This IDC Perspective discusses the impact of 5G wireless communication on robotics and manufacturing. It covers the current status of 5G development and commercial deployment, key differentiating capabilities of 5G as compared with previous generations of wireless communication technologies, 5G use cases, and new opportunities enabled for robotics and smart manufacturing.
"2019 is arguably the start of the 5G new era, with a fast-growing number of 5G commercial service announcement in the year. We are seeing escalating interests in developing and demonstrating application of 5G for robotics, both from robot suppliers and 5G equipment makers and communication service providers," said Dr. Jing Bing Zhang, research director, Worldwide Robotics and Asia/Pacific Manufacturing Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific. "Manufacturing organizations stand to benefit tremendously from the new capabilities and opportunities enabled by 5G and are advised to take proactive actions to investigate, understand, evaluate, and pilot proof-of-concept applications to prepare for and embrace the upcoming wave of innovation," added Zhang.