Preparing for Tomorrow’s 5G Smart City

October 7

The 5G smart city is on the horizon. 5G technology will upgrade network infrastructures for business and home internet use. Although it will take years for its full deployment, the changes will set the pace for accelerated business models and enhanced urban planning.

A fundamental change that 5G brings to urban living is faster internet speeds - up to 20 times faster than 4G speeds. This acceleration will be crucial for reducing network latency issues and enabling mission-critical communications. The increased bandwidth capacity will also allow networks to support a significantly greater number of smart device connections.

How 5G Powers Smart Cities

The upcoming 5G smart city technologies will take time for mass deployment. But once the new system is in place, you will notice multiple improvements in urban quality of life. Smart buildings and sensors will constantly gather data, giving officials evidence for identifying inefficiencies. Here are some of the changes that 5G will make for smart cities:

  • Advanced 5G capabilities - The exponential expansion of data and internet traffic will be felt across all organizations that prepare for 5G. Sophisticated, high-speed connectivity will allow businesses to collaborate and deliver higher quality services. Law enforcement will also have more information at their fingertips to solves criminal cases.
  • Better security - Even though 5G will increase the amount of confidential data in private networks, organizations will be forced to upgrade to higher quality cybersecurity. This factor is one of the key reasons businesses are hesitant to invest in 5G, as it requires deeper investments in hardware and software.
  • Traffic and transportation solutions - Not only will 5G help solve transportation fleet issues, it will also allow for wider data transmission across mobile internet channels.
  • Cleaner, safer, energy-efficiency - Consumers will expand choices with automated purchasing and deliveries that reduce traffic jams and accidents. Wider frequencies will allow for more seamless distribution of data, which will be helpful during emergencies.
  • Personalized healthcare - Hospitals will adopt 5G to create more personalized connections with patients. Doctors will learn more about the health conditions of patients faster, as diagnostics and treatments speed up. Hospitals will save more lives due to faster diagnostic testing. Through predictive machine learning programs, organizations will have greater decision-making capabilities. Medical records will be shared by healthcare professionals more efficiently to meet the needs of patients.
  • More reliable city infrastructure - Connectivity among city infrastructure components will improve, thanks to 5G. The deployment of smart sensors will provide analysts greater insights on how to streamline community services.

City officials can use 5G for many infrastructure improvements, as it will help identify system vulnerabilities quickly. Local leaders will have a clearer idea on what type of equipment needs to be replaced to create higher living standards. They will also be able to hire technical talent more effectively, using AI and algorithms to prioritize the best job candidates.

A smooth transition to 5G will require local governments, businesses, stakeholders, and consumers to work together. Since each group will be affected by permanent changes.


Over the next decade, 5G technology will shape new standards for smart cities across the planet. Governments will be more connected with citizens while businesses will be more connected with supply chains. The result will be greater interconnectivity, less waste, and improved services. Ultimately, operational costs will decrease as cities move into a modernization phase of widespread interconnectivity.

Johannes Beekman

About the author

After 25 years in engineering, Johannes Beekman founded IoT Marketing with the goal of helping companies bring wide-scale awareness to their inventions. He received a Master of Science in Physics degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and started his career in the semiconductor field. Johannes pioneered two successful wafer fab startups for Philips Electronics; one in Europe and the second one in Asia. And served as Senior Program Manager for Sematech, where he provided solutions for semiconductor industry-wide product improvement and cost reduction challenges. Johannes has also published articles on several trade-focused websites.


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