Use cases for 5G applications continue to grow – encompassing consumer multimedia, automotive management, robotics control, and more. For any of these areas to continue to grow, architects must make a new focus on the layer between the 5G infrastructure and user applications.
Customers are promised higher-performance data networks that they may not even need. If 5G is not just for consumers, then who is going to benefit truly? The talk is about next-gen services. Think of automobiles as a mobile set of sophisticated sensors (IoT devices) attached to other cars on the distributed (5G) network. With reliable high-bandwidth networking and in-car processing platforms, an application can analyze behavior, communicate with other vehicles and assess local conditions to give immediate feedback to the driver. There is a new generation of machine-centric applications being built that require sophisticated networks and computational capabilities embedded in the network itself.
Two areas must be addressed by those wanting to leverage the advantages of this new computing powerhouse for their database-driven applications: scalability and synchronization.
A scalable data processing platform should be a part of the solution. A 5G network must provide, for example, robust interconnection between devices across a campus or neighborhood and adapt to changes of usage regardless of the locale. Saying, adding a new building to campus should only require adding another node in the overall network to maintain capacity.
The second barrier is keeping data up to date across the network. A 5 G-powered infrastructure, applications must go in and out of 5G coverage without breaking, collecting data, or user input while offline.
How to Prepare for 5G?
Data syncing rates and scalability are going to be a catalyst for developers to conjure new ways to create richer digital experiences. The hallmarks of complete business integration will be richer data streaming and more accurate information in apps. 5G may change the world, but only if it is first proven in the digital world’s backrooms, among databases, and their connection to the edge. If you want to prepare for 5G, this is the place to target your efforts.