How 5G Will Revolutionize How Buildings Work
The arrival of 5G will undoubtedly impact how we live. By 2030, there will be many smart cities where all devices are connected to the cellular network and each other. As a result, workplaces, industrial, commercial spaces, and public buildings may see some essential enhancements resulting from the 5G introduction.
Modern manufacturing and logistics facilities already make excellent use of automation for industrial and commercial spaces. But with internal 5G networks, devices will be able to interact and communicate 100 times faster than using 4G.
Connected with artificial intelligence (AI), machines on assembly lines or within distribution centers will offer real-time information about everything. From malfunctioning elements to diverting mechanical resources to foretold increased order flows, 5G will assist businesses in leading the era of entirely autonomous industrial and commercial processes.
Other places will benefit too. For example, hospitals using IoT (Internet of Things) bedside devices can transfer data outside a building to a call center or an AI-enabled cloud platform to join data from other devices to create behavioral-based warnings and preventative alerts.
Why 5G Requires Network Infrastructure Development
Building owners and organizations will have to upgrade existing infrastructure or invest in new network systems entirely because 5G uses distinctive wavelengths than 4G.
5G networks use shorter millimeter waves than the wavelengths used by 4G. These shorter wavelengths allow 5G networks to carry large amounts of data with zero latency. However, while 4G wavelengths have about 10 miles, 5G wavelengths have nearly 1,000 feet, making it easier to block.
So, to ensure a reliable 5G signal and connectivity, the need to install many 5G cell towers and antennas everywhere will increase. In the outside world, that means every traffic light and buildings will soon have small antennas attached to them to maintain the speeds people want.
However, to maintain indoor signal strength through thick walls and internal structures, antennas will have to be located at strategic spots to gain the advantage of high-speed indoor wireless coverage. Completing such an internal network comes in the form of disturbed antenna systems (DAS).
Why DAS is the Best Solution for 5G
DAS may not be the only solution for implementing an internal 5G wireless network. Small cellular antennas can also be introduced to provide cellular network services inside buildings; however, they don’t offer the most proper solution for delivering 5G coverage for an independent structure. DAS is a far more effective and powerful solution than either a hybrid setup or standalone.
Let’s dig in further on why DAS is the more suitable option by discussing the evolution of internal cellular connectivity, beginning with passive DAS.
In the 3G and 4G era, indoor cellular networks’ initial purpose was to extend voice and data coverage. Passive DAS allowed a perfect solution in this instance because it needed no further investment in base stations or radio equipment. Instead of connecting a high-powered radio to an antenna, passive DAS utilizes low-power antennas connected via coaxial cables spreading within a building to transfer the signal.
Active DAS was developed to adhere to the demands that followed the high-speed connectivity demand.
This architecture captures the signal then transmits a signal over a digital network throughout a building through copper cabling or structured fiber before reconstituting the signals much closer to antenna points. This architecture provides much higher-quality network coverage and offers an excellent solution for large buildings with several internal structures that can conflict and interfere with radio frequencies.
There are a few reasons why your business should start investing in 5G connectivity.
Contact DAS Systems today to learn more about how we can help your organization integrate 5G and invest in the future.