Growing up the child of a scientist, I love scientific equipment. Not that I have professional lab grade equipment but stuff you can use at home. I have a video microscope that I got many years ago, as a gift from a friend. I also have an interface for my telescope to take pictures of items outside the atmosphere of earth. Those two devices represent two distinct areas; the Microscope is something I use primarily for my daughter and my coin collection. Coins are rated on their overall quality. You don’t ever clean them. Uncirculated coins that are sealed are worth more than circulated coins. We use the Microscope to view and review coins for their quality. The telescope is more related to my love of NASA and the reality of reaching beyond the atmosphere. It is one of the reasons that I love the products from Astroreality.
The reality of the Internet of Everything is that more and more of these devices are connected. My digital microscope connects to my wifi at home and can share images via WiFi. My telescope is offline, doesn’t connect on its own, but there are Telescopes coming that will sit on your home network and allow you to share images from space, with anyone. You could, connect to one of the WiFi picture frames and share pictures of small and large things in your office! That, in a very roundabout way, brings me to the topic for today. The reality of connections is critical and why they matter. First of all, let me caution against thinking that 5g E is anything like what 5g is going to be. It is simply marketing for AT&T to do that now.
What 5g brings is low latency. Latency is the time between a client asking for something and the application returning it. This can be as simple as I want to get my email. Your phone or computer sends a request to the server. The server verifies that you are allowed to receive the information in the email box. It then beings to send you the information. With each message, your device sends an acknowledgment to the server. That communication and connection are critical. The same is true for SMS messages. The same is true for Cellular calls. Now the process is different for all three, but the concepts are similar. That, initial and follow transfers are what latency is about. If it takes 2 minutes for my server to respond, then I wait. Reducing the latency of systems is what 5g will bring. The advantage of low latency at distance is that you can push compute resources closer to the user, or closer to the data. Either way you get increased value!
Do you have an internet connection at home?