Earlier this year, HMS Networks surveyed 50 industry professionals from around the world to ascertain the level of wireless communications in their companies and to see how they are getting ready for the launch of 5G. The company has now published the results of this survey in a white paper - “5G: Is the industry ready?” – available now from the company’s website.
The white paper provides an overview of the industry’s opinions towards 5G technology as an emerging trend and future standard in the manufacturing and industrial automation industry. It also touches on the use of wireless technologies in the industry today and future directions of this technology.
More than half (54%) of those surveyed do use wireless communication solutions for remote monitoring and remote operation of assets. And one third of the respondents (34%) said that that their companies were using wireless communication for different kinds of IIoT.
Half of the interviewees (48%) were clearly positive about 5G in manufacturing – they liked the idea that the technology will replace cables, unreliable Wi-Fi, and the many industrial standards in use today.
For the majority (58%) of the respondents, the reliability and robustness of wireless systems was the key consideration in whether to adopt 5G or not, and this was true for both OT and IT. And low latency was mentioned as important by more than a quarter (26%) of the interviewees.
“The survey clearly showed that the industry is getting increasingly aware of 5G benefits for industrial communication,” says Marcela Alzin, Program Manager at HMS Labs at HMS Networks. “What the industry really needs is technical information and practical examples, which is why I created a fictional model of a typical OT professional and his attitude towards 5G. This should help to better understand the situation on the market“.