quality.

Appearition’s platform is technically a headless solution. This means that:

  1. The way its features are exposed to its administrators and users are not tied down to a specific view or way of doing things.
  2. Its features can be mixed and matched in the most efficient way for specific cases and uses.
  3. It means that users can integrate applications, content, and services according to their real needs, or the needs of their customers. Appearition can be delivered through 4G or 5G . This level of Appeariton Platform customisation by the users of the platform is key to ensure scaled adoption.

5G networks have opened avenues for immersive tech innovations in a world already moving towards greater automation and decentralised management and production. Companies that will capitalise on this trajectory will not only save but also improve on their key outcomes by welcoming the adoption of immersive tech implemented through 5G technologies.

The future is here – create your own augmented reality experiences

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