In Ofcom’s latest report, ‘Supporting the expanding role of wireless innovation in UK industry’, they talk about some of the key areas of technological challenge in the coming years and what they are doing to support businesses use of wired and wireless technology.
Harnessing the potential of wireless connections will be crucial for companies and the economy as a whole over the coming years. Different sectors will face their own specific challenges. Businesses and organisations across public and private sectors are increasingly looking to new technologies and digital solutions in order to become more flexible, agile and responsive in the way they operate. This should lead to tangible benefits such as increased efficiency and productivity and lower costs.
The increasing use of connected devices and sensors is extending the uses for the Internet of Things (IoT). While IoT solutions are not necessarily a new technology, the increasing number of applications and devices being developed have the potential to deliver significant benefits to consumers and businesses, such as improved healthcare and better energy and transport services. The vast amount of data generated by these devices, can provide significant insight and generate better targeted interactions, improve processes and increase quality of service. Additionally, the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is leading to significant changes across many industries such as logistics and retail.
All of these developments will require a connectivity solution that is capable of handling large quantities of data (high capacity). For instances where the data needs to be analysed instantaneously, a low latency solution will also be required. High availability Fibre Ethernet Circuits with speeds of up to 100Mbs or up to 1Gbs are ever more affordable, and a realistic option for businesses of all sizes.
A new generation of general purpose, reconfigurable and collaborative robots has also emerged in recent years. Together with an increase in productivity, these robots allow product personalisation and reduce the time required for product reconfiguration, leading to overall cost reduction. Applications relying on augmented and virtual reality are also gaining traction, from immersive retail, education and construction applications, to the use of augmented reality on site for training purposes and to solve problems remotely. To be effective, these applications require high capacity communications with very low latency.
Connectivity is a key component to support the innovative technologies mentioned above. The data, collected via sensors, on the shop floor, on the energy grid, or by any other IoT solutions, need to be analysed in order to be acted upon. In some circumstances this information needs to be communicated to a central unit and analysed instantaneously, in order for instructions to be sent back and implemented. Automated factories can often benefit from the flexibility of coordinated robots, moving freely across the factory floor, allowing for fast reconfiguration of the production line in response to changes in demand. In case of emergencies or unexpected events, the robots can quickly send information and receive instructions back. In most cases, the increased flexibility of wireless connectivity maximises the benefits delivered by the increasing use of these technologies. Many organisations and businesses see connectivity as part of the solution to improve their processes and/or to develop innovative products and services. Still, very often they are not particularly concerned by the type of solution in terms of its technical aspects or the type of provider, as long as it meets their requirements – including cost – and their digital transformation objectives.
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