5G: Next-Generation Connectivity is Only Possible With Next-Generation Reliability

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Mallory McGuinness | December 18, 2020

The global 5G services market size is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.9% from 2021 to 2027. By the end of this period, the market value will be upwards of $414.50 billion. The adoption of 5G services over this forecast period will be driven by demand for high-speed data connectivity that unifies and augments Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as smart cities.

5G represents the 5th generation mobile network, a new worldwide wireless standard. This next-generation standard creates a new kind of network: one designed to connect everyone and everything, including devices, components, and machines – perfect for IoT enablement.

But behind every disruptive technology is a system of sensitive circuitry – printed circuit boards (PCBs) repeaters, antenna modules, routers, and the C-RAN network, which, when unprotected, are jeopardized by commonplace environmental elements such as rain, humidity, pollution, corrosives, and contaminants that can cause failure. Next-generation technology calls for next-generation protection, notably, thin-film conformal coating solutions and nanocoatings that add minimal weight and bulk while maximizing reliable operation.

View our video series on how to protect IoT devices from the harshest environments.

Smart City 5G Connectivity – Two High Stakes Appliciations

Public Security and Surveillance Systems

Municipalities are investing in public security and surveillance systems to foster safer smart cities. High speed 5G cellular connectivity enables mobile video surveillance streaming, providing instant feed monitoring of surveillance drones, on-body cameras worn by law officers, and cameras installed on public transport or police vehicles, just to name a few. With the adoption of 5G, public security and surveillance systems will experience a performance boost that yields more sophisticated real-time video content analytics. This network will also facilitate the deployment of massive numbers of additional cameras.

Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Infrastructure

The next-generation network is also expected to enable real-time information sharing about road conditions and traffic among cars and other vehicles. This 5G-based V2X infrastructure will be implemented with roadside sensors, V2X base stations, and 5G communication devices in vehicles. The system would warn drivers about hazardous road conditions and impending safety-critical situations, increasing road safety considerably.

5G Failure is Not an Option

As a manufacturer or device engineer, you likely know that component failure, especially one enabling a high-stakes use case, can put lives at risk. If real-time sharing about road conditions or video surveillance went down due to a component failure, it would at a minimum disrupt daily routines. In a worst-case scenario, lives could be lost, and your business might be held liable. In addition to risk, downtime, and service calls, product recalls are another reality for mission-critical devices, with the average recall cost amounting to $12 million.

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Why HZO Makes 5G More Reliable

5G next-generation technology will deliver increased availability, more consistent user experiences, increased availability, and more reliability – provided that the components behind the technology are reliable too. That’s where HZO comes in, with next-generation thin-film coatings. These include Parylene conformal solutions and protective nanocoatings, perfect for electronics, delivering superior protection at thinness less than a strand of human hair. These films add functionalities to protect devices from smart city environments including, pollutants, humidity, corrosives, and contaminants.

Drawing upon our Spectrum of Protection™ suite of chemical compositions and our repeatable processes, we can deliver business-specific protection results that align with your needs. If you design or produce 5G technology and have a specific problem, we’ve got a solution. Reach out to us today for more information.

In a worst-case scenario, lives could be lost, and your business might be held liable.


Mallory McGuinness

Mallory is an electronics protection evangelist who writes content for HZO. In her free time she is reading non-fiction, and hanging out with her beta fish, King Awesome.

Ryan Moore

Ryan is a 9-year veteran to the world of protecting electronics from harsh environments and a lover of all things technology.

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