The Internet of Things (IoT) is on rise. The number of connected devices is set to increase from 700 million to 3.2 billion by 2023. While there are a number of factors contributing to this rise, one of the most important will be the development of 5G networks.
The upcoming launch of the fifth-generation of cellular mobile communications or 5G is great news for the IoT market. This is primarily due to the fact that 5G networks will go a long way towards improving the performance and reliability of these connected devices. Here's why.
The commercial success of any IoT is ultimately tied to its performance, which is dependent on how quickly it can communicate with other IoT devices, smartphones and tablets, software in the form of its app or website, and more. With 5G, data-transfer speeds will increase significantly.
According to reports, 5G will be 10 times faster than current LTE networks. This increase in speed will allow IoT devices to communicate and share data faster than ever.
When it comes to smart homes devices, for example, this increase in speed help to reduce lag and improve the overall speed in which connected devices send and receive data and notifications.
Besides smart home devices, nearly all IoT devices will benefit from greater speeds including those with healthcare and industry applications.
Greater Network Reliability
In addition to the increase in speed, 5G networks will operate more reliably creating more stable connections. Having a reliable and stable network conditions is extremely important for any IoT, but especially for connected devices like locks, security cameras, and other monitoring systems that depend on real-time updates.
With the ability of a 5G network to handle more connected devices, consumers will benefit from greater reliability of their connected devices.
The high-speed connectivity, very low latency, and greater coverage that will arrive with the next generation network will be key for IoT's. To take advantage of these improvements, manufactures must first invest in building 5G-compatible devices.
Manufactures must equally embrace quality assurance testing to ensure their new devices and software function and perform as intended across a variety of conditions. If not, many new devices will flop as a result of bugs that will reduce the potential gains that 5G has to offer.
IoT Testing Advice
To better prepare for your current and future IoT testing campaigns, discover testing advice that can help you execute a better test for your IoT projects.
In 2017 alone, StarDust partnered with a plethora of brands to execute more than 300 QA campaigns including those for various IoT devices. This trend is set to continue given the fact that IoT’s represent nearly 25% of our clients’ QA needs today.
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