5G technology could be highly beneficial in reducing environmental problems thanks to its increased speed and reliability, the two factors that underpin its efficiency. The high speed broadband allows for instant monitoring and data collection on how systems are running and operating even in the most remote places. Thus professionals could assess and address a situation before it becomes a problem or emergency.
With water becoming more scarce from growing populations and a heating planet, the need to conserve it is more urgent. On average, 90 billion gallons of water are wasted in a year in the U.S. due to leakages. 5G could now allow water pattern usage and leaks to be monitored instantly from meters, leak detectors, and other sensors used on the utility network providing real-time data while being able to receive this information from even the most remote parts of the country.
Six trends redefining the future of water from @IdricaHQ:
1️⃣ Remote water management
2️⃣ Autonomously run DWTPs
3️⃣ Pre-emptive decisions in WWTPs
4️⃣ Leak detection overhaul
5️⃣ Smart irrigation
6️⃣ 5G to manage water infastructures.
— @atlanteanmedia (@atlanteanmedia) September 28, 2021
Dr. Kirti Gupta, VP of Economic Strategy at Qualcomm, says “With 5G latency gets down to one millisecond, less than a flash of the camera, and a reliability of 99.999999%. The other advantage 5G brings is the ability to have it deployed in rural areas, not only urban settings, which is mostly where you find smart meters today.”
Smart meters can also be helpful to monitor and manage usage and monitor and project water storage systems and rationing if needed. As a result of the real-time data being collected and analyzed, adjustments can be made for better water storage or peak time tariffs before the issue becomes too late. It will also allow for the customer to receive more accurate billing.
The same method can be applied to monitoring power usage. 5G can allow smart sensors in the electrical grid to detect and respond to power spikes reducing the chances of blackouts, brownouts, and system overloads before they happen.
For transportation, 5G from vehicles will instantly track and monitor traffic flows, patterns, lane changes, speed increases, and decreases. The real-time data can be used to adjust roadways, systems, and traffic lights to allow traffic to flow as efficiently as possible to reduce unnecessary engine idling generating greenhouse gases. This while improving people’s quality of life by not spending it sitting in traffic.
Read the latest #whitepaper published by @5GAmericas on “Vehicular Connectivity: C-V2X and 5G” disclosing the impacts of 5G-based #CV2X technologies on vehicles, embedded infrastructure, and intelligent transportation networks.https://t.co/YAInhUqkGx
— 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) (@5GAA_official) September 27, 2021
When it comes to agriculture, the use of 5G-enabled drones allows for more efficient and accurate pesticide spraying. This will reduce the amount and frequency of pesticide needed. Using drones will also positively impact farmworkers who can keep a safer distance from the chemicals and not be subjected to the health-damaging effects of the toxic chemicals.
— Xavier Remy Marc (@Xavier_Sr_2) February 25, 2020
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The saying less is more holds true with what 5G technology can do to help conserve our planet since there is no planet B. There is no doubt that 5G can provide a more sustainable future through gains in efficiency and conservancy. All this while providing thousands of new jobs needed to install the technology and then use it.
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