As the volume of data from connected equipment increases, efficient data transfer to higher-order systems becomes that much more critical. Data is being analysed and used in subsequent operations, and there should be as little lag between when it is transmitted, and when it is received as possible. The 5G standard calls for data download speeds at a minimum of 1Gbps with an upper limit of 20Gbps, and lag times of less than 1mSec. As a comparison, 4G is currently 100Mbps with an upper limit of 1Gbps with typical lag times of 100mSec. The increase in speed means that at a minimum, 5G will be ten times faster at the low end, and up to 20 times faster at the high end with lag times being 100 times less; a massive increase in performance and capability.

The typical New Zealand company will pass larger volumes of data to higher-order systems where the data can be analysed and actioned. For forward-thinking companies who would like to implement digital strategies to improve their productivity, reduce running costs and ensure product quality, this is excellent news.

Siemens New Zealand will be releasing several products for local area solutions, as well as connecting to automation equipment.

Please contact CNC Design to discuss possible solutions for your application.