How in-building
wireless and 5G
small cell
could help
retailers and more

Author: Rose de Fremery

As 5G becomes more widespread, people are relying on its high-speed connectivity wherever they go. Indoor 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology can help businesses in multiple industries deliver these connections, making everyday operations and interactions more convenient for businesses and customers alike.

Here's a look at how 5G will advance businesses in the manufacturing sector, in smart buildings, in retail settings and beyond.

In-building wireless: 5G in manufacturing and smart buildings

Manufacturers are already using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies for predictive maintenance and asset tracking in factory settings. They can also tap in-building wireless 5G to enable more responsive control of robots and drones in these environments. For example, a manufacturing or industrial firm might deploy such robots for logistics or maintenance purposes, automating key processes on the factory floor. Robots and drones can conduct surveys, accessing locations that are dangerous for humans and gathering valuable data to keep operations running well.

Companies can also use in-building wireless 5G in smart buildings and parking garages as well as in similarly challenging environments where robust 5G connectivity would otherwise be difficult to achieve. It also can help building owners reduce energy consumption and improve safety with video cameras and smart lighting technology.

Although these beneficial 5G use cases have been challenging to pull off until recently, 5G small cell solutions that increase 5G capacity in a building and coverage are making these capabilities possible.

5G small cell technology: 5G in retail and indoor business settings

Retailers are looking for ways to improve their operations and provide a more convenient in-store experience. In-building 5G wireless technology can help. For example, retailers place tracking chips on products to give both managers and customers an accurate inventory of available items, automatically updating it through mobile edge computing (MEC) and 5G.

Shoppers can also use augmented reality (AR) apps to instantly access product information on their smartphones and virtually see alternative merchandise colors and styles in different environments or on their body.  Since AR technology requires abundant bandwidth and low latency, 5G small cell solutions will be important for making these convenient experiences possible.

Other types of businesses can benefit from in-building 5G as well. Robust 5G connectivity can support active displays and touch screens that welcome visitors upon arrival to a building, potentially even enabling ambient computing one day. The hospitality sector can use 5G small cell technology to enable virtual reality (VR) experiences and other rich, bandwidth-intensive entertainment services. 

Give your customers 5G speed and convenience

As 5G becomes ubiquitous, businesses will find even more ways to use in-building wireless 5G to improve their operations and give customers a better experience. By planning ahead and future-proofing their indoor infrastructure for 5G now, these organizations will be well positioned to take advantage of all the business advancements that 5G makes possible.

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