How does 5G impact logistics?


The 5G network will help cargo operators follow environmental and social regulations to achieve sustainable development. 

The fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity is set to bring significant changes in transportation. In which, digital logistics is one of the big promises, along with potential efficiencies and benefits. Cargo flows also change due to future technological trends. Furthermore, cargo operators need to follow increasingly stringent environmental and social regulations to achieve sustainable development.

5G is the convergence technology of the next-generation mobile networks, addressing more diverse and advanced requirements for data, capacity, security, reliability, availability, latency, and impact to the battery life. However, so far, the number of 5G trials in logistics has not been much, raising some concerns about its ability to improve revenue for this industry.

In Europe, the "green deal" towards entirely decarbonization by 2050 is finding solutions in the transportation field. These solutions might include supporting multimodal transport and supporting 3 European gates via using 5G to reduce CO2 emissions.

5G is considered a quantum jump from 4G. It brings a much higher level of capacity, data speeds, enabling new applications and unlocking more potential. It has been expected to impact the manufacturing and logistics industries.

This 5th generation mobile internet realizes digital transformation and promotes the 4.0 industrial revolution. The future factory is where people and machines work together safely to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and produce goods sustainably. With the advent of smart factories, shipping speeds will be faster, and 5G will allow businesses to shift production lines more efficiently.

Furthermore, logistics warehouses and factory locations need to connect to check inventory and scan barcodes. They also have to communicate to outside storage spaces and trucks on the road. 5G enables production automation and supply chain management to collect and process data effectively. 

However, Mr. Patrick Hirscher, EMEA LTE/5G market development manager Zyxel, said many WLANs could cause a random interruption. 5G will be the solution to maintain security and avoid delays. This network is also an optimal choice as the primary WAN for new factories because it could meet large capacity and fast processing requirements. Then, it is possible to achieve the goal of automating supply chains and production, monitoring moving vehicles in real-time, and synchronizing data.

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