5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – June 26

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Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

Taking Digital Downtown – Urban communities that want to embrace twenty-first century technology have something in common: They want to harness the power of 5G. Just ask the winners of the 2019 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge. Racine (WI) Mayor Cory Mason, for example, plans to embrace 5G to help pave the way for autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation systems. Did your city make the list? Read more here and here.

AR and VR for the Masses – A recent report by Ericsson aims to dispel some myths on whether 5G is actually a game-changer for consumers and not just businesses. In a piece for Venture Beat, the CEO of Virtuleap gives his take. He says “don’t believe the myths” and cites early use cases. He also makes the point that AR and VR “always anticipated, and even demanded” this next-gen technology to reach their potential. Read more here.

Fueling the Internet of Things – It seems we’re on a trajectory that every “thing” will eventually become connected. From the consumer sector to the manufacturing sector, the “Internet of Things” is ever-growing, as is the need for the smooth and reliable flow of data. Enter 5G. Next-generation wireless technology “is likely to be [IoT’s] key enabler” according to a recent piece on IoT For All. Read more about the infrastructure behind 5G here.

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, Call on 5G – Did you know that government agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have spectrum? They use it to help assess and analyze the weather – from storm patterns, to seismic activity to tsunami buoys. Recently, some concern was expressed that the spectrum the wireless industry is seeking to leverage for 5G networks would interfere with NOAA’s ability to track weather. But that’s not the case according to a NOAA technology analyst In fact, the analyst argues “5G will also enable a vast array of passive and active sensing and reporting that will only improve public agency analytics, research, and the important services they offer to the American people.” Read more here.

What to Watch – 5G could thrust us into the fourth industrial revolution. With anticipation building for game-changing speeds, real-time reactions, and more, we could see advances in telemedicine, AI, and autonomous driving just to name a few. What are the top 5G companies to watch? Read more here to see which companies are worth keeping an eye on.

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