The role of DAS in smart manufacturing
It is beautiful to think that a tiny technological advancement – be it software or hardware – can send shockwaves over industries from all walks of life, regardless of vocation. One small discovery could shift business models over a few days.
The Internet has genuinely deeply engraved itself within humanity, integrating itself into almost every facet of our lives, breeding new career paths, curricula, innovations, and professions.
Let’s take the emergence of 5G.
Upon the announcement, the fifth generation of mobile networks empowered millions of technologies and innovations stretching complete sectors, from telecoms to MedTech, and even reaching farming and agriculture.
One of the primary beneficiaries of 5G’s massive speeds and minimal latency is the manufacturing industry, which wants to witness a mass overhaul to its structure. The smart factories of tomorrow will contain a sea with devices, sensors, and robotics that will depend on the speed of 5G to operate within split-second tasks.
A recent study by research firm Absolute Reports highlighted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global 5G Equipment market is estimated to be worth $6.21 billion in 2022 and is forecast to be a readjusted size of $11.49 billion by 2028 with a CAGR of 10.8 percent.
This will significantly impact 5G’s reach into manufacturing and has already started to surface within some tech companies – such as Tesla’s Gigafactories – leading the charge for more connected production lines.
For this to happen, the factories of tomorrow must start deploying distributed antenna systems (DAS) to begin the transitioning online, leveraging the power of 5G to optimize the entire process.
The integrated DAS systems will allow for the free flow of bandwidth and information to command centers set up within the factory floor to control, adjust, and monitor the manufacturing process, intervening when necessary. In parallel, the factory’s output will significantly increase via data presented by the many devices and sensors deployed.
As the world becomes ever more connected, especially with the rise in IoT devices worldwide, DAS systems will continue to see significant growth in the decade to come, as it will host the coming digital world of the metaverse.
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