As billions of connected devices in the ever-expanding IoT (Internet of Things) become part of 5G mobile networks, it is valid to predict that absolutely everything in our world will wind up being wirelessly connected, generating an unprecedented level of infrastructural intelligence that will change the way we live. The World Economic Forum hails it as “the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Qualcomm predicts 5G will be “bigger than electricity or the automobile.”
The International Telecommunication Union defines 5G peak minimum download speed at 20Gb/s, as opposed to current 4G peak download speed of about 100Mb/s. 5G technology will increase mobile data volume by 1,000x, support a density of one hundred times more devices per square meter, and connect up to 500 billion total connected devices.
Everything will be connected, including the flying taxis
Many industry predictions focus on 2019 as the year when commercial 5G mobile networks will become able to stream multiple 4K videos simultaneously without lagging. This will be the start of a decade heralding products and services such as untethered VR, live-streamed virtual reality events, surgery executed remotely, super-high-speed/low latency connectivity to the cloud, and meeting consumer demand for unlimited data.
Other areas that will experience the revolution include immersive mobile media, real-time surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, wearable healthcare devices, autonomous manufacturing, self-driving agricultural equipment/robots, retail asset and inventory tracking, and smart real-time infrastructure connectivity in homes and cities.
Oh, and some predict we are not terribly far away from commercially viable flying taxis.
Intel is preparing its hardware to counter the coming explosion in the cyberattack surface. Cyphre can help.
Moving physical network functions to virtualized networks and the cloud raises the specter of huge new attack surfaces that threaten the plans of mobile operators with everything from identity theft to endless, even more devastating data breaches. Fortunately, Intel has taken a step toward the future with its Software Guard Extensions (SGX) technology that sets up a software-secured enclave within processor memory.
SGX, in conjunction with Cyphre’s hardware-based data encryption technology, produces an iron-clad processor-level security solution to underpins 5G virtualized networks for securely transmitting, exchanging, and storing data across an essentially infinite connection fabric.
Does the viability of the coming 5G world rest on unbreakable encryption?
Yes. The coming age of service-oriented 5G heterogeneous networks with their complex protocols and architectures, device-to-device communications, massive multiple-input multiple-output, software-defined networks, and Internet of Things calls for advanced, hardware-based data encryption technologies that provide protection from the core to the network edge based on smart management and distribution of unassailable encryption keys.