5G's efficiency and productivity benefits coming soon for engineering companies

IMechE | April 01, 2020

Alongside Industry 4.0, smart factory and industrial digitalisation, the term Industrial Internet of Things IIoT has also grown in prominence over recent years. Broadly, IIoT refers to devices and equipment in industrial settings that have been fitted with sensors and other instrumentation, and then networked together to gather and share data, and to carry out connected operations. These networks are both wired and wireless and often consist of multiple types of communication technologies – for example, industrial SMS and other computer network protocols such as fieldbus systems. However, 5G promises to revolutionise IIoT and help companies increase their productivity. According to Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, 5G has the potential to contribute up to £15.7bn a year to the UK economy by 2025.

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The digitization of enterprises of all sizes, and in all industry verticals, requires entirely new approaches to coding and releasing software enhancements to the customer. Market pressures over the past ten years have forced companies into a faster, nimbler software release mindset. It used to be the norm that companies delivered software on 9-month delivery cycles, with 3-month integration and regression test cycles, only to find out that what was delivered at the end of that cycle was not what the customers wanted, or needed.

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The digitization of enterprises of all sizes, and in all industry verticals, requires entirely new approaches to coding and releasing software enhancements to the customer. Market pressures over the past ten years have forced companies into a faster, nimbler software release mindset. It used to be the norm that companies delivered software on 9-month delivery cycles, with 3-month integration and regression test cycles, only to find out that what was delivered at the end of that cycle was not what the customers wanted, or needed.

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