Wireless connectivity might be critical to achieving long-term smart cities thanks to 5G connectivity

Wireless connectivity might be critical to achieving long-term smart cities thanks to 5G connectivit ...

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Hatem Zeine, the founder, president, and CEO of Ossia, contributed this article.

The International Optelecommunications Agency (IoT) which is currently planning to connect over 10 billion devices, is expected to grow rapidly in a 5G environment, and estimates an additional 500 billion devices connected by 2030. One of the benefits of 5G coverage is its ability to increase the number of connected devices by magnitude. The first time we will have a network that will truly connect every device in the world.

This flexibility allows for a broad spectrum of new IoT applications to be successful, including large, superfast networks that improve supply chains and expedite manufacturing processes. However, the IoT's real-time data capabilities are among the most anticipated when it comes to applications. These capabilities are designed to balance power loads, reduce unnecessary resource consumption, and improve security.

There is a barrier that doesn't get enough attention to the deployment of IoT: power. Today's typical wired and battery power delivery methods aren't up to the challenge of powering hundreds of billions of devices; humanity has not built that many batteries in 200 years, and there is no way we will not be wiring that many. We'll need to rethink how we power sensors and devices to meet the challenges and realize the promise of the. Wireless power.

Future power is not limited to wires and conventional batteries.

While 5G makes it possible to expand the IoT with hundreds of thousands of new connected devices, conventional power delivery methods place restrictions on what the IoT deployment on 5G can be. Wireless power, a safe, reliable power that is delivered to devices automatically from a distance, is the most modern electrical infrastructure we need, and it can be deployed alongside 5G.

Cities across the country will need metropolitan-sized networks to increase operational efficiency, transfer critical data to the public, and improve municipal services. For example, IoT sensors in devices can collect information about air quality, temperatures, resource consumption, general health, and activity levels around the cities, allowing rapid analysis to design and deploy improvements. However, all of these sensors require electricity.

While reducing wiring and maintenance costs, wireless power will be used at an all-time high, allowing for personal consumer smart home gadgets, mobile phones, tablets, and gaming devices to be charged up automatically.

Batteries on the other hand have large environmental costs: removing rare Earth metals, manufacturing the batteries, and eventually disposing of them have wreak havoc on our environment.

  • Mining for the battery chemistry has negatively impacted ecosystems, health of populations and wildlife across the globe.
  • The cost of energy from a battery is typically 5,000 times greater than the equivalent energy from a wall socket. This comes from the costs of raw materials, manufacturing, shipping etc.
  • Battery disposal is becoming an environmental nightmare, with more devices manufactured that have a short life span means that the batteries, even rechargeable ones, are being disposed in huge numbers worldwide.

Powering a durable 5G future is via internet.

Sustainability is a key component of the smart city vision. 5G makes it possible for smart cities to use data and technology to increase efficiency, increase productivity, and transform municipalities into viable hubs. Wireless power helps to achieve this goal by reducing excessive battery and electronic device waste.

, an independent research firm, estimated the potential impact wireless power on the IoT over the next five to ten years. Three potential IoT sensor use cases, which represent less than 1% of the total number of sensors expected to be deployed in the next five years, are being examined. Even in that limited capacity, the positive environmental impact of switching to wireless power is expected to be significant:

  • Between 41,000-83,000 kilotons of waste avoided
  • 238,000-476,000 standard containers (40 feet) of battery waste eliminated
  • The equivalent of 66,000-132,000 cars removed from the road
  • 468-936 tons of lithium avoided
  • 936M-1.87B liters of water saved (equivalent of 720 Olympic-sized pools)
  • 306,500-613,000 emissions avoided (tCO2e)

Again, these are the estimated effects of wireless power over a fraction of 1% of IoT devices. These numbers out are extrapolated as a result of larger wireless power deployment and the incredible potential of wireless power to enhance sustainability.

Trends in power technology

In a smart city context, a wireless power infrastructure would reduce the cost of conventional power while also enabling the more widespread deployment of-connected sensors. These might be used to drive smart transit, parking, and traffic management initiatives while also bolstering innovation in other sectors, including healthcare, education, and public services.

5G is already influencing new technology trends across the board. Those two technologies may ramp up a floodgate of creativity, unlocking innovations across sectors, including smart cars, smart homes, virtual reality and many more.

5G is a game changer. Its scalability, speed, and data capacity are all going well in tandem with IoT initiatives. Those are all admirable, but people are rightly optimistic about the possibilities, including the potential for smart cities. However, before the IoT's promise can be fully fulfilled, we must overcome the limitations of conventional power to IoT. Wireless power deployed with 5G might be the foundation for achieving that sustainable vision.

Ossia's founder, president, and CEO, Hatem Zeine, has served as the president and CEO of the company.

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