The rise of smartphones was a critical development that not only forced us to reconsider how we view connectivity, but also the process for improving in-building connectivity technology. While it is always smart to have a visionary approach to technology, it’s also easy to fall into the trap of waiting for new technologies to arrive. We see promising technologies just over the horizon, and we decide to hold out just a little bit longer, holding onto the hope that said technology will be available and able to deliver on its promises from day one.
This is true for in-building connectivity today. Many facilities have connectivity needs and expectations that can be addressed by 3G and 4G, which are quite reliable and robust. Most importantly, they are successful in addressing the wireless needs of today.
While we don’t know exactly what 5G will look like for in-building solutions, we do know how use a holistic approach to find the perfect balance between using today’s technology without sacrificing tomorrow’s readiness.
We at Zinwave are very excited about 5G technology and the other emerging solutions. At last year’sConnect (X), we announced our solution for OnGo, a next-gen wireless technology with game-changing potential. While we don’t know exactly what 5G will look like for in-building solutions, we do know how to use a holistic approach to find the perfect balance between using today’s technology without sacrificing tomorrow’s readiness.
Next week, Connect (X) in Orlando will be an exciting opportunity to bring the industry together to discuss what the wireless ecosystem looks like today, as well as explore potential solutions for future network needs. Although there are unknowns, one thing is certainly true today: our everyday lives and workflows require reliable infrastructure.
Smart buildings, for example, need robust connectivity to enable IoT to realize gains in energy and operation efficiency. It’s not enough for a smart building to simply have sensors in place. Those sensors must be part of a larger connected network of solutions. If a motion detector senses movement, it can respond by turning on the lights in that area and modify the room temperature. A more integrated solution could also verify permissions and provide access to other systems in the room, like A/V or telephone access.
These networks of networks will require building infrastructure capable of supporting the speed, capacity, and reliability for the way networks are utilized today and tomorrow. At the Connect (X) panel “Deep Fiber: Impact and Value in Smart and Connected Buildings” I will discuss with other industry experts how fiber cabling serves as an enabler, and how end-users can get the in-building connectivity they need today while positioning themselves for awesome technologies like 5G and OnGo when they’re ready.
Be sure to also follow the panels “Small Cell Designs, Deployments and Products to Support 5G Architecture,” and “All About Millimeter Wave Wireless in 5G Networks: Applications, Deployments, Solutions,” which will feature Zinwave CTO Slavko Djukic. In the spirit of Connect (X), he will be sharing his thoughts on what the future of the wireless industry should look like. Slavko is an industry veteran and technical genius with a gift for spotting trends, and his positions on these subjects are sure to influence how solutions based on these technologies shape up.
Connect (X) is the forum that brings the greatest minds in the industry together to blueprint the future of wireless connectivity. Addressing immediate needs will remain an important focus while preparing future technology. I expect that Connect (X) will highlight the need for infrastructure with the proper cabling design, and how investing in quality infrastructure now will pay dividends in robust connectivity in the future. We look forward to seeing you there!