Wednesday, 24 September 2014

5G and Beyond

5G is the age of full connectivity. The era of partial mobile connectivity is drawing to a close. Full 5G connectivity will change the world of work forever. 

The first mobile phone call was made by New York Motorola engineer Martin Cooper in 1973. Now handsets are computers a thousand times more powerful than the total sum of Nasa’s computing capability 40 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the rollout of 3G and 4G LTE wireless broadband and cloud computing that the nature of work fundamentally changed. Now meaningful collaboration between departments and individuals can occur in real time from anywhere in the world. Remote workers are becoming more engaged and productive. 

Home-work lives are becoming more balanced. 

5G is nearing! 

The impact on business brought by 5G connectivity will be even more profound. 

Fifth generation connectivity is expected in the UK by 2020. Industry experts claim speeds could be 100 times faster than current UK 4G networks – reaching peaks of 1Gbit/s. 

Perhaps even more importantly, the coverage will span the whole of the UK, including remote areas. All businesses – whether digital in roots or not – will be affected by total connectivity. Imagine the paramedic operating on a patient on a mountainside while a hospital-based surgeon issues instructions. Or the personal trainer giving his client a workout from 200 miles away. 

The always-on connections afforded by 5G will begin to make our environments truly smart as the Internet of Things phenomenon develops. 

Apple announced in June its plan for iPhones to become control hubs for the home – allowing us to interact with devices using a network of sensors. Similarly, sensors on machines and in the environment will increasingly transmit information directly into business apps. 

Fulfilling potential Business meetings as we know them could even lose their meaning as barriers to collaboration fall away. Picking up a phone could become a thing of the past as always-open communication routes are accessed by voice commands or gestures. 

Brainstorms from teams spread across the world could become so frequent that they are used to augment every-day thought processes. Business decisions will be made with far greater speed, accuracy and efficiency as constant access to real-time information from colleagues, machines and processes is granted. 

The pace of commerce will quicken. Productivity will rise. With total connectivity and social collaborative software, technical limitations will have far less of a restrictive influence on the quality of human interactions. Mobile collaboration 

The Projectplace tool and smartphone app has been developed by pioneers of cloud connectivity for this always-on, anywhere world. It is enabled for any device and its free app operates on Android and IOS. 

Meanwhile, its digital kanban boards anchor the most complex modern-day projects around the most simple of visual processes. The era of true mobile working is just beginning. The collaborative work that can be facilitated by the best project management software, irrespective of geographic limitations, can drive the profits of every business.

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