Samsung Promotes Smart City Tech With '5G City' Preview

Samsung is using its own ‘Digital City’ headquarters to promote its vision of how 5G networking will impact the rise of smart city technology. The headquarters, which spans 390 acres encompassing four office towers up to 38 stories tall, 131 separate buildings, recreational facilities, and a guesthouse, is located in Suwon Korea. Alongside a more general announcement, the company has also uploaded a new video showing off at least part of what it has planned for the city-scale IoT market. Specifically, it is experimenting with three key aspects being experimented with, including a 5G Stadium, 5G Connectivity Node, and 5G Kiosk. Each component is intended to highlight how next-generation networks can enable interconnectivity between a variety of products and services to the benefit of both consumers and city officials. 5G Kiosks would represent the former of those since they effectively act as hotspots for 5G while 5G Connectivity Nodes could have more specialized purposes. However, those will also serve much more business-centric or city-focused purposes too.

For example, Samsung shows how the Kiosk technology could be used to enable faster communications for connected busses, for example, enabling downloads at between one and three Gigabits per second. That would enable mapping data updates, high-definition video, and other software updates to be streamed to the bus with a much lower latency than current networking allows for. For an autonomous vehicle, the updates could effectively be applied on the fly while technology-assisted human-driven busses could incorporate media for passengers and improved navigation assistance for drivers. In the same vein, Samsung’s 5G Connectivity Node provide insight into how a similar 5G-based connectivity hub could enable more efficient signage, CCTV cameras, and other sensors. Those would be closed networks that aren’t necessarily accessible to external devices but would form the backbone for traffic and weather monitoring or streaming connections between municipal hardware. It would also enable A.I.-based solutions to detect crime via machine vision and machine learning, in addition to interaction with other technologies connected to various 5G devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or other protocols. For example, the cameras might be connected to street lamps and similar systems as well as monitors and A.I. to help manage and optimize lighting for the camera feeds themselves.

Finally, the Korean tech giant shows how experiences at event venues can be improved using 5G with its ‘5G Stadium.’ As its name implies, Samsung is more directly focused on sporting events with its test environment, specifically centering around the secondary advantages brought by 5G network communications. Next-generation networks allow for a much more comprehensive use of radio bands with massive MIMO enabling multiple input and output signals per device. The 5G Stadium shows how multiple visitors to a sports venue can stream high-quality, lag-free replay videos or view different perspectives of the action at a baseball game using 5G-connected touch-screen devices.


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