5G and IoT: Purpose and Implications
Lately, there have been a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the 5G network. A lot of people have suggested that there is a link between 5G and the coronavirus but this statement has been thoroughly debunked by the media leaving many confused. This leads us to the question: what exactly is 5G?
What is 5G?
Qualcomm, the company responsible for inventing the foundational breakthroughs that make 5G possible, explains it as
“5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.
5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.”Qualcomm: What is 5G?
In other words, the 5G network is a more sophisticated version of the mobile broadband.
What are the benefits?
Tech Radar gives a lists of benefits which include:
- Faster download and upload speeds
- Smoother streaming of online content
- Higher-quality voice and video calls
- More reliable mobile connections
- Greater number of connected IoT devices
- Expansion of advanced technologies – such as self-driving cars & smart cities
What then is IoT?
IoT stands for the Internet of Things. Investopedia defines it as a network comprised of physical objects capable of gathering and sharing electronic information. In other words, it is a network of devices or things connected to the internet without the assistance of a human being.
This means that these devices or things communicate with each other in order to complete certain tasks without human intervention. For instance, when your alarm rings at 5 am, it could send a message to your coffee brewer to start brewing your coffee. As that is going on, your fridge could be preparing breakfast recipes using some of the ingredients that are stored in it. All of this would be possible in a smart home which of course includes smart devices.
However, this is not only limited to homes– it extends to agriculture, health care, oil and gas, transportation and so on.
What has 5G got to do with IoT?
Everything! This is because the 5G is a superfast network. With this, one can download a full-length movie in a matter of seconds– not minutes– seconds!
According to How-to-Geek, the Consumer Technology Association pointed out that a two-hour movie can be downloaded in 3.6 seconds on 5G, whereas it would take 6 minutes on 4G and 26 hours on 3G.
But in connection with IoT, it means consumers will benefit from greater reliability of their connected devices as such things or devices depend on real-time updates. Devices that fall into these categories are locks, security cameras, and the likes.
Not only that, but it also has the ability to support the deployment of a massive number of connected devices. Simply put, more devices (thousands and thousands) can be connected and information can be sent or received in a matter of seconds.
As a result, several questions have popped up. Won’t a connected world be susceptible to cyberattacks? What does this mean for surveillance? What are the effects of 5G and IoT on health, privacy among others? Are there any implications? Absolutely!
Surveillance in some countries such as China creates omnipresent surveillance networks. This is because they have integrated video surveillance from cities to villages and from roads to residential compounds with the use of artificial intelligence.
It gives information on who is doing what, where and when. Not only that, it tracks suspects (anyone the government feels is one) and those associated with them.
Currently, China has an estimate of 170million surveillance cameras in operation which is equivalent to one camera for every 12 people. Let’s not forget that these cameras are powerful enough to identify someone even in the midst of thousands through facial recognition.
Imagine how much more information will be gotten in a matter of seconds when connected to 5G?
With the IoT and ID2020 in place, it is clear that there’ll be no privacy whatsoever for anyone. On the outside, surveillance cameras are watching, inside– a microchip and your IoT could also be tracking and spying on you. This also means that even your internet searches won’t be left out. The 5G network will make it faster to access every single thing that concerns you– in a matter of seconds. It can also give room for blackmail and manipulation beyond one’s control. Pretty scary, huh?
On Health and Environment:
As stated earlier, many people were sure that 5G had something to do with COVID-19. They felt that the installment of towers would cause the virus to spread. The media debunked that rumour as there is no proof that that could happen. However, concerns are being raised on electromagnetic radiation and the effect it will have on mankind.
More than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warn about the danger of 5G despite claims of 5G being safe. According to The Guardian, 5G was confirmed safe by radiation watchdog however scientists think otherwise.
The scientists, in an appeal to the European Union, argue that 5G will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
The telecommunication industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of “fear-mongering” over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G, according to Scientific America. An excerpt from a post on their site reads:
“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.
Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.
Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”Scientific America: We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe
An excerpt from a post by “The NewYorker” says:
“A totally connected world will also be especially susceptible to cyberattacks. Even before the introduction of 5G networks, hackers have breached the control center of a municipal dam system, stopped an Internet-connected car as it travelled down an interstate, and sabotaged home appliances.
Ransomware, malware, crypto-jacking, identity theft, and data breaches have become so common that more Americans are afraid of cybercrime than they are of becoming a victim of violent crime. Adding more devices to the online universe is destined to create more opportunities for disruption. “5G is not just for refrigerators,” Spalding said.
“It’s farm implements, it’s airplanes, it’s all kinds of different things that can actually kill people or that allow someone to reach into the network and direct those things to do what they want them to do. It’s a completely different threat that we’ve never experienced before.” “The NewYorker: The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network
This is in line with the ID2020 agenda. To control everything and everyone. It is clear that some select few are desperately trying to play God.
Like I always say, this is about power, control, and greed at the expense of millions of lives. It goes to show just how far people are willing to go in order to get what they are thirsty for– forgetting that they are mere mortals. It’s a shame.
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