By 2020 more than 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be connected to a worldwide network, producing incalculable amounts of data. In order to make sense of this data and efficiently access the information produced by the IoT network, researchers have created an architecture called the 5G I-IoT paradigm, which combines the fifth generation (5G) cellular network with artificial intelligence, creating an Intelligent Internet of Things (I-IoT).
“The evolution of 5G networks is becoming a major driving force for the growth of IoT,” explained Dan Wang, a researcher from Xidian University. “5G is expected to have extended coverage, faster speeds and massive bandwidth, compared to other cellular networks. It could prove a key component toward our harnessing of worldwide IoT data.”
5G I-IoT is the convergence of the Internet, intelligence, and electronic devices, all routed through the 5G network. This paradigm connects IoT devices and sensors to a cloud processing center, where the sensory data is gathered and analyzed using AI. This analysis is then funneled to end-users who are requesting the information in industries such as transportation, agriculture, and healthcare. With these data-insights, users will be able to make informed decisions relevant to their field of work.
Soon, IoT will be a part of our daily lives. By leveraging the power of 5G networks and artificial intelligence, researchers believe we will be able to easily access the data collected by IoT devices to enhance industries from public safety and transportation, to energy, agriculture, and beyond.