Nine Tech Trends and the 5G Debate

Jun 04 2019

Eli Tiomkin

Tech trends of 2019 all point to data management and digital transformation. Nine tech trends identified by BBVA include: 1) 5G Networks; 2) Artificial Intelligence (AI); 3) Autonomous Devices; 4) Blockchain; 5) Augmented Analytics; 6) Digital Twins; 7) Enhanced Edge Computing; 8) Immersive Experiences in Smart Spaces (VR, AR, MR); and 9) Digital Ethics and Privacy. To be successful and sustainable, each of these requires massive data, data movement, and real-time data analytics. Success is dependent on speed coupled with relevant data, sorted from exponentially growing banks of data- In other words, computational storage and real-time analytics.

The first of these trends, 5G, is already mired in conflict between the biggest data players- the FCC versus the Navy, NOAA, and NASA. 5G delivers increased capacity, lower latency, and faster speeds. The challenge of 5G network design is creating a flexible network architecture to meet the demands of an Internet of Things (IoT) future. The technology is expect to connect everything 100x faster than our cell connection and 10x faster than any current broadband service to realize the full potential of other technologies, including drones, VR, and IoT.

However, when the FCC began auctioning off blocks of the 24 GHz spectrum to implement future 5G networks, the Navy warned of interference with weather satellites. The Navy relies on forecasts from NOAA and NASA to use remote sensing in the GHz bands to determine water vapor. NOAA and NASA asked the FCC to protect frequencies but, for $2B, the FCC auctioned off a block with minimal protections. In response to that sale, two US Senators accused the FCC of the potential for “dangerous impacts on American natural security, to American industries, and to the American people.”

This is particularly timely considering the devastation in the wake tornadoes across the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio. Entire cities heeded warnings, took shelter, and lives were saved due to the accuracy of these forecasts. How significant might this interference with current forecasting be? NOAA Neil Jacobs says it will degrade forecasts by up to 30% resulting in several days delay in warnings.

The Chairman for the FCC, Ajit V. Pai, denounces these warning, and asserts, “The Commission’s decisions with respect to spectrum have been and will continue to be based on sound engineering rather than exaggerated and unverified last-minute assertions.” Ouch. Stay tuned as these powerhouses debate implementation of 5G. It is coming- it is a question of where. Want to talk about Big Data and today’s tech trends? Contact us at NGD Systems to hear more about how computational storage can help leverage these trends.

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